The M.Ed. in Art Education with a concentration in Art Therapy is one of two options for art therapy preparation at Wayne State University. This 48 credit hour program does not prepare students to teach; it prepares students to become art therapists. This option has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) since 1994.
Members of the art therapy faculty are practicing art therapists, bringing not only academic but also practical experience to the program. Our instructors provide an eclectic blend of perspectives that include therapeutic art education and service-learning philosophy.Consistent with the College theme, and University mission, the Art Therapy Program prepares art therapists who are reflective, innovative, and committed to diversity. We aim to prepare students to have the commitment, competence, and personal qualities to help others acquire skills and understandings necessary for quality of life, with a special emphasis on community service and social responsibility.
Located in the cultural and medical centers in Midtown, Wayne State’s Art Therapy Program is within walking distance of a number of museums, galleries and hospitals: The Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the Detroit Medical Center, John Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center and other cultural and health centers all provide students with opportunities for practical experience. As the only university with an Approved program in Michigan, our students educate the community about art therapy, leading the way for art therapy in the state.