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The University of Tampa's B.A. in Art Therapy is a well-rounded educational experience that immerses students in the theory and practice of therapeutic arts. Students learn how to use the creation of art to resolve emotional conflicts and foster self-awareness and personal growth through education, rehabilitation and psychotherapy. Art therapy incorporates psychology, art and therapeutic techniques to provide a creative alternative to conventional therapies.

Students learn art applications, techniques and assessments to connect with people who struggle with verbalizing their feelings to help them cope in daily functioning. They engage in experiential learning through an internship program, which offers the opportunity to work with children or adults in a variety of service sites, including:

Professional Preparation

To become a registered art therapist, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) has determined that one must possess a master’s degree from an AATA-accredited program. Entry into such a graduate program is normally based upon three criteria: (1) art skills evidenced by studio coursework and portfolio, (2) coursework in the behavioral sciences, particularly psychology and (3) clinical or community experience such as practicums, volunteer work or professional work in the social sciences. UT’s B.A. in Art Therapy is designed to prepare students to enter an accredited master’s degree program and/or explore other wellness-related careers. Graduates from UT’s art therapy program have gone on to successfully complete master’s programs that are accredited by the American Art Therapy Association, at colleges including Florida State University, Marywood University and George Washington University.

Topics of Study

  • drawing
  • ceramics
  • painting
  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • art history
  • children's art
  • adolescent art
  • general psychology
  • child psychology
  • statistics and experimental methods
  • theories of personality

Minor in Therapeutic Art

The University of Tampa also offers a minor in therapeutic art, which provides a wide perspective on the healing aspects of art making, focusing on how art works with children and adults in diverse settings. Education in therapeutic arts can be beneficial to students who desire to gain general knowledge and skill in creative health and art in wellness practice.