Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Pre-Art Therapy BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy program is a viable option for students seeking a career in Art Therapy. Registered art therapists must earn a master’s degree, and this program meets the requirements for admission to graduate art therapy programs. This program blends a solid curriculum in the Studio Arts with courses in Psychology and Social work. Together these prepare students for graduate study in Art Therapy as well as other related post-graduate fields.


The Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy program offers three concentrations:

  • Concentration in 2/D
  • Concentration in 3/D
  • Concentration in Photography

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Bachelor of Art in Pre-Art Therapy must:

  • Demonstrate technical skills in studio area of concentration.
  • Achieve basic visual communication and expression in one or more media.
  • Utilize the principles of visual art and design.
  • Make workable connections between concept and media.
  • Recognize and respect individual differences and differences in culture, race/ ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation and work effectively in multicultural and pluralistic social contexts.
  • Develop a theoretical foundation in cognitive and developmental psychology; and learning, behavior, and social-emotional problems and strengths.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of psychological and educational prevention and intervention programs that promote cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional growth of children and families.
  • Explore psychological and educational research and evaluation programs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and develop expertise in their chosen concentration.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy requires 120 credit hours:

  • 58 credit hours in Major Required Courses
  • 46-49 credit hours of general education courses
  • 9 hours in Concentration Courses
  • 5-7 credit hours in elective courses as needed

Program of Studies

Bachelor of Arts Pre-Art Therapy

  • Major required courses, 58 credit hours: ART 106, ART 107, ART 108, ART 145, ART 218, ART 245, ART 246, ART 330, ART 351, PSYC 232, PSYC 286, PSYC 325, PSYC 339, PSYC 441, and PSYC 385
    • 3 credit hours from the following: SOCW 250 or COMM 250
    • Art History requirement, 6 credit hours: ART 109 or ART 110, ART 345
    • 2/D Requirement, 3 credit hours from any of the following: ART 180, ART 218-222, ART 280, ART 301-305, ART 307, ART 360, ART 420, ART 421-425, ART 460
    • 3/D Requirement, 3 credit hours, from any of the following: ART 210, ART 211-215, ART 352-356, ART 362, ART 363-367, ART 370, ART 371-375
  • Concentration, 9 credit hours:
    • 2/D: ART 219-222, ART 420-425, ART 301-305, ART 307
    • 3/D: ART 362-367, ART 352-356, ART 370-375
    • Photography: ART 180, ART 280-285, ART 360, ART 460
  • General education, 46-49 credit hours with directed courses including PSYC 286, PSYC 121, ART 207 and ART 498
  • Electives, 5-7 credit hours as needed

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy Program must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy Program complete a sophomore portfolio review.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy Program complete a senior portfolio review.