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Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

The Finlandia University Art Therapy program is for students who want to help others through art.



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The art therapy major is designed to provide you with an integrated understanding of the role art plays in relation to human psychology. FinnU’s program prepares you with the fundamental elements needed for a career that explores the healing benefits of art making as related to human psychology. From the Senior Capstone to internship opportunities, our art therapy program provides solid training in both fine art, art history and psychology.


One of the unique aspects of FinnU’s art therapy program is the amount of time students spend in our amazing International School of Art & Design studios. You’ll learn how to create and critique various different kinds of art including fiber and fashion, ceramics, illustration and painting, and graphic design. In addition, art history and art appreciation classes allow you to reflect on what art means to give you the skills needed when exploring patient work.


Art therapy is a burgeoning career field as the demand for therapists rapidly increases. Art therapists can expect to make between $30,000-80,000 after their degree.

For students looking to obtain their Master’s degree, Finlandia’s program prepares students to enter the next phase of education. In fact, 100 percent of our art therapy graduates have been accepted to every graduate school program they have applied to.


"Most of the time you either major in art or psychology. Then you go to graduate school and decide you want to be an art therapist, so you have to go back and take either art or psychology classes. So, it's pretty uncommon to have this as an undergraduate program. It'll be nice because then I won't have to back track when I do go to grad school, I will have already had all of these credits and can jump right in to the Masters Degree."

Laurin LaBonte (’17)

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The Finlandia Scholarship for Art

January 26, 2023


The Finlandia Scholarship for Art is a new competitive art scholarship opportunity available for Fall 2023 incoming freshmen or transfer students majoring in Art Therapy or Graphic Design.

Scholarship Requirements:

New to Finlandia for Fall 2023 (incoming freshman or transfer) Art Therapy or Graphic Design major 2.5 GPA required Scholarship Award: One single $2,000 scholarship, renewable for four years by maintaining a 2.5 GPA Competitive (awarded based on portfolio review) Portfolio reviews will occur following the spring 2023 semester and the recipient will be awarded […] Read More

Finlandia Fridays Dives Into the Finlandia Gallery ISAD Faculty Exhibit

February 26, 2021

Mornings, 2021, Adobe Illustrator by Tom Adolphs

The International School of Art & Design 2021 Faculty Exhibit is on display now at the Finlandia University Gallery. Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays to talk about the exhibit and upcoming artist reception.

Retired professor Phyllis Fredendall showcasing her pieces that are in the exhibit

Recent works by full-time, adjunct and emeritus faculty representing a diverse range of media and concepts will be on display. […] Read More

embrace your sisu
Introducing the Embrace Your Sisu Competition

November 13, 2020

Enrollment officer Gini Gesler joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about Finlandia’s new scholarship competition designed to help people take a break from the challenges of today. The competition, named Embrace Your Sisu, embraces the idea of art therapy to channel one of the three key tenets of sisu: calm.

A sample submission of the Embrace Your Sisu poster.

The competition consists of a poster participants can color using any medium of […] Read More


  1. Personal Perspective/Analytic and Critical Thinking: Develop basic skills in interpersonal counseling and effectively initiate and maintain relationships with peers, clients, and supervisors.
  2. Communication: Articulate the language of art with written, verbal, and visual skill sets.
  3. Communication: Effectively document the creative process.
  4. Global Perspective: Integrate and evaluate ideas across socioeconomic, racial, and cultural differences.
  5. Creative Insight: Make observations, inferences, determine relationships, and draw conclusions in the preparation of psychological reports.
  6. Communication/Creative Insight: Listen, understand, and critique the principles of art.
  7. Personal Perspective: Understand human psychological development, assessment, and evaluation, behavior modification, interviewing, and clinical psychology.
  8. Creative Insight: Demonstrate the ability to use creative approaches to problem solving.
  9. Global Perspective: Understand and analyze the relevance of art history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives, including that of art history, linguistics, information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of designed objects and systems.



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Faculty and Staff

Lindsey Heiden

Visiting Assistant Professor, International School of Art & Design


Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication


Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS

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