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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.