UC Clermont

Certificate in Pre-Art Therapy

Art therapy combines knowledge from the fine arts and psychology and is used to help people non-verbally express their feelings and thoughts. A master’s degree is required to practice art therapy. The Pre-Art Therapy Certificate prepares students to meet the requirements for entering most master’s degree art therapy programs.  The certificate requires courses in fine arts, psychology, and introduction to art therapy. Classes for the certificate are available at both the Clermont and Clifton campuses.

This is a collaborative program between UC School of Art and UC Clermont.

Art Therapy is a mental-health profession that uses art making with “people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.  Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art” (http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org/aata-aboutus.html).

The undergraduate Pre-Art Therapy Certificate is a collaborative program among faculty from Clermont College, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), and the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The certificate combines knowledge and skills from the fields of psychology, fine arts, art history, and art therapy.  A certificate in Pre-Art Therapy seeks to achieve two primary goals: (1) to increase students’ understanding and knowledge about the field of art therapy, and (2) prepare students to apply to art therapy graduate programs as a graduate-level art therapy degree is required in order to practice art therapy professionally.

Through the core class, Introduction to Art Therapy, students will examine how art is used therapeutically.  The core class covers the origins and applications of art therapy, fine arts, art history, and psychological principles.  Students will learn about current developments in the field of art therapy and observe community projects that utilize art as therapy. Students will explore, through lecture and experiential artwork, the therapeutic aspects of image and art making. In addition to this core course, students will enroll in fine arts studio courses and 4 psychology courses.

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Students’ will demonstrate basic knowledge about the field of art therapy
  2. Students will meet art therapy graduate program admission requirements

Curriculum

Pre-Art Therapy Certificate curricular information.

Admission

Interested students must submit a completed application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Core Course Description

Introduction to Art Therapy FAA/ PSYC 2008

The purpose of this course is to examine art as therapy and will include an introduction to the origins, historical, and applications of art therapy, fine arts, art history, and psychological principles and skills.  We will cover current developments in the field of art therapy and observe community projects that utilize art as therapy. Students will explore, through lecture and experiential artwork, the therapeutic aspects of image and art making.

For questions about this certificate program, please contact:

Meera Rastogi, PhD
Art Therapist and Licensed Psychologist
Co-Coordinator and Associate Professor of Psychology
Coordinator for Pre-Art Therapy Certificate

University of Cincinnati, Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Office MCD 215 K
Batavia, Ohio 45103
meera.rastogi@uc.edu
513.732.5331

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