2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Art Therapy - Bachelor of Science (39 credits)

(39 credits plus 19 credits of experiential learning)

The professional major in Art Therapy is designed for students interested in using visual art modalities in working with adults and children in a variety of settings. It prepares students for entry-level positions in a number of human services settings, such as social service agencies, childcare programs or specialized school programs, and other community settings. It is also designed to prepare students for entry into a professional Master's degree program in Art Therapy and/or Expressive Art Therapies. This major combines pre-professional courses in the human services with substantial coursework in psychology and art. Students will complete over 400 hours in the field.  Optional specialization: Holistic Psychology.

To successfully meet the requirements of the Art Therapy major, students will:

  • develop values that integrate the identity of a visual artist and that of a helping professional.
  • integrate the concepts of art therapy within a context of the helping profession, through engagement in experiential learning.
  • be able to critically analyze social science research to enhance their development within the field of art therapy.
  • demonstrate an understanding of normal and abnormal psychological development.
  • display a capacity to utilize multicultural perspectives in their approach to understanding art therapy practice.

Degree Requirements

I. Required Core (18 Credits):

CPSYC 1401Lifespan Development

3

CARTH 2423Principles of Art Therapy

3

CPSYC 3405Abnormal Psychology

3

CSOCS 3444Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

CARTH 3523Art Therapy with Specific Populations

3

CARTH 4523Studio-Based Art Therapy

3

Minimum grade requirement of "C" in  CSOCS 3444 and CARTH 4523 to complete the major.

II. Required Studio / Survey Arts (21 Credits):

A. Art History (3 Credits) - Choose ONE:

IAHIS 1200Art of the Western World I

3

IAHIS 1210Art of the Western World II

3

IAHIS 2200History of Photography

3

IAHIS 2800Intro to Ancient and Medieval Art

3

IAHIS 3313Multicultural Photography

3

B. Studio Art Courses (18 Credits):

The foundation courses are designed to give art therapy majors a broad experience in 2D and 3D studio work. Electives are intended to build depth and breadth in various media.

Students planning to apply for the dual-degree program or graduate school will need most of the studio art courses completed by mid-junior year, as well as 3 additional credits in psychology.

Required Courses (6 Credits):
IFNDN 1620Drawing Intensive

3

IFINE 1210Introduction to Painting

3

Choose ONE (3 credits):
IFINE 1320Introduction to Sculpture

3

IFINE 2445Core Clay I

3

IFNDN 16703D Concepts

3

Studio Art Electives (9 Credits):
Choose 3 additional studio-arts courses (at least 2 at the 2000-level or above)

Required Internships (19 Credits):

CPSYC 1551Foundations and Systems in the Helping Professions

3

CPSYC 2551Concepts & Skills in Professional Practice

4

CARTH 3501Art Therapy Internship and Seminar I

6

CARTH 4501Art Therapy Internship and Seminar II

6

Please note: Minimum grade requirement of C for above courses.

CPSYC 1551 : in fall semester for transfer students only

Recommended Courses:

Not part of major.

CMATH 1522Introduction to Statistics

3

CPSYC 1201Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

CPSYC 2403Theories of Personality

3

CPSYC 2421Introduction to Counseling

3

CPLCY 3552Social Policy

3

CMATH 1522 Introduction to Statistics can be a Liberal Arts Foundation math requirement choice