Melinda Hallenbek Kostecky

Bachelor of Arts in Art or Psychology

The Pre-Art Therapy program prepares students for graduate programs in art therapy or art therapy and counseling. An art therapist uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of people of all ages. In this profession, practitioners integrate the fields of human development, visual art (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Art or Psychology and a Pre-Art Therapy Concentration, graduates can continue toward certification as art therapist by attending a graduate program in art therapy. Some graduate programs in art therapy also prepare students to apply for licensing as a counselor. To receive certification from the Art Therapy Credentials Board, a student must complete a graduate art therapy program and supervised clinical experience.

Art therapists have flourishing careers in the medical, educational, social services and private practice settings. Art therapy can be one of the most challenging and yet rewarding careers. An art therapist often designs art projects that assist his or her clients become more positive about their future, while utilizing their knowledge of psychology to assist them in setting and accomplishing goals.

Learn more about the pre-art therapy concentration and the College of Arts and Sciences.