An undergraduate program in art therapy is a pre-professional program that prepares you for graduate study in art therapy or in other helping professions such as psychology, social work, education, fine arts and counseling.
Employment after graduation—Mount Mary University's art therapy bachelor’s degree graduates are employed in pre-professional work as activity therapists, case workers, after school art specialists and group home supervisors. They often work with agencies that offer services to veterans, children with autism, at risk and homeless youth, the elderly and people with developmental and physical challenges.
Professional network—You can join our network of alumnae and professionals who enjoy their work and continue to make a difference in the community. Our graduates become mentors, fieldwork supervisors, members of the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association and members of the American Art Therapy Association. They are inspiring, creative, courageous, adaptable, self-aware and compassionate members of society.
Become a Registered Art Therapist
To practice as a certified art therapist, you must have a master’s degree in art therapy or a related field, pass a written exam and complete more than 1,000 hours of direct client contact hours after receiving your master’s degree. The Art Therapy Credentials Board is the recognized body that grants credentials to art therapists. You can become a registered art therapist (ATR) and/or board certified art therapist (ATR-BC). State regulations for private practice vary by state.
Mount Mary offers a Master of Science in Art Therapy degree program and Professional Doctorate of Art Therapy degree program. Mount Mary’s Master of Science in Art Therapy is the only program in the state of Wisconsin fully accredited by the American Art Therapy Association. The Professional Doctorate of Art Therapy is the first degree program of its kind in the United States.