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Art therapy is a type of mental health professional that seeks to restore well-being of clients of all ages through the use of art and the creative processes.  The methods of art therapy can be beneficial for trauma victims, those stricken with physical ailments, dementia, autism, and depression to name a few.  As a means to express oneself and manage conflicts, art therapy can help improve interpersonal skills, reduce anxiety, negate stress, and provide individuals with a sense of accomplishment.  Client goals for those engaged in art therapy can include any number of the following desired outcomes in a person:

  • A sense of calm
  • Behavior management
  • Addiction management
  • Emotional conflicts
  • Enhancing self-awareness
  • Reality orientation
  • Social skill development
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Self-efficacy

To become an art therapist, knowledge of sculpture, drawing, creative writing, painting, human development, psychology, pathologies, and counseling theories is a must.  Clients benefiting from art therapy can include individuals of all ages, families, couples, small groups, and organizations.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$79,530

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

53.40%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

89,620

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Florida State University is the main institution of the State University System of Florida. It is classified as a doctoral research university, conferring more than 2,000 professional and graduate degrees annually. The FSU establishment sprawls over 1,500 acres in land area, with numerous facilities and more than 500 buildings. Since its founding in 1951, it now has 15 colleges offering 275 different programs. Regional campuses and training centers are situated all over the state, some locations being in Sarasota, Panama City, and Daytona Beach. Overseas study centers are located in England, Italy, Panama, and Spain.

Noted for being a premier research university, Florida State houses several research institutes in various fields including physics, biology, sociology, and criminology, among others. Research laboratories include the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, High Performance Materials Institute, Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, Center for Advanced Power Systems, and the Institute for Energy Systems, Economics, and Sustainability. These laboratories are either funded or supported by various national and state government agencies.

The university is also known for its excellence in cultural arts. FSU presides over programs in affiliation with the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, focusing on the areas of visual arts, performing arts, cultural education, and history. Ringling is famous for its extensive collection of fine art in the North American region.

Florida State's Division of Student Affairs oversees student services for both academic and non-academic pursuits; from career counseling, to university housing and student health. Campus recreation facilities are located at the Leach Center, featuring provisions for both indoor and outdoor sports activities. The center houses an indoor track, swimming pool, atrium, and various courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis.

Acceptance Rate

35.97

Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts

History

The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.

Academics

The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.

Traditions

There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
Fight!

Athletics

The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Temple University is a large university with more than 17 schools and colleges.  It is known as a world-class teaching and public research institution, located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Along with University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, Temple is one of three public research universities in Pennsylvania.  Temple's research programs consistently receive top ranking in the U.S.

History

Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple University in 1884.  Dr. Conwell was a minister, philanthropist, lawyer and writer. A public speaker known best for his "Acres of Diamonds" speech, the university's football team pays homage to Dr. Conwell by wearing diamond motifs on their uniforms.

Academics

Temple University follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Temple University has more than 130 majors for undergraduates to choose from, 121 master's degrees, and 56 doctoral degrees, and seven professional degrees.

Special Programs include Graduate Study and University Studies  (A resource center for undeclared majors or those in transition between majors.)

Colleges and Schools

  • Tyler School of Art
  • Fox School of Business Management
  • School of Communications and Theater
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Design
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • Beasley School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality

In addition to its many colleges, schools and departments, Temple University has centers and institutes that offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service.  These centers and institutes include:

  • Institute on Aging
  • Center for Asian Health
  • The Biostatistics Research Suppport Center (BRSC)
  • Institute for Business and Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice Training Programs
  • Institute on Disabilities
  • The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
  • Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
  • The Intergenerational Center
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
  • Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Center for Obesity Research and Education
  • Pan-African Studies Community Education Program
  • Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice
  • Institute for Public Affairs
  • Institute for Schools & Society
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Center for Social Policy and Community Development
  • Center for Study of Force and Diplomacy
  • Institute for Survey Research
  • Center for Sustainable Communities

Temple University also has international sites in Tokyo, Rome and London.

Student Life

Temple University's main and Ambler campuses offer many on-campus concerts, performances, exhibits and lecture series.  The Arts Calendar provides information about events year round.  The following venues on campus offer arts and entertainment:

  • Temple Performing Arts Center
  • Contemporary Culture Collection
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Department of Film and Media Arts
  • The Liacouras Center
  • Department of Theater
  • Tyler School of Art

The city of Philadelphia offers many artistic, musical cultural and social events. Students interested in exploring the city's offerings can contact the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance or VisitPhilly.com.

The on campus residential resources at Temple University are limited due to the size of the student body.  The University is increasing its available on-campus housing, but juniors and seniors are required to live off campus.

Athletics

Temple University has many competitive intercollegiate athletics teams, and there are "Temple Owls" teams many men and women's sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Temple University has a main campus Central Philadelphia, as well as the following satellite campuses:

  • Ambler (TUA)
  • Center City (TUCC)
  • Fort Washington (TUFW)
  • University Harrisburg (TUH)
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Health Sciences Center (HSC)

Temple University also has international campuses in Japan and Rome, as well as Study Abroad programs around the world.

Community Life

The Office of Community Relations at Temple University support volunteerism in the community, hosts and partners with community organizations, and provides direct services to the university's neighbors.  The University's Community Education Center is home to the Office of Community Relations and is the on-campus hub for community organizations.

Acceptance Rate

60.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Pratt Institute - Main is a nonprofit private institution located in Brooklyn, NY and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Pratt Institute - Main has an annual student enrollment of approximately 4,600.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Pratt Institute - Main offers:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Library Science
  • Architecture
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may take either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions to Pratt Institute - Main. A score in a range of 1530 - 1900 on the SAT, or 23 - 29 for the ACT is common among admitted students. This school has an acceptance rate of around 65 percent of which only 27 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at pratt.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students and costs approximately $7,200 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students who would like to get more about Pratt Institute - Main may take a look at their website at http://www.pratt.edu.

Acceptance Rate

55.5

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Union University is a nonprofit private college that has a fair number of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Jackson, Tennessee, in a predominantly urban area. The Southern Baptist affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Union University has a yearly student enrollment of around four thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1040 - 1320 on the SAT and within the range of 23 - 28 on the ACT is typical among students admitted to this school. Approximately 80% of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 35% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $26,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students may check the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. On-campus housing is available for students and costs about $7,500 each year. Students at this school may qualify for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Union University is the "Bulldogs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NAIA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Golf (NAIA Division I)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division I)

Students may visit the school's http://www.uu.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

52.72

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

SAIC is a nonprofit private art school located in Chicago, Illinois, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. SAIC has over ten different programs available to students, with a Master's degree being the highest level available. The more popular programs among aspiring artists are shown below:

  • Fine Studio Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Art Therapy
  • Art History

Student and special services are available at SAIC, offering personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:

  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At SAIC, the graduation rate is about 60%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 7%.

The last reported accreditation for School of the Art Institute of Chicago was done by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation. Please visit saic.edu for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

57.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Nazareth College provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Rochester, NY and operated as a private institution. Enrollment at Nazareth College is nearly 3,300 annually.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Nazareth College offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • History

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. This school accepts around 70 percent of students applying. Of those admitted, about 21 percent of students enrolled. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $30,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Housing is available for students, which costs around $6,800 per year. Students enrolled at Nazareth College may qualify for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans.

This school offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

64.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Indiana Wesleyan University is a nonprofit private school that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Marion, Indiana, in a predominantly rural area. The school maintains a Wesleyan affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately sixteen thousand students are enrolled per year at IWU. Areas of study available at IWU include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services
Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to IWU. Scores within the range of 21 - 27 on the ACT or 1400 - 1740 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. Indiana Wesleyan University admits approximately 70 percent of applicants. Of those admitted, around 48 percent registered for enrollment. More information regarding admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $24,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $3,800 per year. Some students at Indiana Wesleyan University may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The IWU Wildcats participate in several athletic programs, as part of the NAIA organization. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)
Contact information, admission forms, programs offered, and more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.indwes.edu.

Acceptance Rate

67

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Harding University is a nonprofit private school that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Searcy, AR, in a predominantly rural area. The Churches of Christ affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Approximately 6,700 students enroll at Harding University per year. Areas of study available at Harding University include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 22 - 28 on the ACT or 1000 - 1260 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of admission. Harding University admits roughly 70% of applicants. Of those applicants accepted, about 66% registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at harding.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $16,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their costs. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $3,300 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements. The Harding University Bison participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
Students should visit the Harding University website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

61.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Taylor University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Upland, Indiana, the school resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The Interdenominational affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Enrollment at Taylor University is nearly 2,600 annually. Students may pick from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Students may submit either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at this school. A score within the range of 1505 to 1900 on the SAT, or 23 to 29 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. 84% of those who apply are admitted to Taylor University, of which 30% choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at taylor.edu. Tuition is approximately $30,000 annually, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $4,300 for the year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The Taylor University "Trojans" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NAIA. Athletic programs available:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Football (NAIA Division II)
Students may visit the Taylor University website to obtain a complete list of programs offered, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

68.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Springfield College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately 5,400 students are enrolled yearly at Springfield College.

Areas of study offered at Springfield College include but are not limited to:

  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students admitted to Springfield College score in a range of 880 - 1140 on the SAT. Approximately 70 percent of all students that applied were admitted at Springfield College, with 37 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at spfldcol.edu.

The cost of tuition is nearly $34,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their costs. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,100 annually. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically provided as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Springfield College "Pride" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)

Students should visit the website to obtain a complete list of programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Acceptance Rate

68.06

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

History

Lipscomb University is a 4 year institution located in Nashville, TN. Founded by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding in 1891, the school was founded as a Bible college. Over the next 50 years the school grew, becoming a junior college, and in 1948 a university. Today Lipscomb University offers a liberal arts education along with spiritual guidance. Students of Lipscomb University are prepared spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically for life and eternity.

Academics

Lipscomb University offers undergraduate and graduate programs for a large number of majors. The school was ranked 18th in the US News and World Reports in its 2011 list of America's Best Colleges Regional Universities (South). Lipscomb University is dedicated to the intellectual development of its students as demanded by God.

Some programs available:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to attend Lipscomb University will have to complete and submit the application along with all pertinent information, recommendations, transcripts (high school or college) and ACT or SAT scores and set up an interview with an admissions officer.  After the application has been evaluated along with the interview the student will be notified if he or she has been admitted. Students interested in receiving financial aid should complete and submit the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact the financial aid office with any questions they may have.

Athletics

The Lipscomb University Bisons participate in a large number of sports. The school recently entered the NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school has an ongoing rivalry with the nearby Belmont University.

Sports Programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

Acceptance Rate

63.11

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Mount Mary College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the school offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled annually at Mount Mary College.

Students can pick from several areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • English Language And Literature
  • Psychology
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students admitted to this school score in-between 17 to 25 on the ACT. Approximately 50% of all applicant were admitted at Mount Mary College, with 51% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at mtmary.edu.

Tuition is approximately $25,000 annually, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements.

The Mount Mary College "Blue Angels" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.mtmary.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

57.87

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

CBU provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Memphis, Tennessee and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Enrollment at CBU is nearly 1,800 yearly.

Areas of study available at Christian Brothers University include:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Physical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 960 to 1250 on the SAT and within the range of 21 to 26 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to CBU. Roughly 50 percent of all students that applied were accepted at CBU, with 33 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $29,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Christian Brothers University may offer financial aid for students that qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for CBU is the "Buccaneers", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the school's http://www.cbu.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

50.15

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Overview

Lewis and Clark College is a private institution of higher learning based out of Portland, Oregon. It was established in 1867 as Albany Collegiate Institute and it became Lewis and Clark College in 1942. Its mission is provide liberal arts education that encourages students to explore and prepare for leadership roles.

Popular Programs

  •  Law
  •  Engineering
  •  Business
  •  Education
  •  Psychology
  •  Biology
  •  Computer Science
  •  Education
  •  Political Science 

Enrollment Information

Lewis and Clark College provides prospective students with an easy application process. The admissions office frequently maintains email contact with students throughout the application process. The college requires all applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students with no prior college experience must submit standardized test scores. Those with outstanding academic achievement can submit an academic portfolio in place of standardized test scores.

Financial Aid Options

Lewis and Clark College participates in various financial aid programs to assist students in paying for the cost of their education. The available programs include scholarships, federal PLUS loans, and private loans. Financial aid eligibility is determined by both financial need and academic achievement. Lewis and Clark College also offers monthly payment plans.

Acceptance Rate

72.16

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

The University of Tampa provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Tampa, Florida and operated as a private institution. Nearly 6,400 students enroll at UT per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students admitted to this school earn an SAT score between 1450 - 1720, or an ACT score in a range of 21 - 25. This school has an acceptance rate of around 53% of which only 22% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at ut.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $26,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,200 per year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

UT has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Rowing (NCAA Division II)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.ut.edu.

Acceptance Rate

44.75

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu. PROGRAMS: All programs: Undergraduate Programs - 11 BFAs BFA Advertising BFA Animation BFA Cartooning BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects BFA Design BFA Film BFA Fine Arts BFA Illustration BFA Interior Design BFA Photography and Video BFA Visual & Critical Studies Graduate Programs - 20 master’s degrees MAT Art Education MFA Art Practice MPS Art Therapy MFA Art Writing MPS Branding MFA Computer Arts MA Curatorial Practice MFA Design MFA Design for Social Innovation MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism MPS Digital Photography MPS Directing MPS Fashion Photography MFA Fine Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay MFA Interaction Design MFA Photography, Video and Related Media MFA Products of Design MFA Social Documentary Film MFA Visual Narrative The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents (www.highered.nysed.gov) to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on "Gainful Employment" for each program, may be found on sva.edu. SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (msche.org), and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (nasad.arts-accredit.org). The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (accredit-id.org); the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).

Acceptance Rate

71.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Arcadia University is a nonprofit private institution located in Glenside, Pennsylvania and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The Presbyterian Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. Over 4,000 students enroll at Beaver College annually. Areas of study available at Arcadia University include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to Beaver College have an SAT score within the range of 1020 to 1200, or an ACT score between 22 to 27. An estimated 50 percent of all students that applied were accepted at Beaver College, with 12 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $38,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $9,100 annually. Some students at Beaver College may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans. The Beaver College "Scarlet Knights" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, admission forms, areas of study offered, and more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.arcadia.edu.

Acceptance Rate

65.67

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Eckerd College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Saint Petersburg, FL, which is a predominantly urban area. The Presbyterian Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. Enrollment at Eckerd College is nearly 2,300 yearly.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Psychology

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1010 - 1230 on the SAT and within the range of 22 - 28 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to Eckerd College. 68% of those who apply are accepted to this school, of which 20 percent choose to enroll.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $38,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their costs. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,300 each year. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Athletic programs are available at Eckerd College through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)
  • Softball (NCAA Division II)

Students may visit the school's http://www.eckerd.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

67.44

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Notre Dame of Maryland University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Baltimore, MD, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately three thousand students are enrolled annually at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Notre Dame of Maryland University offers:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Notre Dame of Maryland University. A score between 930 to 1140 on the SAT, or 19 to 21 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. Approximately 60 percent of all students that applied were accepted at Notre Dame of Maryland University, with 33 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found at ndm.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $33,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's net price calculator to get a better idea of their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Notre Dame of Maryland University may provide financial aid for students who are eligible as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Notre Dame of Maryland University participates in athletics through the NCAA's 364 in Basketball.

Students can visit the website to get a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

61.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Webster, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Louis, MO, the campus resides in a suburban setting for students to study in. Approximately 19,000 students are enrolled yearly at Webster.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Webster University offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Most students accepted to Webster achieve an SAT score in a range of 1579 to 1878, or an ACT score within the range of 21 to 27. Roughly 70% of all students that applied were accepted at this school, with 39% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is close to $25,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's tuition calculator to better understand their cost of attending Webster. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $5,900. Some students at Webster University may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

This school has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)

Students who wish to view more about Webster may take a look at their website at http://www.webster.edu.

Acceptance Rate

56.88

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Trinity Christian College is a nonprofit private institution located in Palos Heights, Illinois and provides a large number of program options for students. The school maintains an Interdenominational affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 1,500 students are enrolled annually at Trinity Christian College. Students may choose from many areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then studied by the admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to apply to Trinity Christian College. Scores between 20 - 27 on the ACT or 950 - 1190 on the SAT are recommended to increase your chances for getting accepted. Trinity Christian College accepts about 90% of students applying. Of those applicants admitted, around 34% enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found at trnty.edu. Tuition is approximately $25,000 per year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students may visit the school's net price calculator to determine cost. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $4,800 for the year. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically provided as scholarships, grants, and loans. The Trinity Christian College "Trolls" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NAIA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)
  • Softball (NAIA Division II)
Students who wish to get more about Trinity Christian College can visit their website at www.trnty.edu.

Acceptance Rate

69.06

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

University of Cincinnati (UC) is one of the top 25 public research universities in the United States. Located in Ohio on what is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best national universities in 2010 by "US News and World Report" magazine.  The UC has also been named a "green university" by the Princeton Review.

Among its notable alumni are Joseph B. Strauss, who designed San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and George Rieveschl, who invented Benadryl, the world's first antihistamine. Albert Sabin, another UC graduate, developed the first oral polio vaccine.

History

Founded in 1819 as the Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio, which merged around 1870 to become the University of Cincinnati. The first "Cooperative Education" program was established at UC in 1906. In 1977, the University of Cincinnati joined the University System of Ohio.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Cincinnati currently follows the quarter system, but will be transitioning to the semester system in the fall of 2012. Students may contact their academic advisors for assistance and guidance for successful semester conversion of academic units.

UC has 308 programs of study, and offers 49 Associate's, 103 undergraduate, 152 graduate and four professional degrees.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Cincinnati's 14 colleges and schools are:

  • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Clermont College
  • College-Conservatory of Music
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Raymond Walters College
  • Graduate School

Student Life

Many choices for on-campus housing are offered at UC, including suite-style living, lifestyle floors (where you live with students from major, athletic team or honors program), and more.  There are also numerous dining venues on the UC campus, including a Starbucks café and vegetarian options.

The Student Life Offices on the UC campus offers many resources and choices of clubs, groups, organizations and leadership opportunities including the African American Cultural & Resource Center, Bearcat Bands, Early Learning Center, Women's Center, Greek Leaders Council, Student Government, and more.

Traditions

The University of Cincinnati has several traditions, including its bearcat mascot, Lucy.  The former bearcat mascot, Alice, was a fixture at UC's home athletics games for more than 12 years.  Since 1008, Lucy has attended many "Bearcat" sporting events.

Athletics

The Cincinnati "Bearcats" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports and they have won many national championships.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Cincinnati Uptown Campus, the University of Cincinnati has several satellite campuses in the Cincinnati area:

  • Cincinnati Uptown Campus: Uptown East Campus; Uptown West Campus
  • Clermont Campus
  • Medical Campus
  • Raymond Walters Campus
  • Reading Campus
  • Victory Parkway Campus

Community Life

The Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is located on UC's Uptown Campus and is open to students, employees and the community for recreation and fitness.  Many amenities are available, and events and activities at the CRC include guest lectures, parties, team-building events and sports tournaments. The Uptown East Campus offers recreation and exercise facilities at The Fitness Center.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers excellent productions in drama, musical theatre and opera for students and community members.  The CCM's annual Mainstage Series is a big attraction for the local community.

Acceptance Rate

76.67

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Northwestern College is a nonprofit private institution located in Orange City, Iowa and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school's Reformed Church in America affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Nearly a thousand students enroll at Northwestern College annually.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Northwestern College offers:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. The most common scores among applicants accepted to this school are in the range of 22 - 27 on the ACT, or 920 - 1146 on the SAT exam. Northwestern College accepts around 70 percent of students applying annually. Of those applicants admitted, nearly 31 percent enrolled. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is close to $27,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. This school may provide financial aid for students who are eligible as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Northwestern College "Red Raiders" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NAIA. Athletic programs that are available may include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Football (NAIA Division II)

Students should visit the website to see a complete list of programs offered, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

69.52

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

How to Become an Art Therapist?

Prospective art therapists will need to step through the following 4 phases before working in the field. Variations may exist depending on your starting point and state mandates. However, you can use the guide below to help you step closer to your goal of becoming an art therapist.

Step 1 Research Art Therapy Schools

To begin, you will need to find accredited colleges offering art therapy programs. You can perform this manually or programmatically. Our degree finder tool below will allow you to quickly sort accredited universities offering art therapy degrees. You can further narrow your search by filtering by state, school type, and degree level.

Integrated within your college search, you will need to learn how to navigate the admissions process. To help, we have created two award-winning guides The Complete Guide to the College Admission Process and Crush the Odds by Getting into Your Top College.

Step 2 Apply to Art Therapy Colleges

With key admissions information in hand, you will next need to apply to colleges or universities offering art therapy programs. Invest time to fully understand the schools curricular approach, degrees, program requirements, financial aid package, and student services. During your college application process, illuminate all therapy and art related work experience and extracurricular activities to help encapsulate you effectively in an effort to stand out from a crowded pool of college applicants.

Step 3 Attend School

After deciding on your top college, you will need to complete the orientation process and get registered for classes in the art therapy track. Bachelor degree programs in art therapy are typically 4-year programs while masters degrees are 2-3 in addition to an approved undergraduate degree and a PhD is an additional 4-6 years of matriculation including a dissertation.

Step 4 Graduate, Exams, Certification, & Work

Upon graduating from an accredited college or university with your art therapy degree, you will have additional work to perform. In fact, you may be required by your state to obtain licensure to work as an art therapist. Your state will stipulate the licensing required along with clock hours and exams needed. The Art Therapy Credentials Board or ATCB grants professional credentials to art therapists in three levels:

  1. Registered Art Therapist or ATR Eligible certificate for those art therapists who have completed a CHEA accredited school with a graduate degree and post-graduate work experience
  2. Board Certified Art Therapist or ATR- BC Extended to ATR art therapists passing a standardized examination and maintained via approved continuing education credits
  3. Certified Supervisor or ATCS Earned by ATR-BC art therapists with substantive supervisory qualifications in the field.

How Long Does It Take to Become an Art Therapist?

The length of time it takes to become an art therapist depends on the degree program selected by the student and qualifications in your state of residence.  Generally speaking, the degree programs available and length of time it takes to complete each are:

Art Therapy Bachelor’s Degree

The bachelor degree online or onsite in art therapy will generally take 4 years to complete.  The first two years of the program are heavy on general education courses such as philosophy, sociology, and English while the second half are heavy on core curricula.

Art Therapy Master’s Degree

A master’s degree in art therapy online or in class will take students 2-3 years to complete depending on the number of classes taken at a given time and the program requirements.

Art Therapy PhD

The doctoral degree is conferred as a PhD in most schools taking 4-6 additional years of graduate work that includes a board-approved dissertation.

Educational Requirements in Art Therapy

Art therapy is the process by which art is used to assist individuals. This process can be applied in multiple ways, either through the act of creating art as therapy, the transference of psychological trauma to paper through the creation of art, or a combination of both.

The methods employed vary by the therapist and their specialization. An art therapist must have an understanding of art, psychology, and physiology depending on the style of therapy employed. Typically a minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to begin practicing art therapy, though higher degrees can be pursued.

Art therapy curriculum may include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Art Therapy Theories
  • Art Therapy Counseling
  • Ethics
  • Psychotherapy Evaluation
  • Human Development
  • Research Methods
  • Internship Experience
  • Expressive Art
  • Psychology of Art
  • Multi-Modal Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy Fundamentals

Employment Opportunities in Art Therapy

An art therapist must have a deep understanding of the arts, compassion and patience. Working with individuals, be they young or old, the art therapist must be able to assist the client without coming off as condescending or demonstrating frustration.

Art therapy is a growing field, and is expected to grow faster over the next decade as the baby boomer generation ages. Art therapy is one of the methods employed in order to maintain motor skills among the aging population.

Where Do Art Therapists Work?

Art therapists can work in a variety of organizations across a number of industries. Examples of where an art therapist can work include private schools, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, wellness centers, senior centers, preschools, trauma wards, mental health clinics, community clinics, crisis centers, forensic institutions, and private practices. An art therapist can work with clients of every age and ability in a one-on-one setting, small group, or large group setting.

How Much Money Can Art Therapists Make?

The amount of money you can make as an art therapist will depend on a variety of factors including your geographic location, work setting, population density, work experience, organization type, and hours worked. The annual median income for an art therapist is currently $56,700 with the top 10% making $95,530 and the bottom ten percent making $33,900.

Top Employers of Art Therapists

  • Health Practitioners
  • Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Public Schools
  • Family Service Clinics

States with the Highest Employment of Art Therapist

  1. Illinois
  2. Indiana
  3. California
  4. New York
  5. Florida

Highest Paying States for Art Therapists

  1. Nevada $90,720
  2. Kentucky $85,200
  3. Washington $71,680
  4. Arizona $70,120
  5. Ohio $68,780

Resources for Art Therapists

Individuals interested in art therapy may also be interested in occupational therapy, dance therapy, and music therapy. Students interested in pursing a career in art therapy may find it beneficial to join a regional or national association. The largest and most popular association in this discipline is the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Organizations such as the AATA provide education opportunities, career insights, and networking with like-minded professionals within the trade.

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