Art Therapy Certificate

With a certificate in art therapy, you'll assist mental health professionals using art materials in a therapeutic or treatment setting to promote health and psychological wellness. You'll take courses such as introduction to art therapy, art therapy theory and methods, plus courses that emphasize study of the creative process, psychology and practical experience.

Why Grand View?

  • We offer the only art therapy program in the state of Iowa
  • Hands-on experiential learning to integrate aesthetic, academic and clinical studies with professional practice
  • Work side-by-side with faculty who are theorists, practitioners and leaders at the forefront of the art therapy profession
  • Background for advanced study in psychology and art to become registered licensed art therapists
  • Significant advantage when you seek career opportunities and/or admission to graduate programs
  • Gainful Employment Disclosure

Career Options

By earning this certificate you have a significant advantage when you seek career opportunities and/or admission to graduate programs. Some people may take continuing education art therapy courses and/or add art therapy to their skill set to help with their existing job. Broaden your horizon by utilizing art and creativity in careers such as:

  • Art therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy 

Course Requirements

Requirements for the Certificate (18 credits)

ARTS 100 Multicultural Artforms 3 credits
ARTS 351 Introduction to Art Theory 3 credits
ARTS 352 Theory and Methods of Art Therapy 3 credits
ARTS 353 Field Seminar I: Art Therapy With a Community Group 3 credits
ARTS 399 Internship 3 credits
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits

Art majors may substitute 1 of the following for ARTS 100

ARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 102 Foundations of Drawing II 3 credits
ARTS 103 Principles of Design I 3 credits
ARTS 104 Principles of Design II: Digital Media 3 credits
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