Art Therapy

Art Therapy

TYPE: Concentration of Art (Visual Arts)
DEPARTMENT: Visual Arts Department

4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years

If you’re drawn to helping people manage their emotions and wellbeing, and art is one of your personal interests, then explore the transformative impact of art therapy through our undergraduate art therapy program.

In the classroom, you’ll learn the creative use of art materials and practices that can assist with raising people’s self-esteem, improving their contact with reality, and with facilitating their personal development. Through field work in the community, you’ll be introduced to organizations that work with people experiencing various illnesses, trauma, or challenges in living. You will witness and participate in the application of art therapy practices through supervised, hands-on experiences. Additional courses in studio art, art history and psychology will challenge and enhance your discipline-specific skills and knowledge.

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts concentration in art therapy graduate with resume-building practical experience and are fully prepared to apply for advanced degrees in art therapy or counseling, and to work in the mental health field.

Program Outcomes

Through a concentration in art therapy at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Understand the theory, psychology, and use of color
  • Understand how to engage people's minds and feelings through art
  • Understand and be able to use the connection between art and psychology in therapy
  • Develop self-awareness and self-expression and promote it in others
  • Be challenged to practice and improve your visual arts technical and creative problem-solving skills

Career Opportunities

UW-Superior's undergraduate art therapy program will prepare you for a career in mental health care, encompassing a variety of positions working with children, adolescents, adults or geriatrics on an individual or group basis, in settings such as:

  • hospitals
  • community health centers
  • residential treatment homes
  • halfway houses
  • prisons
  • development centers

Did You Know?

  • UW-Superior offers one of the few undergraduate art therapy programs in the Midwest. It is the only undergraduate art therapy program in the University of Wisconsin system.
  • You will have ample opportunities for off-campus internships and service learning activities in the vibrant Superior-Duluth community.
  • All our art professors are accomplished artists.
  • The Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center facilities include spacious studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodworking, metal working, stained glass mosaics and weaving.


  • Class of: 2018
    I really like the instructors here. They are like friends. Even though there is a language barrier, I can still talk to them. I feel so comfortable in my classes, and I can ask them for help with anything I need Read more.
  • Class of: 2019
    Seeing how open and accepting UW-Superior is has taught me to do the same for others. Having a positive attitude is something that I can bring into the world and share with others. Read more.
  • Class of: 2015
    "It's a great place to go to school!" Read more.
  • Class of: 2012
    Not only were we given the opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other, but we were provided a space to intimately learn how each of us worked with clients and how to be most effective." Read more.
  • Class of: 2019
    I would say that because of my AS-L experience, I am more aware of who I am as a person Read more.

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