Center for Arts in Medicine

Visual Arts in Medicine

Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine. The Certificate recognizes students’ academic achievement and practical competency in the use of the arts to enhance individual and community health and to impact healthcare environments.  Students that complete the coursework for the certificate will be introduced to history and practices in the field of arts in health, they will explore utilizing the arts in the healthcare environment and they will develop their own artistic practice in a community health setting.

Students who fulfill the requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine gain unique life experience and skills. This certificate, recognizing these special skills, can serve as a credential for developing post-baccalaureate educational pathways and career options.


Students applying to the Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine must be current students in the School of Art + Art History. Prospective students should consult with the undergraduate certificate advisor and School of Art + Art History advisor to discuss options.

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application Procedures: Students interested in obtaining the Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine should apply to the program by the end of their freshman year. Students must complete at least 50% of certificate requirements after they have been accepted into the program. The application process includes:

Requirements: To qualify for the Certificate, students must attain a 3.0 average in all courses included in the Certificate curriculum within six months of graduation.  

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted November 1-January 30. Students will receive notification in early April.

Required Courses: Students should note that some of the listed courses have pre-requisites. 

HUM 2592: Introduction to Arts in Medicine in a Global Context, 3 credits

Explores the field of arts in medicine in a global context, focusing on the many ways that the arts can be used to enhance health and wellbeing in healthcare or community settings and the relationship of culture to healing practices, systems, and health literacy in various regions of the world.

ARE 2045: Introduction to Teaching Art, 3 credits

Overview of the art-teaching field. Study of rationales for teaching art, contemporary art teaching practices, community art experiences and alternative career options.

HUM 3351: Visual Arts in Medicine, 3 credits

This course explores the links between creativity and health, focusing on the many ways that visual arts practices can be used to support health and wellness in healthcare and community settings.  It includes studio workshops, lecture/discussion, video viewing, readings/literature research, group project work, and hands-on experiences and instruction on facilitating art experiences with a wide variety of materials and processes. The course will differentiate studio practice in arts in health and art therapy. 

Prereq:  HUM 2592

ART/PGY/GRA 3000 level studio course, 3 credits

Please note that most 3000 level studio courses have pre-requisites and all studio course work must be arranged with the permission of the School of Art + Art History Coordinator.

HUM 3940L: Arts in Medicine Practicum, 2 credits

Provides basic to intermediate-level mentored practice in the arts in healthcare in a clinical or community environment. Emphasizes a primary discipline while deepening the understanding of the practice through documentation self-assessment and a culminating paper.

Prereq: HUM 2592 and HUM 3351

Students must be registered for Practicum and contact the AIM Service Learning Coordinator by these dates:

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Certificate Advisor, Ferol Carytsas, at

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