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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May 16, 2023

Updated May 16, 2023

On Thursday, March 2, Finlandia University’s Board of Trustees announced that FinnU will not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Announced Tuesday, March 14, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to dissolve the institution and wind up affairs in an orderly manner.

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May 11, 2023

Finlandia University held its final Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. Following commencement, a commendation service was held for Finlandia University students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and friends, commending the University and its 126 years of service.

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Finlandia honors legacy, Class of 2023 with final commencement and commendation ceremonies

May 10, 2023

Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia University held its final spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. In March, the University announced the decision to dissolve the institution and not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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President Timothy Pinnow congratulates student at FinnU’s Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

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  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.


Faculty and Staff

Lindsey Heiden

Visiting Assistant Professor, International School of Art & Design


Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication

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