Art therapy is a human service profession that uses art media, the creative art process, and patient/client responses as reflections of an individual's development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Art therapists in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats serve populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.
The Avila art therapy curriculum meets recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association. Opportunities for art therapists may include employment in nursing homes, day care centers, residential facilities for children, psychiatric hospitals, battered women shelters, hospice, mental health centers, and schools.
Art Therapy courses investigate history, theory, and methods in both a classroom and studio situation. You'll explore career possibilities, meet practicing art therapists, and visit sites where art therapy is used.
In order to practice as a Registered Art Therapist and counsel patients on a one-on-one basis, you will need to continue your art therapy education at the graduate level. Avila's B.A. in Art Therapy prepares you for entry into any accredited graduate art therapy program.
Advisors to the art therapy program and all art therapy faculty are registered and board certified art therapists with a master's degree in art therapy, or a closely related discipline.