A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Pre-Art Therapy

(Combined Art & Psychology program)

Students interested in art therapy as a career may prepare for graduate study in the field by either majoring in art with a structured minor in psychology, or by majoring in psychology with a structured minor in art. Either path will enable the student to fulfill the undergraduate requirements for graduate school admission and the guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association.

Art Major option

The American Art Therapy Association requires a minimum of 12 semester hours in psychology, including Developmental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Some graduate programs recommend additional undergraduate psychology coursework. Students majoring in art should take the following courses, located in the "Art Major Option" table below, for at least a minor in psychology.

Psychology Major option

The American Art Therapy Association requires a minimum of 18 semester hours in studio art, so that the student can “demonstrate proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making…using a variety of art materials and processes”. Students majoring in psychology should take the Applied/Pre-Therapy track, including a practicum in an art therapy setting. They should also take at least 18 credits in studio art classes to cover a variety of media, such as the following located in the "Psychology Major Option" table below, selected in consultation with Professor Sokso.

Art Major Option 
PSY 213 Developmental Psychology
PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology
And at least two more courses selected from the following in consultation with Prof. Young:
PSY 217 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
PSY 310 Experimental Methods (with a pre-requisite of PSY 309 Statistics)
PSY 314  Child Psychopathology
PSY 402 Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY 410 Practicum in Psychology (in an art therapy setting)
Psychology Major Option
ART 271  Ceramics I
ART 241 Two-Dimensional Design
ART 242 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 211 Drawing I
ART 245 Graphic Design I
ART 221  Painting I
ART 161  ART 161 Digital and Photographic Process Printmaking