Mercyhurst University

Art Therapy Bachelor of Arts

Experience the healing power of art.

 

Art Therapy majors at Mercyhurst investigate the healing potential of the arts through self-reflective art directives, research and service learning in the community. In art therapy classes, students experience the healing nature of art making during discussions that focus on the history and development of the field, the therapeutic use of art media, and ways to help others through art. Students’ development of a non-judgmental approach toward art made by themselves and others enables an ability to support the use of art as a way to address goals and problems. Graduates of the program often work in the mental health field or pursue graduate school for art therapy.
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In 2016, Mercyhurst’s program was ranked as one of the top undergraduate art therapy programs in the nation, according to Best Counseling Degrees, making Mercyhurst’s the only program in Erie County to be recognized.

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The Mercyhurst Art Therapy Club allows majors to get to know each other outside of classes and get involved in campus activities.

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Students are required to take a handful of courses in art, art therapy, psychology, and sociology, building the abilities needed to support the use of art as a way to address goals and problems.

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Focus solely on Art Therapy or add an additional major or minor in related art programs such as Photography, Graphic Design or Studio Art.


ART 105 Painting I/Acrylic

A studio experience designed to develop skill and creativity, this course includes demonstrations, practice and projects in various painting techniques from alla prima to hard edge.



EXPERIENCES & OUTCOMES

INTERNSHIPS

Because of the emphasis we place on experiential learning, each art therapy major is required to complete an internship to provide them with opportunities to witness and encourage art making as a transformational process.

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

Sophomore review is an opportunity for students to reflect upon their first two years of art education. They do so by creating a portfolio of their work that includes an artist statement of intent.

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Whether students choose to take courses in graphic design, studio art, photography, or even ceramics, they’ll do so in top-of-the-line facilities at Mercyhurst, ensuring they’ll receive the best art education possible.

Meet the Faculty

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Daniel Burke
Daniel Burke, M.Ed.
Professor
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Gary Cardot
Gary Cardot, M.A., M.F.A.
Assistant Professor
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Heather Denning
Heather Denning, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LSW
Art Therapy Instructor
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Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, M.F.A.
Chairperson, Associate Professor
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Peter Stadtmueller
Peter Stadtmueller, M.S.I.S.
Graphic Design Program Director, Lecturer
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Thomas Hubert
Thomas Hubert, M.F.A.
Professor

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