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/Design Midsemester0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
AE-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-1342-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-2343-D Design3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern Art4
AE-222Principles of Art Education3
AE-285Art Therapy3
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/Design Midsemester 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/Design Midsemester0
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

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

The Course Sequence should be used for planning purposes only.  All official graduation  requirements are listed on the Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
First Semester Seminar
or Liberal Learning for Transfer Student
A-189S Form and Space 4
AE-130 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 1 0
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
A-193C Art in the Professions 2
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-121 Analytic Drawing (Offered spring term only) 3
AE-230 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 2 0
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
AE-222 Principles of Art Education 3
Second Year
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-122 Expressive Drawing (Offered fall semester only) 3
AE-330 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 3 0
A-210 Ancient to Byzantine Art (Offered fall semester only) 2
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
A-134 2-D Design (Offered fall semester only) 3
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
PED-150 Human Development 4
PRAXIS I or qualifying ACT score  
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-234 3-D Design (Offered spring semester only) 3
A-241 Art History 2/Renaissance (Offered spring semester only) 2
AE-392 Art in Early Childhood & Elementary Sch 4
ED-220 Interview Assessment 0
A-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
AE-285 Art Therapy (Offered spring semester only) 3
AE-395 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 4 0
Third Year
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives (300 level) 6
A-309 Offered fall semester only 2
AE-386 Media & Methods in Art Therapy 3
AE-387 Adaptive Field Experience 1
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
AE-482 Ext Assessmnt Effective Citizenship Lev4 0
PST-329 Praxis II Prep Seminar 0
US in 20th Century
or US History 1607-1900
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives (300 level) 3
A-310 Art History 4/20th Century (Offered spring semester only) 2
A-221 Beginning Figure Drawing 3
ED-396 Introduction to Exceptional Learner (Offered spring semester only) 3
A-492 Expressive Arts Seminar (Offered spring semester only) 3
A-409 Modern to Contemporary Art 3
Fourth Year
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives (300-400 level) 6
AE-393 Art in the Secondary School 4
Natural Science/Math general education course with lab 4
AE-400 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 5 0
AE-480L Direct Observ & Teaching Art/Elem Sch 6
AE-480S Direct Obs & Teaching Art/Secondary Sch 6
ED-475 Student Teaching Seminar 0
Fifth Year
A-147 Grant Writing for Artists & Educators 1
A-491 Senior Art Seminar 1
PSY-250 Abnormal Psychology 4
AE-481 Directed Observ/Teaching in Art Therapy 6
AE-450 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 6 0
 Total Credits134