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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

FOR INFORMATION contact
Mary Lou Greene, M.F.A.
Liberal Arts Building, Office 421
Direct: 313-927-1853
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts, Art therapy (Interdisciplinary Major)


FACULTY

Mary Lou Greene, M.F.A.
Cindy Read, M.Ed., ATR-BC, SW

Art Therapy General Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS
Art Therapist in a variety of social situations, including Children’s Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Senior Centers, etc. Must have a Master’s degree to practice.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Marygrove College’s Art Department believes that an education in the visual arts, a precursor to becoming an art therapist, should consist of the development and understanding of artistic skills, associated theories of creating art, art history and the importance of building a personal aesthetic voice. An integral part of this philosophy focuses on developing within our students the dedication and desire needed to move forward in their artistic endeavors and to using those skills to help others through art therapy.

See Art section of this catalog for more information about the Visual Art Department.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
(Please review the “Special Elements” section in the ART section of this catalog for information on Visual Literacy, Computer Literacy, Writing Skills, Cooperative Education Program, Academic Performance, Transfer Students, and Senior Seminar that is applicable to the Art Therapy degree as well.)

Opportunity
Those students who are interested in internships in art therapy should see their advisors. Internships can be arranged with local organizations.

Each year, students are eligible to participate in a juried student exhibition. Awards are given for exceptional work.

Scholarships are available for incoming freshman. Please call the chair of the department and ask for a portfolio review.

Three awards are distributed annually for quality of work: Outstanding Art Student (senior standing); Suzanne Fleming IHM Award, and the Sophomore Award. Art Therapy students are eligible for these awards.

Other

Although some art and art history courses are offered in the evenings, most of the studio courses are only offered during the day.  The art therapy courses are offered at night and on weekends.

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, INTERDISCIPLINARY ART THERAPY MAJOR (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Art Therapy is an interdisciplinary major combining art and psychology. This major prepares you for the field of art therapy and fulfills the prerequisite for graduate study. A master’s degree is required for accreditation by the American Art Therapy Association (A.A.T.A.) and professional registration as an art therapist. Marygrove’s art therapy faculty members are registered art therapists (A.T.R.) through the A.A.T.A.

The Bachelor of Arts major in art therapy requires a major in Art and minor in Psychology. Art Therapy majors are advised into courses that will be appropriate for acceptance into Wayne State University’s Art Therapy certification program (two levels). As an Art major and Psychology minor, you must take the required courses and hours for a B.A. in Art and 20 hours of Psychology including general psychology, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Art Therapy major requires 44 studio hours and 20 hours of Psychology, including the completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Studio Art Requirements
ART 111 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
ART 115 Drawing: Skills and Concepts
ART 210 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 211 Introduction to Computer Graphics: Computer Imaging
ART 221 Introduction to Computer Graphics: Graphic Design
ART 215 Life Drawing I
ART 300 or 400 level courses (at least 6 additional hours)
ART 496   Senior Workshop

C. Art Therapy Requirements
ART 235  Introduction to Art Therapy
ART 237 Readings in Art Therapy I
ART 238 Readings in Art Therapy II
ART 392 Observations in Art Therapy
ART 492 Practicum in Art Therapy

D. Psychology Requirements
PSY 205 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 225 Methods in Psychology
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology
Plus 8 additional hours (total 20 hours)

E. Art History Requirements
AH 101 Looking At Art
AH 202 Wonders of World Art: Ancient to Modern
One additional Art History Course (total of 9 hours)

F. Major Interview with Portfolio must be passed after the completion of three of the core requirement courses in order for student to remain in the program as a major.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ART 235 Introduction to Art Therapy 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites; None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A course designed to orient students to the theories and practices of therapeutic uses of art in the interrelated fields of psychology and art. Residential, clinical, educational and private practice situations are explored.

ART 237 Readings in Art Therapy 3 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1,2
Readings in art therapy are selected from professional issues concerning the use of art as therapy. Five-week modules develop objectives and basic techniques for special populations. Areas covered include: aging, emotionally impaired populations, and diagnosis.

ART 238 Readings in Art Therapy II 3 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1,2
Readings in art therapy are selected from professional issues concerning the use of art as therapy. Five-week modules develop objectives and basic techniques for special populations. Areas covered include: child abuse, family/group art therapy, and grief therapy.

ART 392 Observations in Art Therapy 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 235, permission of art therapy coordinator; Term: 1, 2; summer
Observations of the practice of art therapy in a variety of professional agencies: schools, hospitals, residential and community health centers for special populations.

ART 492 Practicum in Art Therapy 2-4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 235, ART 392; permission of art therapy coordinator; Term 1, 2, summer
Guided field experience in professional public and private agencies where art therapy is practiced.

Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 205 Introductory Psychology 4 hours
General Education requirement. Prerequisites: MTH 099, LS 105, ENG 107; Term: 1, 2
An introduction to the study of psychology as a behavioral and social science. Theories, principles and empirical findings about human and animal behavior are examined. Topics include perception, motivation, learning, development, physiology, memory, social influence, psychological disorders and others. General Education option.

PSY 225 Methods in Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1
An introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline. This course teaches the student to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. It introduces the scientific method and research techniques, including correlation, experimental design, and statistical reasoning.

PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
Overview of human development and factors that influence it. Covers physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from infancy through adolescence. May include service learning.

PSY 288 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 300 Modules in Psychology 1-3 hour
Prerequisite: PSY 205. Offered as needed.
Covers selected topics designed to fit special needs and interests in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into topics which cannot be adequately or fully treated in other courses.

PSY 301 Experimental Psychology 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108, PSY 205, PSY 225, PSY 305; Term 1; alternate years
Significant aspects of experimental psychology, methods and techniques. Includes topics in memory, learning, and cognition. Laboratory included.

PSY 305 Introductory Statistics 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent; Term: 1, 2
Fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications to social sciences. May include use of statistical software.

PSY 320 Psychology of Women 3 hours
Recommended: PSY 205; Term: 2; alternate years
A review of the social construction of gender, including topics of cultural stereotyping, gender comparisons of social, cognitive, and personality characteristics, work discrimination, love relationships, societal mental health issues. Online alternate years.

PSY 321 Introduction to Life-span Psychology 4 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
A survey of principal cognitive, social and behavioral processes that operate across the lifespan. Intended for but not limited to pre-nursing students.

PSY 330 Psychology of Adjustment 3 hours
Recommended: PSY 205; Term: 1; Offered as needed
Processes involved in interaction of an individual with the environment. Includes study of theories of adjustment, stress and its effects, problems of adjustment through the life-span, techniques of adjustment, and maladaptive reactions.

PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1
Overview of the treatment and etiology of the major current diagnostic categories of psychopathology. Special attention to societal attitudes about mental illness.

PSY 343 Adolescent Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 2
Overview of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from preadolescent through late-adolescent period. Topics include family and peer relationships, identity achievement, adjustment problems, and acceptance of the adult role.

PSY 346 Aging Individual in Society 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1
Later years of human life explored mainly from the perspective of developmental psychology. Includes biological and sociological aspects, as well as areas of problems.

PSY 348 Death and Dying 3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; PSY 205; Term 1: alternate years
Discussion of death in our society and in different cultures, attitudes toward death, children & death, grief & bereavement, suicide, lethal behavior, search for immortality & other topics.

PSY 360 Social Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099, ENG 108‚ PSY 205; PSY 225 and PSY 240 recommended. Term: 2
Study of how behavior is affected by the social environment. Topics include the self, interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice, attitude change, power, altruism. Writing intensive.

PSY 365 Group Dynamics 3 hours
Prerequisite: LA 105, ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1
Group processes as they apply to task, community and organizational groups. Theories will be demonstrated by participating in dyads, small groups, and large groups in class.

PSY 388 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 390 Special Topics in Psychology 2-3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205. Offered as needed.
Various topics in psychology are offered on a rotating basis according to demand. May be elected for a maximum of six non-duplicate credit hours.

PSY 436 Clinical Perspectives: Interviewing 3 hours
Term 2, alternate years
Focus on active listening interviewing skills.

PSY 438 Psychology Practicum 2-3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, psychology major, permission of instructor
Practical application of classroom education and skills in a related field placement. Professionally supervised.

PSY 470 Learning and Memory 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108, ENG 312, PSY 205, PSY 305, junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. Term: 1, alternate years
Empirical and theoretical examination of changes in behavior based on experiences in laboratory and natural settings. Surveys theories that account for behavioral change and common experimental paradigms. Emphasis on in-class experiments and reporting using scientific writing. Writing intensive.

PSY 488 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: PSY 205, junior or senior standing, departmental approval
For intensive advanced research with specified methodology and product.

PSY 496 Department Research: Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: PSY 360, PSY 305, ENG 312‚ and PSY 301. Term: 1
Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor. May be library-research based or an original research project. Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.

Art Course Descriptions

ART 105 Introductory Studio 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: None; Term: 1 and 2
A studio introduction to art for the non-major. While theory and history are a part of the course, the emphasis is on actual studio experimentation with drawing, design and other media.

ART 111 Two-Dimensional Studio: Design and Color 4 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Foundation course for prospective majors and minors. You will explore the elements and principles of design through a series of studio experiences. Also includes study of color in its theoretical and expressive aspects.

ART 115 Drawing Studio: Skills and Concepts 4 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1; Fee: yes
An introduction to the visual arts using drawing as a primary focus for art majors and minors. With emphasis on draftsmanship and the development of visual awareness, you will be experimenting with varied media including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon.

ART 187 Ceramic Studio: Experiences for the Non-Major 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: None; Term: 1 and 2; Fee: yes
This course is designed for students with little or no art background. Basic ceramic processes, history, and problem solving involved in the production of earthenware and stoneware pottery are introduced. Students learn the major handbuilding techniques, while developing glazing and decorative skills.

ART 210 Three-Dimensional Design Studio 4 hours
Prerequisite: Art 111; Term: 1; Fee: yes
This course introduces students to the elements, principles, techniques and materials of three-dimensional design and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on developing spatial awareness through the use of a variety of materials.

ART 211 Introduction to Computer Graphics: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Art 111; Term: 1; Fee: yes
An introduction to the production and modification of computer-aided images. Techniques associated with drawing, painting, patterning and image manipulation will be explored using computer software.

ART 215 Life Drawing Studio: I 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 115 or equivalent; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Foundation course in drawing the human figure in a representational and imaginative manner. Continued skill development in the use of pencill, charcoal and mixed media.

ART 221 Introduction to Computer Graphics: Graphic Design 2 hours
Prerequisites: Art 111; Term: 2; Fee: yes

Introduction to the use of computers in the field of graphic design. Basic concepts, skills and applications will be explored, as well as skills and design principles in layout, typography and image production.

ART 248 Problems Studio: I 2-4 hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor AND completion of a beginning level course in the specific area; Fee: yes
Concentration in a specific medium related to one of the core courses. Student meets with the class working in that medium.

      A. Drawing        D. Crafts           G. Photography
      B. Design           E. Painting
      C. Printmaking   F. Ceramics 

ART 271 Introduction to Digital 3-D 4 hours
This course is an introduction to Video Game Design. This course examines the history of Video Games; how we got here. The course explores the basics for the development of 3-D graphics and animation, while keeping in mind and discussing future trends in the Video Game industry. The Video Game industry is the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market and an excellent choice for a creative career, with plenty of opportunity for advancement.

ART 276 Photography Studio: I 4 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Introductory course in digital photography. Includes historical, visual and technical aspects of digital photography, digital editing and manipulation. Digital camera required.

ART 276 Video and Animation 4 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Introductory course in digital video and animation. Includes information on shooting video and editing using iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Digital video camera is encouraged, but students may rent one from the instructor of the course.

ART 287 Ceramics Studio: Handbuilding 4 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Introduction to the basic ceramic processes and history of ceramic art. Students explore the major handbuilding techniques used in the production of earthenware and stoneware pottery, as well as other clay forms. Students also develop glazing and decorative skills.

ART 300 Special Topics 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term 2; Fee: yes
Courses will vary and will rotate over the years. Courses offered may include Poetry and Performance, Alternative Darkroom Techniques, Crafts, etc.

ART 315 Life Drawing Studio: II 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 215; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Continued exploration in rendering the human figure. More emphasis is placed on media exploration and extension.

ART 321 Design for Visual Communication Studio 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 115 or equivalent, ART 211/221; Term: 1; Fee: yes
Key concepts and processes of graphic design explored through a broad range of digital software and drawing skills. Includes imaginative uses of typography, information design, print and electronic forms of communication media.

ART 325 Life Drawing Studio: III 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 315; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Further investigation of approaches to drawing the human form through more individualized instruction.

ART 343 Printmaking Studio: Process 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 115, ART 111 or equivalent; Fee: yes
Introduction to the major methods of printmaking-relief, intaglio, planographic processes and investigations of specific qualities of each process for creative expression. For art majors, teachers, art therapists and recreational directors.

ART 348 Problems Studio: II 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor AND completion of a beginning level course in the specific area; Fee: yes
Concentration in special media relating to courses on a 300 level. Students explore additional techniques, pro­cesses and media. Students are expected to produce work of advanced quality and meet with the class working in that medium.

      A. Drawing        D. Crafts           G. Photography
      B. Design           E. Painting
      C. Printmaking   F. Ceramics 

ART 352 Painting Studio: I  4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 115, ART 111; Recommended: ART 215; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Introduction to basic painting techniques, materials and processes. Emphasis is placed on image formation, paint qualities and color concepts. Media includes oils, acrylics and/or watercolor.

ART 362 Painting Studio: II 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 352; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Emphasis is placed on more individualized experimentation and conceptual focus.

ART 371 Digital 3-D Modeling 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 111, ART 115, ART 271
This first level Video Game Design course titled Digital 3-D Modeling, covers basic vocabulary of a digital modeling system, as it applies to the development of models for digital environments. This course begins with an overview of several production pipelines, and review of popular schemas with the consideration of campus-available-technologies, and trends in the industry.

ART 376 Photography Studio: II 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 276 or permission of instructor; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yesIntroductory course in traditional black and white, film-based  photography. Course includes historical, visual and technical aspects of film-based photography, darkroom developing and printing.

ART 387 Ceramics Studio: Wheel-Thrown Pottery  4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 287; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A continuation of ART 287 with special emphasis on wheel-thrown pottery forms. Students learn to use the potters’ wheel to produce ceramic forms, while increasing their knowledge of glazes, glazing and decorative skills.

ART 388 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 hours
Prerequisite: By arrangement with department; Term: 1, 2, summer
Part-time work experience for majors in activity related to specialization.

ART 411 Computer Graphics Studio: Illustration 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Study of illustration concepts, techniques and adaptations using the computer as the primary medium.

ART 415 Life Drawing Studio: IV 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 325; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Advanced creative study of the figure.

ART 421 Graphic Design Studio: Media 4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 321 or equivalent; Term: 1; Fee: yes
Advanced exploration of media associated with advertising and other forms of communications design. Development of design skills with an in-depth look at typography, digital imaging, and process from conception to produc­tion in a variety of print and digital media.

ART 422 Graphics Studio: Web Design and Digital Media 4 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Exploration of the unique design issues for digital non-print mediums: web sites, CD ROM, etc. Typography, identity, composition, animation graphics, information management and navigation are integral to this area of study. Computer applications include Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop among others.

ART 443 Printmaking Studio: Woodcut  4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 111, ART 115; Fee: yes
Introduction to a variety of relief printmaking processes with emphasis on woodcut. Traditional and experimental techniques will be examined.

ART 448 Problems Studio: III  2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor; Term: 1, 2, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated work in one of the major media of drawing, painting, graphics, ceramics, printmaking or design This is in connection with a course taught in the same area. Students are expected to produce work of advanced quality and meet with the class working in that medium

      A. Drawing        D. Crafts           G. Photography
      B. Design           E. Painting
      C. Printmaking   F. Ceramics 

ART 450 Guided Field Experience 2-4 hours
Prerequisite: Prior application; Term: 1
By arrangement with the Department, students may earn credit for on-the-job experience or apprenticeship related to major. Submission of evaluations by work supervisor and by student at course conclusion.

ART 453 Printmaking Studio: Silkscreen 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 111, ART 115 or equivalent; Fee: yes
Introduction to Silkscreen printmaking processes with emphasis on direct and indirect techniques, including tusche and litho crayon, cut stencils and photo-film.

ART 462 Painting Studio: III  4 hours
Prerequisite: ART 362; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Advanced projects in painting for development of individual techniques and concepts.

ART 471 Digital 3-D Character Development for Animation 4 hours
Prerequisites: ART 371
This second-level Video Game Design course will expand both vocabulary and concepts of digital development, but identify how certain skills differentiate a character designer, from environmental modeling and design. Beginning with a review of the development process, concept, design style, and technical considerations, the student will refine their techniques for character development for animation production.

ART 472 Digital 3-D Lighting and Texture 4hours
Prerequisites: ART 371
This second-level Video Game Design course concentrates skills on modeling surface through texture as well as lighting environments. Explores light quality, soft-diffused, hardharsh and the effect of close vs distant light on a subject, and the illusion of detail through material design. Students will experience digital light modeling and texture principles for environments. This course gives you the opportunity to apply emotion and atmosphere that push visuals beyond photo realistic, to fantasy, dwelling design, and character enhancement.

ART 487 Advanced Ceramics Studio 4hours
Prerequisites: ART 287, ART 387; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Advanced work in solving complex problems in ceramic design and sculpture. Allows students to build upon their knowledge gained in ART 287 and ART 387. Emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and kiln operation, while increasing knowledge of the role of ceramics in contemporary art.

ART 491 Independent Studio Study 1-6 hours
Prerequisites: At least two courses in area selected, permission of director prior to registration; Term: 1
Advanced work in area of special competence. This is only available to Junior or Senior level students and must be approved by the chosen faculty and department chair prior to registration.

ART 496 Senior Workshop 3 hours
Prerequisite: Senior art standing and Eng 312, Term: 1; Fee: yes
Overview of practical skills/information useful to the professional artist. Skills developments include portfolio and resume development, exhibiting procedures, available resource materials and organizations. Students will culminate this experience with the presentation with the graduation exhibit or portfolios presentation. A Y grade will be issued for this course until the graduation exhibition or portfolio presentation.

ART HISTORY (AH)

AH 101 Looking at Art 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: None; Terms 1, 2
This course is planned to develop an understanding of the creative process and the many different forms of expression in art. The purpose is to increase the students’ enjoyment of art by helping them learn to see and respond.

AH 202 Wonders of World Art: Ancient to Modern  3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: None; Term 1
A survey of Western art beginning with the Renaissance in Italy to modern Europe, including African and Oriental art as it influenced the west. Emphasizes characteristics and innovations in art as influenced by the society that created them.

AH 350 Black Art 3 hours
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, ENG 108
History, influences and directions in the 20th/21st century of international black art and artists.

AH 355 History of Women Artists 3 hours
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, ENG 108
Women artists have made significant contributions to the visual arts from the middle ages to the present day. The history of their struggle is representative of the historical role of women in a male-dominated western society. Artists to be covered include from beginnings of art through contemporary cultures.

AH 370 20th/21st Century Art 3 hours
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, ENG 108
Changes in the relationship between the artist and nature resulted in new forms of expression and determined the course of art in the 20th/21st and 21st  century. Emphasis on art from 1917-present. Writing-intensive course.

AH 491 Independent Study 2-4 hours
Prerequisites: Minimum of three art history courses, permission of instructor; Term: 1, 2
By arrangement prior to registration, directed in-depth study of topics based upon broader area departmental courses. Must have chosen faculty and department chair permission prior to registration.

AH 495 Directed Research 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Minimum of three art history courses, permission of instructor, Term: 1, 2
By arrangement prior to registration. Individual reading and research in areas not covered by departmental courses.

AIE 344/544 Arts Infused Education (AIE)  3 hours
Prerequisites: None; Terms 1
This course is a hands-on experience in 4 art forms (music, drama, dance, and visual arts) and how to integrate the arts into the teaching of core curriculum. Students will tap into their own creativity while understanding the diverse ways in which people learn. Students will be introduced to reflective practice and its application.