STAC Campus Reopening
EFFECTIVE START OF CLASSES, OCTOBER 19, 2020: St. Thomas Aquinas College will reopen on Monday, October 19. For general COVID-19 updates and breaking news, keep informed via our Coronavirus Updates page. For more information about our #SpartanStartup Plan and details for our safe return to campus, please visit our Spartan Startup page.
Art Therapy Program
Art speaks when words fail. As an art therapist, you’ll use art and the creative process to help those with physical, emotional or cognitive challenges. Art therapy helps people to express feelings, manage behavior, reduce anxiety and depression, learn socialization skills, and increase self-esteem.
At STAC, you’ll take courses in human development and psychology, fine art and art therapy, including 120 hours of real-life internship experience, at carefully selected placements.
To become an art therapist, one must complete a master's degree. Our program meets the American Art Therapy Association’s requirements for acceptance to a master's degree program in art therapy. Some STAC graduates find employment in agencies that offer tuition reimbursement as they prepare to apply to graduate programs. Others choose to go directly to graduate school. STAC students get preferred acceptance into graduate programs.
CAREERS IN ART THERAPY
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of art therapists is projected to grow over the next decade. Art therapists work in:
- Psychiatric facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Adult care facilities
- Private practice
- Forensic institutions
- Crisis centers
STUDY BEYOND IN ART THERAPY
Art Therapy students spent a week in St. Petersburg, Russia where they used the skills they learned in class to work with students at an orphanage.
Learn more about Art Therapy by visiting the American Art Therapy Association site.
“My advisor at STAC, Carol Lagstein, really helped me along the way in my career.”
Read more about how Jennifer found her passion and career path in art therapy.