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Pre-Art Therapy Certificate

This certificate program will enable students to become eligible for graduate work in Art Therapy.  The certificate curriculum is based on the standards set by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).  Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of a master's degree and post-education supervised clinical experience.


Students who wish to undertake this coursework should contact Herron Student Services to register, review the requirements, and plan their program of study.  

Students must pick up and submit the Application for Completion of the certificate in the Herron Office of Admissions and Student Services, HR 126, in their final semester of certificate coursework.


33 credits total. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher will count toward the certificate.  Up to 24 hours of transferred credit may count toward the certificate.  


3 credits of HER-T 200 Introduction to Art Therapy

18 credits of Studio Art coursework in any 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media

12 credits of Psychology coursework as follows:

  • PSY-B 110 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

  • PSY-B 310 Life Span Development (3 credits)

  • PSY-B 380 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) (prerequisite: PSY-B 110)

  • Psychology elective (3 credits)

Last update: March 2016