Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy
Take a journey toward advanced studies in therapeutic art practice and professional pathways that infuse the creative process into mental health and human services with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. As a master's degree is required in the professional field of art therapy, the program rigorously prepares students to pursue graduate-level studies in art therapy as well as art therapy-related jobs.
This 120-credit hour Art Therapy BA program emphasizes intersectional and transdisciplinary study with opportunities for self-exploration and unique fieldwork opportunities, enabling students to develop a broad range of skills needed to succeed in careers that involve therapeutic art. Students learn communication and collaboration, creative design and planning, critical observation and research, and self-awareness and cultural responsiveness—skills that can be applied in many work settings and master's-level study in a variety of fields.
Students examine the important role of art making in promoting resilience in individuals, families and communities, and explore the role that art plays in addressing issues of inequality and injustice. They learn about the history, theories, philosophies and practices of art therapy, and engage in fieldwork placements that amplify coursework, build their confidence to work with people and demonstrate how therapeutic art helps others. Art therapy resources for those with diverse communicative, educational, emotional, physical and social needs are studied as well.
Students leave our program with skills, knowledge and self-awareness to enter graduate art therapy programs or the workplace, depending on their career goals.
The Therapeutic Art Club of Temple University brings together students interested in art therapy for discussions, art making, guest speakers and other events, including self-care nights and mental health awareness workshops. Club programming fosters a close-knit student community and supportive learning environment through therapeutic artistic activities, examination of the goals and achievements of the art therapy field, and applications of therapeutic art practice.