Art Therapy Minor

The Visual Arts program and the Psychology department work in tandem to offer a minor in Art Therapy. The minor encourages breadth of exploration while providing students with a foundation to prepare them for continued study or to work in community arts programs and organizations where art is used as part of the therapeutic or recreational process. The minor meets the American Art Therapy Association's basic requirements for entrance into their approved graduate programs by requiring 18 studio art credits and 13 psychology credits.

Art therapists are masters- or doctorate-level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Graduate study in Art Therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual arts, counseling, and psychotherapy. If the student wishes to go to graduate school in art therapy, they are advised to consult the graduate bulletin of the institution they wish to attend for institution specific entrance requirements. 

Grading Policy

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses for the minor. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted.

12 credit hours of the Art Therapy Minor may be applied to a Psychology or Visual Arts Major, making it 21 additional credits to complete the minor.


Course Requirements:
PSY 101Principles of Psychology3
PSY 221Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
PSY 251Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 302Research Methods in Psychology 14
or PSY 303 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
18 hours from the following in 3 or more media 218
Two Dimensional Design
Three Dimensional Design
Drawing 1
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Painting
Photography I
Introduction to Digital Media
Life Drawing
Screen Printing
Sculpture I
Total Hours31

Based on admission requirements for the specific graduate programs. 


Up to 4 hours of studio art transfer credit may be accepted.