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BFA in Art Therapy

Concentration within the B.F.A. Studio Art program

Available Fall 2020!

Both incoming and current students can declare the Art Therapy track at the beginning of Fall semester. Application forms will be made available to all B.A. and B.F.A. students starting in the fall of 2020.

What you'll learn

This program focuses on the intersection of visual art and mental health. Students will create artwork in a broad range of studio courses, learn about art in context through art history courses, and gain a better understanding of human psychology. In the “Intro to Art Therapy” course, students experience how art can be used as a tool to improve lives.

Intro to Art Therapy coursework builds on knowledge gained through a variety of General, Child and Adolescent and Abnormal Psychology courses, and other curricular requirements meant to introduce a framework for understanding and application of art practices in health and wellbeing.

Example of Class Schedule (PDF)

Career opportunities

Students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in Art Therapy, as well as positions within the blossoming field of Arts + Health.


All students can apply directly to the B.F.A. Studio Art program. Along with the online application, students are required to submit a PDF portfolio of original artwork.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions Page for more information.

Applying to the Art Therapy concentration

Students apply to the BFA Studio Art program, either as an incoming student or as a current student. This process requires submission of a digital portfolio of 5-10 original works.

Major Code: BF5057

View Program Requirements

Incoming Students: Apply to the BFA Studio Art program

Current OHIO Students: Application to BFA Degree (PDF)


For questions, please contact:

Angela Sprunger
Assistant Director, Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts
Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Art + Design