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BFA in Art Therapy

A professional studio art degree with a concentration in Art Therapy

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.

Students will work with faculty from the Studio Arts, Art History, and Psychology fields to build on knowledge gained through a variety of General, Child and Adolescent and Psychopathology courses, and other curricular requirements meant to introduce a framework for understanding and application of art practices in health and wellbeing.

•    Develop studio art skills
•    Broad foundation in art and psychology
•    Degree exceeds the requirements of the American Art Therapy Association for graduate school entrance prerequisites


Career opportunities

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


My art practice is informed by my teaching

“My art practice is informed by my experiences teaching, by making art with children in both neuro-typical and neuro-diverse classrooms. When it comes to teaching art to children of all abilities, one of the most important things to facilitate is the use of different media and modalities of making” — Kelsey Griest, BFA '22 (Studio Art in Art Therapy)

Read Kelsey's Story

Kelsey Griest in the studio 2022


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.

Incoming Students

For Current OHIO Students: 


For questions, please contact:

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