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Art therapy is the therapeutic practice of using the creative art-making process to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well being of individuals. Art therapy utilizes the creative process to explore one’s feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addiction, develop social skills, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. Art therapy can be a powerful psychotherapy tool, it can enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Do you like to help people, are creative and like to make art? The Art & Design Pre-Art Therapy track might be for you. An exploration of studio arts techniques, art history and psychology courses round out this degree track.






Checklists & Procedures

BA • Pre-Art Therapy Track

Students choosing the pre-art therapy track must complete the 12 credit-hour core plus the 45-hour studio arts pre-art therapy track. In addition, students must minor in psychological science. The minor requires 24 credit hours in psychological science including PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology and any 21 additional credit hours in psychological science.


Pre-Art Therapy Faculty

Students who choose this track work with faculty across multiple art and design disciplines. Here is a link to the full-time faculty in art and design.


Brad McCombs
Brad McCombs
Associate Professor
Office: FA 312B | (859) 572-5562


Career Paths

Art therapy is widely practiced in hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, private practice, wellness centers, crisis centers, schools and other clinical settings. This track prepares students for graduate programs in art therapy, and will provide opportunities into other professional areas such as...

Art Consultant

Art Lecturer/Visiting Scholar

Arts Management

Art Teacher

Arts Organization Administrator

Art Education Programs


Development/Grant Writer

Exhibition Designer

Museum Educator/Researcher

Professor of Art/Design


Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator

Visual Resources Curator