Notre Dame de Namur University Reviews

4.48 out of 5 stars
(82 Reviews)
  • Belmont (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,350
50% of 82 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 82 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Paige Donnell - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2009
"I highly recommend the art therapy psychology program to anyone with an interest in the field. I gained so much from the program, and I have been sharing the tools I’ve learned with clients throughout the Bay Area for the past 10+ years. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of the program and the way it prepared me to enter the workforce. I use skills I learned at NDNU on a daily basis with my clients and am so glad there is a program like this one out there. A+++"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Hillary - 2/28/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"The MFT/Art Therapy program is a wonderful program. It is created to set graduating students up for success in the field and success within community. The program provided a strong foundation in theory and clinical skills. The education provided on art therapy is built into every course and sets graduating students up with wonderful knowledge around the power of art."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Colleen Kahn - 2/28/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2006
"I am a pediatric hematology/oncology Art Therapist at Stanford Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. I have my dream career all thanks to the Art Therapy Psychology Department. The dedication of the faculty in the Art Therapy Psychology department is unparalleled. I am proud to be an alumni. Thank you to all my professors: Dr. Gwen Sanders, Dr. Jo Wallace, Dr. Richard Carolan and Dr. Arnell Etherington. You are valued and invaluable. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Alicia Dabney - 2/28/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020
"The art therapy psychology department stands out as a program of distinction, and has gained local recognition at agencies and schools in the field of mental and behavioral health, not just for its stellar education and training toward MFT and LPC licensure, but for its additional specialization in art therapy. It provides a balance of rigorous academic learning with hands-on, experiential fieldwork that has better prepared me to enter the field, and sets me apart from other applicants with similar degrees of study. In my Traineeship, I have encountered few other MFT students who possess the same depth of applied knowledge in theory and practice, methods, mechanisms of change, and cross-cultural learning. I am so grateful to this program and the combined knowledge, wisdom, and experience of the directors, advisors, professors, and staff."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Nicole Hawthorne - 2/28/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013
"My time in the Art Therapy Psychology department is filled with fond memories of learning, growth, community service, and strong community. The professors are top-notch and formed such a close knit community that many students and staff are still in touch, which is so helpful when it comes to career networking. It’s incredibly exciting to graduate from the first University to have a PhD program in Art Therapy in the country."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Carrie Pfeil - 2/24/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2021
"NDNU professors are leaders in their field, and share a tremendous amount of applicable experience with their students. The academics are skewed heavily, as it is in many counseling programs, towards self reflection and personal growth of the students as therapists."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Dana - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"Overall, I really love it here at NDNU. It's my first semester here. The campus is beautiful. The campus is small and easy to get around. Class sizes are relatively small, which can be rather helpful. I do wish there was a little more variety to the food in the cafeteria. I also wish the laundry service here didn't cost money. I also was shocked when the arts undergrad programs were cancelled. I ran into trouble when the bookstore on campus was closed, I think for renovations but I'm not sure. I still am having a couple issues with returning a book that is missing pages. Other than the things I mentioned, I really enjoy it here."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Stefani - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"The Art Therapy major is inclusive and fun. You will learn a lot about using art to help support clients. The draw back is the campus who focus more on supporting undergraduate than graduate students. The Art Therapy major has the worst building on campus."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Barbara Petterson - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2011
"Overall I think it's a great program. The classes were small so there were lots of opportunities for discussion and interaction. Art-making was part of many classes which is crucial in learning to do art therapy, understanding the process from the inside out, and developing one's own relationship to the practice and the field of art therapy. Many art therapists who work in various settings in the community presented as part of the classes. This was a great way to get a sense of different styles, of work with various populations and issues, and to start to build networks. The professors were friendly and supportive as were fellow students. The things I would have liked would be studio art therapy on campus as part of the learning and to learn more about depth-oriented psychodynamic art therapy. Also, at the time the Program was not strong in terms of cultural competence, but my impression from interactions with Program staff and students since then is that that has changed. I feel lucky have an education in the field of therapy. As someone who came into the Program already licensed as a therapist, my art therapy education and training opened opportunities to me that I wouldn't have without it (contract work providing art therapy groups in various settings) and has deepened and expanded my work with individual clients. It's also connected me to a great community of peers and mentors."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Janae Dueck - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"This is a great program if you're interested in combining a Marriage and Family Therapy licenser and an Art Therapist credential. The two go hand-in-hand, and provides the student with fun and engaging ways for doing therapy. It is an innovative field, that offers creativity, discovery, and self-growth as you learn about how to become the best therapist you can be."
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