The Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy program is an exciting choice for students seeking a career in Art Therapy or related fields. This program blends a solid curriculum in the Studio Arts with Psychology, as well as course options in Criminal Justice, and social work. Together these prepare students for graduate study in Art Therapy to become licensed Art Therapists as well as other related post-graduate fields and careers that blend the arts and helping people
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:
- Have advanced skills in one or more of the studio art disciplines. Students shall gain experience using a variety of art materials and processes and develop a portfolio demonstrating competence with art materials.
- Have knowledge of the basic principles of sociology and cultural anthropology, including understanding of social conflict, group dynamics, the relationship of culture to the development of personality, and ethnic and multicultural issues and influences.
- Have knowledge of the basic principles of general psychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology, with additional studies suggested in such areas as educational, clinical, experimental, and social psychology, child and adolescent psychology, disabilities, and family systems.
- Be working under supervision as a volunteer in agencies serving individuals with various disabilities and in settings associated with the development of creative expression, participating in field experiences associated with foundational art therapy courses, studying the history and theory of art therapy, or engaging the process of adapting and applying of studio techniques to art therapy.
Adapted from the NASAD Handbook, 2019/2020 - Essential Competencies, Experiences, and Opportunities
The Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Art Therapy requires 120 credit hours:
- 71 credit hours in Major Required Courses
- 36-37 credit hours of Franciscan Core Courses
- 9 hours in Concentration Courses
- 12 -13 credit hours in elective courses as needed