UW-Superior's Program in Visual Arts offers a Masters of Art degree in Art Therapy.
The Program is designed to train professionals for employment in mental health and educational settings. Through a course of study combining theory and practice, the program follows guidelines for art therapy education as recommended by the American Art Therapy Association.
The art therapy students at the University of Wisconsin-Superior have the opportunity to participate in clinical training at some of the many mental health facilities located in the Duluth-Superior area. Such opportunities are extensive, and when combined with course work and research, the student is well prepared as a professional mental health clinician.
- One of the few graduate art therapy programs in the Midwest.
- Small classes allow personal attention from professors.
- Art professors are artists themselves.
- Opportunities for experience through off-campus internships.
- Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center is home to the Visual Arts Department. The building includes two art galleries and studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodworking, metal work, and weaving.
Art therapy is a rapidly growing field. The art therapist can work with an ever increasing variety of client populations. Art therapists can work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics on an individual or group basis. Typical employment settings include hospitals, community health centers, residential treatment homes, halfway houses, prisons, and developmental centers.
Art Therapy Registration (ATR) and Board Certification (BC) are granted by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), a national professional organization. Master's programs fulfill many of the educational and practical experiences for registration and board certification. Both registration and board- certification require training post-masters level education, wherever your degree is from. UWS graduates are eligible, with post graduation requirements to become ATR, and Board Certified. Please consult the ATCB for further information.
The 48-semester-credit program at the University of Wisconsin -Superior follows national standards and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, but is not an AATA Approved program at this time. Please consult the American Art Therapy Association for further information on art therapy. The MA in Art Therapy does not lead to certification or licensing in counseling, clinically psychology or psychotherapy.