School of Adult and Graduate Education

Traditional Admissions

Jill K. Odegaard
Associate Professor and Chair
610-437-4471 ext. 3347

Art Therapy:
Michelle L. Dean
Art Therapy Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
610-437-4471 ext. 3505

Art Therapy Major

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that engages the client in the creation of artwork, using the process of artmaking as a key component to healing—emotionally, mentally, and physically. By selecting the undergraduate art therapy major at Cedar Crest College, you will be introduced to a  studio-based program. It is designed for those who wish to explore their talents in a studio concentration (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Papermaking, Printmaking and Book Arts) while also making a difference in the lives of others and in communities.

Our studio-based program, taught by registered and board-certified art therapists along with practicing studio artists, is aligned with the curriculum guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association and will fully prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy. A master’s degree in art therapy is a minimum requirement to practice art therapy. Your bachelor’s degree will also prepare you to work in an array of fields.

Program Highlights

As an art therapy major at Cedar Crest, you will have access to several inspirational customized studio spaces, which include indoor and outdoor kilns, models, still life stands, a wood shop, and studios dedicated to sculpture, printmaking, and papermaking. In addition to developing your talents in multiple studio areas, you will be introduced to coursework in psychology, taught by psychology faculty members who hold doctoral degrees in their areas of expertise.

To learn more about the art therapy field, please visit the American Art Therapy Association’s website (

Art Therapy Mission Statement

The art therapy major at Cedar Crest College provides a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that fosters respect for each person and empowerment of the individual through relationship building, leadership development, civic engagement, global connectivity and health and wellness initiatives. Coursework inspires social awareness, community advocacy, and prepares students to be compassionate leaders using the healing potential of the arts.


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