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Visual Arts Therapy

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administrative contact

Terri Giobbia
Coordinator, Art Education Program
phone: 304-293-2393

program contact

Terri Giobbia
Coordinator, Art Education Program
phone: 304-293-2393

Program Details

Program Description

This program is designed to provide art teachers with a foundation of the healing dimension of the creative process.

The foundation of visual arts therapy is the belief that art-making and works of art have the capacity to offer hope, usher in calm, dignify sorrow, expand one’s imagination and stretch one’s powers of empathy to lead to greater self-awareness.

Career Profile

Students who pursue this certification can also go on to earn the credentials and licensure to become professionals in visual arts therapy.

Delivery Methods Available

  • blended

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Pre-Qualification Process

Individuals certified to teach art in PreK-21 classrooms and who hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree are eligible to apply for the certificate program without applying to the Master of Arts degree program.

Additional Information

• Requirements include 15 credit hours of online coursework, hands-on art-making activities and participation in on-campus workshops.
• Students must also complete approximately 100 hours of observation within a practical setting, culminating in an individual research project.
• Expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.