Students may prepare for graduate study in art therapy by majoring in art with a structured minor in psychology, majoring in psychology with a structured minor in art, or majoring in both art and psychology. Each path will enable the student to fulfill the undergraduate requirements for graduate school admission and the guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association
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 clinical/counseling 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 those listed below, selected in consultation with their advisor.
|Art Courses to be Taken with Psychology Major||Credits|
|ART 271 Ceramics I||4|
|ART 241 Two-Dimensional Design||2|
|ART 242 Three-Dimensional Design||2|
|ART 211 Drawing I||2|
|ART 245 Graphic Design I||4|
|ART 221 Painting I||4|
|Art Total||min. 18|
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 for at least a minor in psychology.
|Psychology Courses to be Taken with Art Major||Credits|
|PSY 213 Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology||3|
|At least two more courses selected from the following in consultation with Dr. Pettway|
|PSY 217 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood||3|
|PSY 310 Experimental Methods (with a prerequisite of BADM/PSY 309 Statistics)||4|
|PSY 314 Child Psychopathology||3|
|PSY 402 Counseling and Psychotherapy||3|
|Psychology Total||min. 12|
Double Major Option
In addition to the options outlined above, a student interested in art therapy could complete a double major in art and psychology.