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Pre-Art Therapy (BA)

Art Therapy student helping a child staple artwork together

Art as a Conduit to Healing

Use your love of art to help and heal others. USF’s Pre-Art Therapy program blends studio art with elements of psychology and social work — giving you the foundation needed for a career in art therapy or a related field. You will be fully prepared for graduate school, the next step in becoming a registered art therapist.

How & What You’ll Learn

The Pre-Art Therapy curriculum combines classroom and studio learning with hands-on experience in a community setting. You’ll select one of three art mediums as a concentration and will graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.


  • 3D Art
  • 2D Art
  • Photography

As you advance through your art classes, you’ll start applying your skills to the outside world with internships, service projects, and other opportunities. You’ll connect with schools, social service organizations, community centers, and more — building experience and making professional connections!

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Acrylic art project

Find Your Passion

My internship and all the field experiences I did showed me how much I want to work with children in a school setting. As soon as I graduated, I was hired to work in a school as an educational diagnostician. From there, I plan to get a graduate degree in School Psychology.

MacKenzie Leeper ’18
Pre-Art Therapy & Psychology

Career Success!

Graduates of our program work as art therapists, school psychologists, recreational therapists, mental health counselors, and more. They are accepted into prestigious graduate programs across the country including:

Career Outlook & Success


Expected job growth for art therapists by 2026


Median Salary

“It’s empowering to use what I’ve learned to help others.”

I really like how many opportunities we have to apply our work to real-life situations. I did a year-long internship at Erin’s House working with teens and younger children. As a facilitator, I used art to help them connect to their peers and work through their challenges. It’s empowering to use what I’ve learned to help others.

Brittney Ley ’19
Pre-Art Therapy & Psychology

Recent Internships sites include:

  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Erin’s House for Grieving Children
  • Sunshine Group Home
  • Jesters
  • Healing Arts, and more

Outstanding Studios & Labs

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art studios, labs, and technology, including the following 2D, 3D, & Photography facilities.

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Academic Plan

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