Using Art to Make a Difference

In Seton Hill’s Pre-Art Therapy Program, you will use your creative process to communicate, express yourself and grow. You will learn to combine art and psychology to make a difference in the world, by nurturing the creative expression of others. This preprofessional major prepares you for graduate study in art therapy or positions within community-based arts agencies and human service organizations.

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Why the Pre-Art Therapy Program at Seton Hill University?

This liberal arts major is designed to prepare you in the basic areas of the fine arts and the behavioral and social sciences. As a Pre-Art Therapy major at Seton Hill, you will:

  • Engage in introductory art therapy courses taught by board-certified art therapy faculty, in addition to studio art and psychology coursework.
  • Most Undergrads Move On to Careers or Grad SchoolEnjoy state-of-the-art facilities in our Arts Center.
  • Experience all of the benefits of our Apple Distinguished School, including an Apple MacBook Air for all full-time freshmen.
  • Complete (as a senior) a culminating fieldwork placement at a local human service or arts agency. 

This pre-art therapy coursework is intended for students who plan to continue their education in a Master’s in Art Therapy Program, or who intend to obtain positions within the field of community-based arts and human services.

M.A. in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling

Obtaining a master's degree is required to become a practicing art therapist. Seton Hill offers an M.A. in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling Program. This fully accredited graduate program provides you with the educational requirements needed to attain credentials as a nationally recognized Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).


Career Center GraphicAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, therapy jobs are expected to continue increasing steadily, with an annual salary between $30,000 and $80,000. Students in this major who do not plan to go on to graduate school (or do not wish to do so right away) can explore a community arts focus, and learn to use the arts to address social concerns.

Seton Hill's award-winning Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) will work with you, your professors and local, regional and national employers to prepare you with the career preparation skills, internship opportunities and placement services that you need - as a student and after you graduate. 


Small Classes Big OpportunitiesAt Seton Hill University, you will have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in both the arts and psychology fields as you move through a variety of courses in both disciplines.  

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