Department of Art

B.F.A. Art Therapy

Art therapy is an expanding field. Employment opportunities continue to increase as art therapy becomes more recognized by professionals, work settings, and clients. Art therapy program graduates find employment in both full- and part-time positions. Earnings vary by geographical area and depend on the type of practice and job responsibilities.

A master’s degree must be obtained in order to work as a credentialed art therapist or psychotherapist. The Missouri Western Art Therapy degree is a unique degree that will graduate students with the course qualifications for entrance into any graduate program affiliated with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Students with this graduate degree are able to test with the AATA for certification (ATR) and board certification (ATR-BC).

Career Opportunities

Art therapists often work as part of a therapeutic team in a variety of clinical, educational and rehabilitative settings, including:

  • Community art centers
  • After school programs
  • Alternative schools
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional facilities
  • Elder care facilities
  • Developmental centers
  • Half-way houses and treatment centers
  • Children and adolescent crisis centers
Admission Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in following courses:

  • ART 110 Beginning Drawing: Elementary drawing with the figure, still life, landscape, and perspective in various media.
  • ART 120 Two-Dimensional Design: Design principles and fundamentals in two-dimensional media using a problem-solving approach.
  • ART 130 Introduction to Tools and Techniques: Basic skills with studio hand tools and power equipment; emphasizes safety procedures. This course is a prerequisite for any studio art course except ART110 and ART120.
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