Art Therapy (Bachelor's)

Major

The Art Therapy program introduces concepts for one of the newest specializations within the helping professions. Designed to prepare students to pursue a master's degree in order to meet the requirements for entry into the field of art therapy and credentialing, the interdisciplinary curriculum integrates knowledge of the visual arts, human development, psychological theories and counseling techniques.

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BA in Art Therapy

As the only university in Maryland offering Art Therapy degree programs, Notre Dame allows you to earn a bachelor's degree in art therapy and the opportunity to begin master's degree training during senior year of study.

Faculty

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art therapy major. Consult with an advisor in making academic plans as many courses are offered on alternating years.

Fall Spring

First Year

NDMU 100 - Perspectives in Education

4

ART 121 - Art History/Renaissance to 1950s

3

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

4

MAT 215 - Basic Statistics (prereq to PSY 210)*

3

Art 101 - Drawing I

3

ART 162 - Digital Photography

3

ART 142 - Painting I

3

Literature Requirement*

3

ENG 101 - College Writing*

3

Foreign Lang (103 or higher)* / 9 cr of Foreign Lang

3

[17 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Second Year

PSY 210 - Research

4

PSY 207 - Pyschopathology

3

PSY 205 - Theories of Personality

3

ATP 201 - Introduction to Art Therapy

3

ART 103 - Three-Diminsional Art or
ART 102 - Color and Design

3

PSY 233 - Human Development

3

100/200 Level Philosophy*

3

Natural Sciences Requirement*

3 or 4

200 Level Religious Studies*

3

ART 247 - Ceramics or
ART 2XX Mix Media

3

[16 credits]

 

[15/16 credits]

 

Third Year

PSY 306 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling

4

PSY 409 - Psychometrics

3

ATP 310 - Art Therapy: Theory and Practice

3

ART 2XX - (Mixed Media) or
ART 247 - Ceramics

3

300 (or 400) Philosophy (w/Values designation)*

3

ART 330 - Theory: Crit & Contempo Art

3

History Requirement*

3

300 (or 400) Religious Studies (w/Values designation)*

3

Physical Education*

1

Oral Communication Requirement*

1

ART 102 Color and Design or
ART 103 Three-dimensional Art

3

General Elective

3

[16 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

Fourth Year

Cross-Cultural Requirement*

3

ATH 470 Practicum in Art Therapy

4

Gender Requirement*

3

Studio Art Elective (from select list)

3

General Elective

3

General Elective

6

General Elective

3

ART 440 Senior Seminar

3

Studio Art Elective (from select list)

3

   

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

Must select TWO elective at the advanced level in painting, drawing or photography:
ART-201 Drawing II (offered ODD years Fall)
ART-202 Painting II (offered ODD years Fall)
ART-301 Drawing III (offered Spring)
ART-302 Painting III (offered Spring)
ART-321 Life Drawing I (offered every other Spring)
ART-421 Life Drawing II (offered every other Spring)
ART-363 Color Photography (offered Fall every 3rd year)
ART-364 Studio Photography (offered Spring every 3rd year)

* Some courses meet more than one general education requirement.

Note: Depending on the level of foreign language proficiency, three to nine credits are required.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise. Internships and practica provide opportunities to apply learning beyond the classroom to real world experiences.

Alum
Nia Willis
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Awareness of the World Around You

Alum, NDMU Class of 2019 Art Therapy (Bachelor's)

"Before coming to NDMU, I never really noticed how much being aware of your world (socially, politically, environmentally, etc.) impacts each individual. As a future art therapist, knowing how various aspects of our world intersect will aid in the service and care that I give to patients and clients." What's Next: NDMU - Gradate School Art Therapy

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Research & Internship Opportunities

Through a senior-level practicum, you will have an opportunity to gain experience and apply classroom learning under the supervision of licensed arttherapist.

Art Therapy Careers

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches lives through a combination of active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a pyschotherapeutic relationship.

Master's degreed, credentialed art therapists can work in a variety of settings:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Veteran's Clinics
  • Private Practice
  • Psychiatric & Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Community based settings
  • Senior Communities

With your bachelor's degree in art therapy you might consider interim work in the following areas

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