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Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts Therapy

The Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts Therapy program will help to provide additional training for art teachers that the Bachelor of Fine Arts and/or Masters of Arts in Art Education currently do not offer. As such, this field offers new professional opportunities to art educators who are trained, knowledgeable, and versed in its systems, methods, and practices for using Visual Arts Therapy within their teaching practice in the PreK-21 classroom.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a bachelors’ degree in studio art or art education from a program accredited by NASAD with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Students in the post bachelors’ certificate program must maintain a 3.0 GPA to progress. Additionally, any student currently enrolled in a Graduate school at WVU may also take courses.


ART 610 Visual Arts Therapy Introduction and Ethics 3
ART 611 Theory of Art Education & Art Therapy 3
ART 612 Art Methods/Materials for Special Populations 3
ART 613 Visual Arts Therapy Assessments and Evaluations 3
ART 620 Advanced Problems in Art-Making 3
ART 690 Clinical Observations* 3
*Complete a minimum of 100 observation hours in school or clinical settings.

Total Hours: 18