Art Therapy BA Naropa University

Bachelors Degree in Contemplative Art Therapy

What if you could combine your love of making art with studying the workings of the mind?

As one of only a handful of art therapy bachelor's degree programs in the country offered at a university with a graduate art therapy program, Naropa University’s Contemplative Art Therapy major allows you to develop as an artist while also exploring the healing potential of traditional and Eastern psychology and art therapy. 

Known for our contemplative approach to education, which allows you to plumb the depths of your heart and mind through mindfulness practice, Naropa University offers you an unprecedented chance to explore the convergence of art and its capacity to help people heal.   

As a Contemplative Art Therapy major, you will be prepared to pursue master’s degrees in studio art, counseling and mental health fields, and art therapy as well as careers as art instructors, caseworkers, art coaches, mental health workers, recreation specialists, and others.

The Contemplative Art Therapy Major

The Contemplative Art Therapy degree program is 51-credit major offered in the context of Naropa's 120-credit hour contemplative liberal arts core curriculum.

Contemplative Art Therapy Field Placement

Complete a field placement in the community as an Contemplative Art Therapy major.


Featured Contemplative Art Therapy Courses

  • Introduction to Western Psychology
  • Buddhist Psychology I: Mindfulness Meditation
  • Introduction to Contemplative Art Therapy
  • Contemplative Art Therapy Theory and Application
  • Contemplative Art Therapy Studio Methods
  • Warrior Artist: Risk and Revelation in Studio Art

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Theory & Practice - Students articulate the theoretical ideas and practice of art therapy pioneers.
  • Studio-based ‘Art as Therapy’ to Art Psychotherapy - Students articulate the continuum of art therapy approaches from studio-based 'art as therapy' to art psychotherapy.
  • Art Modalities and Materials - Students discern appropriate application of art modalities and materials based on personal experience.
  • Relational Skills - Students demonstrate relational skills as applied to art materials and practice.
Leah Friedman

Faculty Spotlight

“Our students cultivate a thoughtfully honed visual vocabulary to utilize art as a means of deep listening and communication. We work together to explore the capacity art has to convey meaning, connecting us to ourselves, each other, and that which is yet to be revealed.”

— Leah Friedman, MA ATR-BC

Chair, Contemplative Art Therapy