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.
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
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.