Art Therapy

mercyhurst art therapy

Art Therapy describes both a creative process and a profession. It is the use of Art to foster awareness, clarity, vitality, and wholeness. The program provides experiences, education, and training in Art and Psychology that leads to caring, giving, compassionate graduates. We use guest specialists, lectures, demonstrations, the seminar approach, class presentations, and other education methods, but our learning goes beyond the usual. We promote the value and importance of non-verbal expression.

Our students frequently conceptualize the problems and solutions by making art; using story and narrative; creating research journals; playing games and roles and by using creative and expressive experiences that utilize all of the Arts.

Degree Requirements

  • Art 100 Drawing I (foundation year)
  • Art 125 2-Dimensional Design (foundation year)
  • Art 126 3-Dimensional Design (foundation year)
  • Arth 125 Art Therapy I
  • Arth 225 Art Therapy II
  • Arth 325 Art Therapy III
  • Arth 475 Art Therapy IV – Internship/Co-op
  • Arth 425 Art Therapy V
  • Art 101 or 105 Painting I
  • Art 102 Ceramics
  • Art 122 or 123 Art History
  • Art 213 Crafts
  • Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology (Core)
  • Psyc 121 Child Psychology
  • Psyc 201 Personality or Hdfr 110 Human Growth and Development (Core)
  • Psyc 211 Abnormal Psychology or Sped 104 Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Soc 100 Introduction to Sociology (Core) or Psyc 231 Social Psychology


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