Wayne State University

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Art Therapy

M.Ed. in Art Therapy

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 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 including humanistic and family systems orientations, in addition to the art education and service-learning perspectives. Opportunities to experience the healing nature of art and to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skill are provided throughout the curriculum in service-learning, practicum, and internships experiences.

Wayne State University is particularly suited for a program in Art Therapy. We have an outstanding university library through which virtually all literature in the field can be accessed. The Detroit Public Library, one of the finest in the country, is located across the street. Situated in the University Cultural Center district, we are within walking distance of a number of museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, and Museum of African American History, as well as other museums. The Detroit metropolitan area provides rich opportunities for practical experience in community placement.  The University's association with the Detroit Medical Center, John Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center, as well as other hospitals and clinics, provides students with excellent hands-on 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.

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