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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Therapy, B.F.A

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About the Major

The B.F.A. in Art Therapy prepares students for graduate study in art therapy. The B.F.A. in Art Therapy attracts students who have a passion for both a studio concentration and Art Therapy. This degree includes coursework that is equivalent to the traditional B.F.A. in Art with a studio concentration combined with the coursework in Art Therapy, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology that is required for the B.A. Art Therapy. This course of study also assists students in making an informed choice regarding art therapy as a career. In addition to studio art and Art History requirements, students are required to take the Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Art Therapy. Students should meet with the Chair of the Department and their adviser about this degree. Our program allows students to:

  • Develop studio art skills.
  • Include pre-professional studies in the behavioral and social sciences.
  • Meet the requirements of the American Art Therapy Association for graduate school entrance prerequisites.  

Adviser: Carole Loeffler


(66 credits in Studio Art and Art History, 38 credits in Psychology and Art Therapy, plus Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 148 credits)

The Art Therapy major can be elected as a B.A. or B.F.A. Art Therapy majors who choose to obtain the B.F.A. will earn a minimum of 20 credits above the usual 128 credits needed for graduation in order to fulfill requirements for the B.F.A. in Art Therapy. NOTE: There is no minor in art therapy

Four Studio Art courses (12 credits)

  • FA 102  Studio Art Foundations I (3 credits)
  • FA 103  Studio Art Foundations II (3 credits)
  • FA 104  Drawing I (3 credits)
  • FA 105  Drawing II (3 credits)

Studio Art Courses (27 credits)

  • Four courses in a chosen studio concentration, to total 15 credits
  • Additional studio electives, to total 12 credits, recommended in Painting, Printmaking and Metals and Jewelry

Three Art History courses (12 credits)

One 100-level course in Art History, including:

  • AH 111  Western Art: Renaissance to Modern or
  • AH 112   Western Art: Prehistory to Medieval

One 200-level course in Art History

One 300-level course in Art History

Four Psychology courses (16 credits)

  • PY 111   Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 205   Adult Psychopathology

Two courses from the following:

  • PY 212  Developmental Psychology
  • ED 214  Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • PY 238  Adolescence
  • PY 142  Research Methods

Four Art Therapy courses (at least 14 credits)

  • AT 200  Introduction to Art Therapy
  • AT 210  Intermediate Art Therapy
  • AT 310  Art Therapy: Applications and Techniques
  • AT 365  Internship in Art Therapy (2 or 4 credits)

Two Sociology and Anthropology courses (8 credits)

  • SO 101  Introductory Sociology
  • AN 120  Cultural Anthropology

Senior Capstone Experience (15 credits)

  • AT 383 Senior Studio (2 credits)
  • FA 383  Senior Studio (2 credits)
  • FA 484  Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • AT 490 Senior Thesis (4 credits)
  • SI 490  Senior Thesis (4 credits)
  • FA 490L  Senior Thesis Lecture (0 credits)

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