|Overview:||Art therapists help rehabilitate mentally ill and physically disabled patients using art therapy programs. They help patients use art techniques which can serve as a vehicle for patient self-expression, creativity & emotional outlet. They work as part of a medical team.|
|Duties:||They educate mentally disturbed patients with skills needed to create paintings, drawings and sculptures as a means for self- expression, releasing of emotions and insight to their problems.
They assess patients' level of functioning to determine what art form(s) would be appropriate for the patient to attempt. They help patients to experiment with techniques and materials.
Jointly review with patients their art work in order to assist them explore their problems. They advise patients about methods to enrich artistic quality and deepen the therapeutic value.
They confer with psychiatric and medical team members responsible for patients in order to receive information about patients' behavior. They use this information to assess treatment methods.
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre
|Job Outlook:||Employment of art therapists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 stemming from the needs of an aging population. Increased funding for services for disabled students in the public schools will also fuel growth.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$29,000 to $35,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Training is very specialized and must be pursued at a college or university accredited by the American Art Therapy Association. A bachelor's degree is a necessary pre-requisite, a master's is needed for therapeutic practice, and a Ph.D. for college teaching jobs. Art therapy education includes a study of fine arts, psychology and sociology. An additional degree in social work or counseling will enhance your job opportunities.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.