Art Therapy

Department: Visual Arts
Delivery Method: On-Campus
Type: Concentration of Art (Visual Arts)


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 how to use art materials and techniques to help improve people’s self-esteem, wellbeing and personal development. Through field work in the community, you’ll be introduced to organizations that work with people experiencing various illnesses, trauma or other life challenges. 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 Science in Art Therapy graduate with resume-enhancing practical experience and are fully prepared to work in the mental health field or apply for advanced degrees in art therapy or counseling.

Chart presentation

Unique Program

One of the few undergraduate art therapy programs in the Midwest and the only one in the Universities of Wisconsin.


Internships and Service-Learning Activities

Ample opportunities for off-campus internships and service-learning activities.

School building

Amazing Fine Arts Facilities

Holden Fine Arts Center features spacious art studios and two art galleries.

What You’ll Learn

Classroom knowledge and field work are both vital learning environments for art therapy students. The program provides extensive art training and hands-on internship opportunities that highlight the connection between art and wellness.

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

I feel like I actually got more opportunities at UWS than I would have at a larger university. My visual arts professors knew me well and were so supportive. They helped me in so many ways.

Sarah Tapper, Visual Arts – Art Therapy


The Experimental Gallery is a recently redesigned space created to showcase student, faculty, and community exhibitions to visitors and the UW-Superior community. Just past the entrance to the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center, the viewing windows allow art to be enjoyed at any time and is a reminder that art should be accessible and available to all.

The Kruk gallery provides a flexible, contemporary gallery space for art exhibits. Alumni and other professional artists’ work is displayed throughout the year. The Kruk Gallery is an important contributor and connector to the vibrant art culture in the Twin Ports.

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

UW-Superior’s undergraduate art therapy program will prepare you for a career in mental health care. You’ll be ready to serve in 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
  • Correctional facilities
  • Development centers

Ready to get started?

Applying to UW-Superior is easy and free for undergraduate students. Once your application is submitted, you’ll hear from us within just a few days. We’re here to help you every step of the way with any questions you may have, so why wait? Start your application today.  

Request Information

"*" indicates required fields

By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from the University of Wisconsin-Superior related to admissions. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. View our Privacy Policy.
By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from the University of Wisconsin-Superior related to admissions. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. View our Privacy Policy.

Come Visit Us

Experience what makes this university truly Superior.

How Can We Help?

Not finding the answer to your question? Want to talk with a real live person? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us any time and we’ll be glad to help.

Call or Text: 715-394-8230


Send an Email