Art—B.A. Art Therapy

Art therapy uses the arts to help people grow, and to enable them to work out emotional problems. An art therapist uses a broad range of traditional and nontraditional media with clients, from drawing and ceramics, to poetry, movement, and performance of various sorts.


  • There is no formal review process for admission to the BA in Art Therapy program

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 in order to graduate.


Transfer students should meet with a department advisor or the department chair for a review of transfer credits that may be applied to this degree.

Required Foundation Courses:12
ART 110Two Dimensional Design3
ART 111Three Dimensional Design3
ART 115Drawing Studio I3
ART 185Computer Graphics3
Required Art History Courses:9
ART 106Contemporary Art3
ART 131World Art II3
Any 200- or 300-Level Art History Course 3
Required Art Therapy Courses:12
ART 250Intro to Art Therapy3
ART 301Methods & Techniques in Art Therapy3
ART 403Group Art Therapy3
ART 510Case Studies in Art Therapy3
Required Psychology and Counseling Courses:18
PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 150Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence3
PSYC 152Development Adolescence to Adulthood3
PSYC 301Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 345Personality Theory3
PSYC 372Introduction To Counseling3
Electives: 4 Courses4
Any Art, Psychology, or Special Education Course
Required Art Studio Courses:22
ART 104Ceramics I3
ART 207Painting Fundamentals3
ART 219Life Drawing I3
ART 216Sculpture I3
ART 300Portrait Painting3
ART 307Relief Printing3
ART 450Portfolio Preparation1
Total Art Therapy Credits:76
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 114 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ART 115 Drawing Studio I 3
ART 110 Two Dimensional Design 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College * first time freshmen only 1
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
ART 185 Computer Graphics 3
ART 131 World Art II 3
ART 111 Three Dimensional Design 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
ART 106 Contemporary Art 3
ART 104 Ceramics I 3
ART 219 Life Drawing I 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 2
ART 216 Sculpture I 3
ART 207 Painting Fundamentals 3
PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 150 Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
PSYC 152 Development Adolescence to Adulthood 3
ART 250 Intro to Art Therapy 3
ART 300 Portrait Painting (May substitute ART 404) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
ART 307 Relief Printing 3
Art or Art History Elective (200 level or higher) 3
ART 301 Methods & Techniques in Art Therapy 3
PSYC 372 Introduction To Counseling 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
PSYC 345 Personality Theory 3
ART 403 Group Art Therapy 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Art, Psychology, or Special Education Elective 3
Art, Psychology, or Special Education Elective 3
Semester 2
ART 510 Case Studies in Art Therapy 3
ART 450 Portfolio Preparation 1
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
Art, Psychology, or Special Education Elective 3
Art, Psychology, or Special Education Elective 3
 Total Credits121

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Art Therapy program, students will be able to:

1.    Compose artworks in a range of visual art studio practices.

2.    Demonstrate technical proficiency in the creation of art/design projects.

3.    Analyze formal elements works of art, craft, and design or other items of material culture.

4.    Interpret works of art in light of the social and historical context in which they were produced.

5.    Develop a portfolio that demonstrates personal expression; technical skills in drawing, painting and clay; and preparedness to enter an Art Therapy graduate program.