Art Education/Art Therapy (major)

What you will study

In addition to learning the theory and practice described in the previous section on art education, you also study the ways art can be applied adaptively and therapeutically.

In order to use art effectively as therapy, you first need to develop a solid base in studio art. Your program of studies includes an introduction to drawing and design and color theories. By actively creating works of your own, you develop imagining, reflecting, seeing, and feeling in art. By working with various media, you expand your ability to invent and experiment. You learn the processes of ceramics, painting, metals, fibers, computer graphics, printmaking, and sculpture.

You also study art history and art from other cultures, since by studying the legacy of the past you can come to better understand yourself and the work of contemporary artists. You learn to make informed artistic judgments, and to recognize the artistic relationships necessary to produce art.

As an art education/art therapy major, you also need a broad background in art education, psychology, and adaptive education. You are introduced to the adaptive and therapeutic process through courses and on-site experiences. You learn to design programs to meet the changing needs of special- needs students of all ages using the diagnostic prescriptive method. You also learn to integrate art with music, dance, and/or theater techniques in the service of groups with special needs.

The culmination of the art education/art therapy major lies in successful completion of a student teaching experience in K-12 art education and adaptive education in art, which is required by the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for licensure. Upon graduation, you are licensed as a PK-12 art educator and PK-12 adaptive art specialist.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Art Education/Art Therapy Major Beginning
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
AE-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-134Studio Art 2: 2-D Design3
A-189SForm and Space4
A-193CArt in the Professions2
AHS-210Ancient to Byzantine Art (Course offered fall term only)2
A-221Beginning Figure Drawing3
AE-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
A-234Studio Art 3: 3-D Design3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern4
AE-222Praxis and Principles3
AE-285Art Therapy2
AE-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
Praxis I/Core
PSY-110Life Span Development4
or PED-150 Human Development
Art Education/Art Therapy Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment 10
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
A-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
A-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Art Electives—Take 15 credits of 300 or 400 level Art Electives 215
AE-386Media & Methods in Art Therapy3
AE-387Adaptive Field Experience1
AE-392Art in Early Childhood & Elementary Sch4
AE-393Art in the Secondary School4
AE-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
ED-220Interview Assessment0
ED-396Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
HS-308US History 1607-19004
or HS-309 US in 20th Century
PSY-250Abnormal Psychology4
PST-329Praxis II Prep Seminar0
Praxis II
Art Education/Art Therapy Major Advanced
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment0
Art History Electives: Take 1 course2
AHS-409Modern & Contemporary Art3
A-491Senior Art Seminar1
AE-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
AE-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60
AE-482Ext Assessmnt Effective Citizenship Lev40
ED-475Student Teaching Seminar0
Direct Observ & Teaching Art/Elem Sch
and Direct Obs & Teaching Art/Secondary Sch
AE-481Directed Observ/Teaching in Art Therapy6

Take this mid-semester assessment for each semester 3, 4, 5.


3 credits must be at 400 level.

This major does not require a minor and follows the general education requirements for mega majors-not science related.