Art Therapy

Advanced Certificate in Art Therapy

The 30-credit Advanced Certificate in Art Therapy is designed for returning students possessing a BA/BS degree in Art, Art Education, or Human Service fields. The Certificate prepares students for a number of different career opportunities in areas such as activity therapy, creativity arts experiences, arts and crafts, and counseling positions at human service agencies and in school systems.

Students in Advanced Certificate program follow the same guidelines and educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association. Students in the program are prepared for study at the graduate level in Art Therapy.

The course work can be completed in two years of study, taking two classes a term.

Course Requirements*
Art 100 Drawing I
Art 125 Crafts
ARTH 125 Art Therapy I
ARTH 225 Art Therapy II
ARTH 324 Art Therapy III
ARTH 425 Art Therapy V
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology
PSYC 121 Child Development
PSYC 211 Abnormal Psychology
HDFR 110 Human Growth

* Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog

Students also select electives from art and psychology.

Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.

Admissions Requirements

An bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in Art, Art Education, or Human Service fields with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Prospective students must meet with the director of the Art Therapy program to present the intent of his or her interest in the program prior to being admitted.

To request an information packet, please contact the Adult and Graduate Programs Office at (814) 824-2270 or e-mail the office at Please include your full mailing address.

Admissions Procedures

When you are ready to apply, you can apply online. Then arrange to have all of your undergraduate transcripts forwarded to the following address:

Adult & Graduate Programs Office
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

MU Course Catalog