Why study Pre-Art Therapy?

According to the American Art Therapy Association (2017) "Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship."

"Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change."

A certificate in Pre-Art Therapy seeks to achieve two primary goals:

  • To increase students’ understanding and knowledge about the field of art therapy
  • Prepare students to apply to art therapy graduate programs since a graduate-level art therapy degree is required in order to practice art therapy professionally.

Admission Requirements

The Pre-Art Therapy Certificate requires a 2.0 GPA to be accepted into the program.To apply, students should submit the DAAP Undergraduate Application for Certificates and Minor online.

The Pre-Art Therapy Certificate helps students to meet the prerequisites for most master's programs in art therapy. A career in art therapy requires a master's degree.  Approved master degree programs in art therapy are listed with the American Art Therapy Association.

For questions about this certificate program, please contact:
Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT, ATR
Licensed Psychologist and Registered Art Therapist
(513) 732-5331

The University of Cincinnati is the only school to offer a course and internship opporunities in pre-art therapy in the tri-state area. Students have the opportunity to learn from a registered art therapist and obtain hands-on experience.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Admissions
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-1376

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Program Code: 23CRT-PATY-C2