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4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

About this program

Art Therapy

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 promote creativity and wellness. Graduates of the program often work in the human service field or pursue graduate school for art therapy.

Fast Facts

  • 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 recognizedStudents have the opportunity to travel abroad and volunteer in art therapy related service learning experiences
  • Students have the opportunity to travel abroad and volunteer in art therapy related service learning experiences
  • The Mercyhurst Art Therapy Club allows majors to get to know each other outside of classes and get involved in campus activities
  • Students are required to take courses in art, art therapy, psychology, and sociology, building the abilities needed to support the use of art as a way to help others
  • Focus solely on Art Therapy or add an additional major or minor in related art programs such as Art Education, Photography, Graphic Design or Studio Art
  • Students have the opportunity and have presented at regional and national art therapy conferences supporting professional development.

Program content

Core Courses

  • Mercyhurst - REACH and outREACH
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Basic Computer Design
  • Art Therapy I / Introduction
  • Art Therapy II / Materials and Methods
  • Art Therapy III Practices
  • Art Therapy IV Seminar
  • Art Therapy V Internship
  • Painting I / Watercolor OR
    • Painting I / Acrylic
  • Ceramics I
  • Art History: Ancient to Medieval OR
    • Art History: Renaissance to Modern
  • SR Art Thesis Individualized
  • SR Art Thesis Seminar
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology: Childhood OR
    • Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
  • Personality
  • Abnormal PsychologyDiversity in Society: Oppression & Social Justice OR
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology OR
    • Social Psychology


  • Art
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total tuition fees for

  • Residents:$55,505
  • Local Commuters:$43,005

Career paths

  • Art Therapists
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Mental Health Counselors

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Mercyhurst University

Founded in 1929, Mercyhurst University is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. The university educates diverse persons in...

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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th Street
16546 Erie Pennsylvania
United States of America

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