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Pre-Art Therapy

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

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.

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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