Art Therapy minors learn to integrate the arts and art-making into the therapeutic relationship.
The minor in Art Therapy is designed for students interested in using art modalities such as painting, drawing, and sculpture in working with adults and children in a variety of settings. It prepares students to help those who cannot express their thoughts in words as well as others, or those who prefer to work with art to express their experiences.
Credit requirements for completing the Art Therapy minor differ depending on the student's major choice. Students pursuing in a psychology-based major or the Human Services major are required to participate in two core course offerings, must complete one of two Studio Art courses (Drawing I or Drawing Fundamentals), and choose two advanced Studio Art courses. Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but are not working toward a Human Services or psychology-based degree must complete three core courses, one of two Studio Art courses, and three Advanced Studio Art courses.
College of Art and Design students who wish to complete the Art Therapy minor are exempt from the Studio Art requirements, but must complete three core courses and two courses in the Psychology program.
This course provides an introduction to the history, philosophy, and theory of art therapy. Students will learn about the creative process and visual expression as it relates to therapy. Readings, lectures, films, and experiential exercises will be utilized. No artistic ability or training is necessary.
This course builds on the student's knowledge of art therapy and the creative process by looking at the application of art therapy with different populations. Populations include different age groups, clinical diagnoses, and settings. Students will also learn about various approaches such as medical art therapy and community art therapy.
Jane Ferris Richardson
Assistant Professor of Art Therapy
Nancy Jo Cardillo
Instructor of Expressive Arts Therapy
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