What is an Art Therapist?


Art Therapist Job Description

Art therapists are responsible for using the visual arts as a medium for assisting clients with expressing intense emotion and exploring their thoughts in non-verbal ways. They aim to engage their clients in the creative personal process in order to help them heal or develop self-awareness.



Typical Job Duties

• Liaise with other professionals from various disciplines such as teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists and psychiatrists

• Enable clients to explore their art work and the process of its creation

• Plan, schedule and implement activities with individuals or groups

• Prepare and maintain detailed case notes

• Assess and understand the feelings or temperament of others

• Attend meetings and seminars in order to share professional experience and learn from others

• Constructively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of clients



Scholarships for Becoming an Art Therapist  

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Art Therapist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Art History Scholarships and Psychology Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for getting your start in this line of work. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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