Art Therapy

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

4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years

You find the creative process intriguing as you make meaning, convey feeling and show your thoughts. The psychology of how art engages the brain and facilitates expression spikes your curiosity. Helping people to understand their emotions and themselves and heal is your calling.

As you combine art and psychology into art therapy, you see how the creative use of art materials and experiences aids emotionally hurt people or those with physical disabilities in making better contact with reality and raising self-esteem.

Study art therapy through our undergraduate or graduate programs and be trained to use both art and therapy to help people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and people who seek personal development.

*Our graduate program follows national standards and fulfills many of the educational and practical experiences required for certification by the American Art Therapy Association.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Develop problem-solving skills within design, form and color.
  • Understand the theory, psychology, and use of color.
  • Create engaging works of art.
  • Understand how to engage people's minds and feelings through art.
  • Understand and be able to use the connection art and psychology in therapy.
  • Develop self-awareness and self-expression and promote it in others.

Career Opportunities

UW-Superior's undergraduate and graduate art therapy programs will prepare you for a career as a professional art therapist. Work with children, adolescents, adults or geriatrics on an individual or group basis.You can find employment 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 and graduate art therapy programs in the Midwest.
  • You will have opportunities to gain experience through off-campus internships in the vibrant Superior-Duluth arts community.
  • All our art professors are artists themselves.
  • The Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center contains studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodworking, metal working, and weaving.


  • Class of: 2018
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  • Class of: 2019
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  • 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.

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