Art Therapy (major)

What you will study 

In order to use art effectively while working with others, you first need to develop a solid basis in studio art. Through creating works of your own, you develop abilities in imagining, reflecting, seeing, and feeling in art. Your ability to invent, experiment, and elaborate expands through your experience with various media.   

You also study art history and art from other cultures, since studying art and artmaking across time and cultures helps you better understand your own work and the work of others. Through reflecting on various aesthetic  models, you learn to make valid artistic judgments, to recognize the artistic relationships necessary to produce art, and to appreciate the experience of artmaking as an expression of personal growth and wellness.

You are introduced to the theory and practice of art therapy, psychology, and creative art processes through courses and on-site experiences that are designed to address a variety of participant populations and settings. You explore the various creative/ expressive art therapies and the ways in which they can be applied in various contexts. You gain a foundation in psychological understanding through a broad sample of coursework in the field as well as introductory experience with behavioral science research.

The culmination of your undergraduate study of art therapy  lies in your successful completion of a practicum and the senior art seminar/exhibit.   With this foundation of knowledge in multiple areas of study, you are prepared for work as a creative arts facilitator while also being well positioned to apply for graduate study if you choose to continue your education.

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 Therapy Major Beginning
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester 10
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
AT-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-1342-D Design3
A-189SForm and Space4
A-193CArt in the Professions2
AHS-210Ancient to Byzantine Art2
AT-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
A-2343-D Design3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern Art4
A-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
AT-210Art Therapy Field Experience 11
AT-285Art Therapy3
AT-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
PSY-110Life Span Development4
Art Therapy Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester 10
DA-115Fundamentals of Voice & Movement2
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
A-221Beginning Figure Drawing3
AT-215Art Therapy Field Experience 21
A-310Art History 4/20th Century2
Art History Elective2
A-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Art Electives—Take 12 credits of 300 or 400 level Art Electives12
AT-386Media & Methods in Art Therapy4
AT-387Adaptive Field Experience1
AT-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
BSC-255Behavioral Science Research Methods4
AT-482Ext Assessmnt Effective Citizenship Lev40
PSY-250Abnormal Psychology4
Art Therapy Major Advanced
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester 10
AT-396Art Therapy & Practical Application3
AHS-409Modern & Contemporary Art3
A-491Senior Art Seminar1
A-492Expressive Arts Seminar3
AT-410Art Therapy Field Experience 41
AT-485Practicum in Art Therapy4
AT-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
AT-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60
PSY Electives: Take 8 credits of upper level PSY electives8

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