Art Therapy (co-major)


No specific degree is designated for this co-major. Students select another major at Miami (receiving the degree designation of that major) and choose Art Therapy as a second major.

What is Art Therapy (co-major)?

Art therapy uses the art process and the therapeutic relationship between the client and art therapist to process trauma, enhance self-esteem, improve relational abilities, decrease anxiety/depression, and increase an overall enhanced sense of well-being. The primary goal of the co-major is to prepare students interested in pursuing a career in art therapy to apply to art therapy graduate programs.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

The art therapy co-major builds upon the minor and the foundation of three lateral, human-centered perspectives significant to the field of art therapy: art studio, art education, and psychology. Students will explore connections between art production, methods of facilitating art experiences with people across the lifespan, and an understanding of human behaviors.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for all courses in this co-major. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).

What courses would I take?

ART 194 Introduction to Art Therapy presents exploratory art-making activities, foundational readings, and possible pathways to a career in the profession. The rest of the co-major curriculum provides students with an interest in art therapy additional skills and competencies from more in depth coursework. Advanced coursework in both a 2D studio area and 3D studio area is required.

Full program requirements for the Art Therapy Co-Major»

What can I do with this major?

These skills are applicable to any setting that employs helping professions, including hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, geriatric facilities, psychiatric facilities, residential facilities, day programs for developmental disabilities and chronic mental illness, etc. Students who pursue and complete a master’s degree in art therapy will be eligible for mental health licensure in their state, which grants the ability then to have four broad career opportunities (Art Therapist, Art Educator*, Counselor, and Artist).

*Check state licensure requirements for public school contexts

Who can I contact for more information?

College of Creative Arts
Stephanie Danker
202 Art Building