See a list of Art Therapy Programs by Clicking Here!
Art therapy is the process by which art is used to assist individuals. This process can be applied in multiple ways, either through the act of creating art as therapy, the transference of psychological trauma to paper through the creation of art, or a combination of both. The methods employed vary by the therapist and their specialization. An art therapist must have an understanding of art, psychology, and physiology depending on the style of therapy employed. Typically a minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to begin practicing art therapy, though higher degrees can be pursued.
Art therapy curriculums may include:
- Expressive Art
- Psychology of Art
- Multi-Modal Art Therapy
- Art Therapy Fundamentals
An art therapist must have a deep understanding of the arts, compassion and patience. Working with individuals, be they young or old, the art therapist must be able to assist the client without coming off as condescending or demonstrating frustration. Art therapy is a growing field, and is expected to grow faster over the next decade as the baby boomer generation ages. Art therapy is one of the methods employed in order to maintain motor skills among the aging population.
The average salary for art therapists is approximately $40,000 per year. The lowest 10% earned less than $29,000 per year.