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Art Therapy M.A. from Marywood University

The Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University will prepare you for a career in the mental health field, using art as a catalyst for healing and self-actualization. 

Learn how to use Art to help others heal and find fulfillment. Your Art major combined with a solid grounding in Psychology makes you the perfect candidate for Marywood University’s Art Therapy M.A. program leading to registration (ATR) and board certification (BC) with the Art Therapy Certification Board.

Why Marywood University?
The Graduate Art Therapy Program at Marywood University is built upon artistic, ethical, and spiritual values within a tradition of service to humankind. The art therapy program provides a supportive framework for the enhancement of students’ capacity to utilize the therapeutic qualities of art making with a wide variety of populations. The Graduate Art Therapy Program educates students so that they may serve as therapists with a profound appreciation of each human being in our interdependent world.

The McDaniel Advantage

  • Smooth transition from McDaniel to Marywood
  • Joint academic advising on course selection and preparation
  • A spot at the front of the line with a guaranteed interview on first available interview day after all your admissions materials have been submitted
  • 20% discount on enrollment deposit
Kim Clemens is an Art Therapist

What is Art Therapy? Kim Clemens '10 McDaniel Alumni Spotlight

As a Studio Art major at McDaniel, Kim Clemens never doubted art would play a leading role in her future. But it wasn’t until graduate school that she discovered her true passion — using her talent to help others with art therapy. Often utilizing art processes or art itself to help aid a client’s transformation and healing journey, Clemens sees individuals, couples, groups and families in her practice at Rogue River Counseling in Annapolis, Md. In Clemens’ practice, therapy might mean walking someone through the process of paper making, creating maps or charts, being creative with masks or working on a technical drawing — and sometimes she does art therapy projective imagery assessments which involve understanding the client’s intention and how they see their art work.

Art Therapy M.A. from Marywood University Eligibility Criteria

  • Online application
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Two (2) reference letters
  • Official, unopened transcripts of all academic work, including transfer credits*
  • Art portfolio of original work (Digital only)
  • Resume
  • Essay

Required McDaniel courses for Admission to Marywood University's MA Art Therapy program:

6 Studio Arts courses

  • ART 1101 Perceptual Drawing
  • ART 1117 Design Concepts
  • ART 2219 Ceramics
  • ART 1165 3D Design Concepts
  • ART 2201 Life Drawing
  • ART 3313 Painting

4 Art History courses

  • AHY 1113 History of Western Art I
  • AHY 1114 History of Western Art II
  • AHY 2240 History of Modern Art
  • One Art History Elective

4 Psychology courses

  • PSY 1106 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 2211 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 2209 Developmental Psychology
  • One Psychology Elective