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An art therapy minor crafts a piece in class

Are you creative and have a passion for helping others? With a minor in Art Therapy, you can gain the skills to work immediately in a community arts organization. Alternatively, the program also prepares students for graduate study, which, coupled with certification, expands job opportunities to include careers in hospitals, schools, community clinics, or private practice.

The Art Therapy minor is a program which offers two distinct pathways to careers as an art therapist - students can select either a psychology or studio arts emphasis.

Any major can take the Art Therapy minor studio arts emphasis or the Art Therapy minor psychology emphasis. If a student who isn’t majoring in Studio Arts or Psychology wishes to pursue Art Therapy at the graduate level they should take both Art Minors.

Psychology Emphasis

With the psychology emphasis, the minor includes six courses which include classes such as Child Development, Counseling Theories or Abnormal Psychology. Students will also complete an internship as part of the minor, including leading art therapy exercises for clients with the Charles River Center as part of the College's partnership with its Futures Program.

Studio Arts Emphasis

Students can also minor in art therapy with a studio arts emphasis, which features six courses on Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Art in the Community, and Art and Identity.

Prerequisite:

PST 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3


Developmental Psychology Requirement:

Please choose one (3 credits)

PSY 1400 Child Development 3
PSY 2100 Adolescent Development 3
PSY 2400 Human Development 3


Practicum/Internship Requirement:
Please choose one (3 credits)

PSY 2900 Practicum 3
OR
PSY 3450 Internship in (Art Therapy Placement) 3


Other Requirements:

PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3120 Counseling Theories 3


PSY 2000-level Requirement:

Please choose one (3 credits)

PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children 3
PSY 2125 Substance Use Counseling:
Theory and Practice
3
PSY 2225 Psychology of Family Life 3
PSY 2220 Death, Dying & Bereavement 3
PSY 2900 Practicum 3


Total Credits:  18

Prerequisites:

SA 1770 Two-Dimensional Design 3
SA 1800 Drawing 3

Requirements:

SA 2001 Art and Identity 3
OR
SA 2200 Art in the Community 3
SA 2XXX/3XXX Two SA Courses at the
2000 or 3000 Level
6
SA 3800 Drawing II 3

Total Credits:  18

Learning Outcomes for Psychology Majors:

  1. Compose and design using formal design elements and principles in a purposeful way
  2. Communicate ideas visually while examining how formal design elements strengthen the communicative properties of an image
  3. Experiment and explore a variety of media, resulting in mastery of one or more media
  4. Integrate traditional art making techniques with digital components through experimenting with a variety of media
  5. Develop visual sensitivity through the process of research, conceptual development, creating works of art, discussion and critique
  6. Conceptualize and create work from idea to physical form while examining process
  7. Examine and articulate an integrated perspective on the arts in conjunction with social, historical, political and/or environmental and contemporary issues
  8. Appreciate the diversity of aesthetic expression in both the western and non-western worlds
  9. Document personal vision and voice through the creation of a portfolio in a cohesive and professional manner
  10. Use language of the discipline in a written format research and discuss inspiration, analyze process, and describe works of art

Learning Outcomes for Studio Arts Majors:

  1. Compose and design using formal design elements and principles in a purposeful way
  2. Communicate ideas visually while examining how formal design elements strengthen the communicative properties of an image
  3. Experiment and explore a variety of media, resulting in mastery of one or more media
  4. Integrate traditional art making techniques with digital components through experimenting with a variety of media
  5. Develop visual sensitivity through the process of research, conceptual development, creating works of art, discussion and critique
  6. Conceptualize and create work from idea to physical form while examining process
  7. Examine and articulate an integrated perspective on the arts in conjunction with social, historical, political and/or environmental and contemporary issues
  8. Appreciate the diversity of aesthetic expression in both the western and non-western worlds
  9. Document personal vision and voice through the creation of a portfolio in a cohesive and professional manner
  10. Use language of the discipline in a written format research and discuss inspiration, analyze process, and describe works of art
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