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 licensure, the interdisciplinary curriculum integrates knowledge of the visual arts, human development, psychological theories and counseling techniques.

students working on art projects

Program Locations

BA/MA in Art Therapy Pathway 

As the only university in Maryland offering Art Therapy degree programs, Notre Dame allows you to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree while meeting all of the necessary requirements to pursue licensure through our BA/MA in Art Therapy Pathway.

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 - First Year Seminar*

3

ART 121 - Art History/Renaissance to 1950s

3

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

4

MAT 215 - Basic Statistics*

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 Language Requirement (103 or higher)* / 9 total FL credits

3

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Second Year

PSY 210 - Research Methods

4

PSY 207 - Pyschopathology

3

PSY 205 - Theories of Personality

3

ATP 201 - Introduction to Art Therapy

3

ART 103 - 3-D Design

3

PSY 233 - Human Growth and Development

3

200 Level Philosophy*

3

Natural Sciences Requirement*

3-4

200 Level Religious Studies*

3

ART 247 - Ceramics (must take at a consortium school)

3

[16 credits]   [15-16 credits]  
Third Year

PSY 306 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling

3

PSY 409 - Psychometrics (spring, even years)

4

ATP 310 - Art Therapy: Theory and Practice

3

ART 2XX - Mixed Media (every other spring)

3

300-400 Level Philosophy (with values designation)*

3

ART 330 - Theory, Criticism and Contemporary Art

3

History Requirement

3

300-400 Level Religious Studies (with values designation)*

3

Physical Education

1

Oral Communication Requirement*

3

[13 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

Fourth Year

Cross-Cultural Requirement*

3

ATP 4XX - Practicum in Art Therapy

4

Gender Requirement*

3

General Elective

3

General Elective

3

General Elective

3

General Elective 3 Studio Art Elective (from select list) 3
Studio Art Elective (from select list) 3 [13 credits]  

[15 credits]

 

 

 

* 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.

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 clinicians.

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.

Licensed art therapists can work in a variety of settings:

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