- Academic Departments
- Art Education
- Art Education/Art Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Interactive Media Design Major
- Studio Art
A major in Art Therapy
Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. By helping people create art and reflect on the art products and processes, you can increase their awareness of self and others. Your work can help them cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences. It can enhance cognitive abilities and help them enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Through integrating the theory and practice of art, psychology, adaptation and education you will learn the foundational skills necessary to assist others in developing their own relationship with art, art making and their creative self. As an Art Therapy major you will complete a succession of placements working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. By identifying their needs, preferences and motivations, you will design therapeutic art experiences focusing on positive results that help participants meet their goals and make connections through the creative process.
Alverno maintains ties with more than 60 agencies, organizations and schools to provide a wide range of field experiences and opportunities for hands on participation in a variety of community workshops. These field experiences and workshops connect you with art expression as part of a community while expanding your learning in the areas of culture, collaborative art making, educational facilitation, event planning, funding, marketing, context based research and the implementation of art programs to diverse communities.