Notre Dame de Namur University Reviews

4.45 out of 5 stars
(83 Reviews)
  • Belmont (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,350
50% of 83 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 83 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Tabitha - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016
"I highly recommend the Art Therapy graduate program at NDNU. The courses are great and prepare you for licensure. The professors are experienced professionals who bring great insight. I was fully supported throughout my time there and while navigating my traineeship. I continue to stay in touch with many of my peers and professors."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jennie - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
"NDNU's Art Therapy Psychology Department is rigorous, has extremely qualified professors and definitely prepares you for the field of Art Therapy. As one of the only art therapy programs in CA, it has been a pioneer in the field and continues to prepare students to enter a profession full of meaningful work. My experience in the program offered me a flexible and supportive environment while also creating high standards for my work as a student. The classes were unique, interesting and like nothing I had experienced as an undergrad. I had to take rigorous (yet creative) coursework, complete a practicum and write a thesis about a research project I had to complete. It was a lot of work! Not only do the professors prepare you professionally but they also prepare you personally to deal with what you might face in a career helping others heal. I highly recommend this program for those seeking a degree in Art Therapy -it will change your life."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Vannesa J - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2023
"As a current student of the Ph. D Art Therapy program, I express my support and my  connection to the Art Therapy Psychology department. I am a transplant from Texas, I selected NDNU because of the Master's Art Therapy program and continued my education by perusing a Ph. D. The NDNU Art Therapy Department has been instrumental in the support with my degrees, tools, and resources. Due to the support, I currently work in the Bay Area and provide mental heath support, resources, and community education tools to our underserved community.  In a time of fear, political climate, and social injustices, the Art Therapy Department continues to plant seeds for a larger investment in the field of mental heath. The students of the program are part of a systemic change. Whether that be through community engagement, mental health awareness, advocacy, reasearch, and challenges to social injustices our country faces today. It is with my highest regard and responsibility that I continue to advocate for the future of the Art Therapy program that has shaped my life in more ways than I can count. "
4.9 out of 5 stars
Pinar - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020
"When I started NDNU as a graduate student, I had limited expectations. As a busy mom of two young children, I had to choose a school, which was close to my home. I was planning to get my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and to start my private practice immediately. However, things did not go the way I planned as I fell in love with the school and with art therapy. NDNU is a beautiful school, but what makes it unique is the faculty. Dr. Carolan, Dr. Backos, and Dr. Sanders are exemplary professors and mentors, who continuously inspire and motivate their students. By providing a diverse and rich curriculum, the PhD. program in art therapy prepared me to be one of the pioneers in my field. As an ESL student, during my studies, I developed very important skills, which will serve me well not only in my private practice but also in my research career. I am truly grateful."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kate O’Malley - 3/2/2020
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018
"The joint graduate degree program in Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur is an exceptional program taught by incredible professors who are leading the field in research and publication. Classes are small, providing opportunities to truly connect with the professors and to benefit from their years of experience in the field. The continuing education program offers lectures and workshops in so many areas, with guest lecturers from around the country. Becoming a student of the MFT/Art Therapy program means you’re joining a family of passionate, creative people with whom you’ll grow into becoming the therapist you long to be!"
4.4 out of 5 stars
Monica Campbell - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2000
"I will never forget my years at NDNU. I was so impressed with the experience, compassion, education, and resources in Dr. Arnell Etherington, Dr. Doris Arrington and Dr. Richard Carolan. They competently and passionately introduced me into a world I never knew existed but was made for me: the combination of psychotherapy and art therapy. The program was small and a perfect way for me to explore and learn. And the connections my professors made to community mental health agencies was staggering. There were over 50 types of intern positions available to me as a trainee, making available many different ways Many of my colleagues continued on in their internship sites as full time employees; if I had chosen to stay in the Bay Area I would have been able to do the same. The greater mental health community in the Bay Area has profited tremendously from this valuable program, as have I personally and professionally. I found "my people" at NDNU's art therapy program, and my living."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Ashley - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"The Art Therapy Psychology program was a wonderful experience. We are lucky to have such supportive professors that are invested in our future careers and development. The program goes a great job at challenging each individual while encouraging growth. I always appreciated the ability to incorporate art making into the classes. The relationships that this program has formed with the community are both strong and impactful."
5.0 out of 5 stars
WEIYUN Hsieh - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"To whom it may concerns: This is Wei-Yun Hsieh, the alumni of NDNU Art Therapy Psychology Department. I am writing to share my experience when I was studying at NDNU. I am an international student from Taiwan. I am grateful that I made the right decision to study at NDNU to learn from the unique art therapy department. I am allowed to grow in a therapeutic way and the teachers are very understanding and responded to me with cross-cultural respects. Our department is the only art therapy doctoral program in the U.S., which is very critically important for me to learn from various art therapists. No words can express how grateful I feel about studying at the NDNU art therapy psychology department. The department trained me as a holistic and humanistic professional and I always gained support from NDNU Art Therapy. In addition to that, our chair, Amy Backos is a very professional and considerate teacher who has been helping me to overcome obstacles and succeeding in the study journey. The department supported me to build a sense of community and achieve to win the Mills-Penninsula Scholarship. I am happy to share my contributes which supervised by our department to let you better understand how important NDNU and our department is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3ZkQ1KsJmI Respectfully, Wei-Yun"
5.0 out of 5 stars
DA - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"I graduated from the art therapy and marriage and therapy master’s program. All professors were very professional and compassionate; they were always open to help and share their knowledge. NDNU is the only school that has art therapy in the Bay Area. The NDNU art therapy program has a lot of recognition inside and outside the U.S."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Serena - 3/2/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"I have met some of the most wonderful, kind, and intelligent human beings in the Art Therapy Psychology Department. The classes are small but full of learning! The doctoral art therapy program hosted many world-renowned art therapists as guest lecturers, which taught innovative approaches to assist becoming better therapists and researchers. I was able to learn from incredibly skilled clinicians- both professors and classmates. I am grateful for the learning community within the Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU."