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Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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About Drawing and Painting / Art Therapy

Are you interested in art and psychology? Would you love to use your knowledge of visual art and the create process as tools to help improve a person’s mental health and well-being? Are you interested in helping people reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, and reduce anxiety using art making as a therapeutic activity?

Ramapo College and Caldwell University have partnered to create a new joint degree program, where students who meet specified admissions requirements will be admitted to Ramapo College’s Visual Arts program with a concentration in either Drawing and Painting with Art Therapy or in Sculpture with Art Therapy. You will then be provisionally admitted to Caldwell University’s Master’s of Counseling with a Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy Specialization.


Classes you can take:

Basic Painting, Intermediate Sculpture, Intermediate Drawing, Art & Interaction, Art as Therapy, Elementary Probability & Statistics, Intro to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology

Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more:

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Sample Job Titles

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At Ramapo, you’ll draw, paint, sculpt in spacious studios and take advantage of all the courses required in our ARTS curriculum. Your professors will give you individualized attention to you achieve your creative goals.

Unique to Ramapo, you can take art and interaction and art therapy courses as an undergraduate so that you can become familiar with your career choice before starting graduate school. These courses combine guided field experiences with class research and discussion.

Your education in creating and interpreting visual art combined with your Psychology studies will prepare you well for your Caldwell graduate experience.