Art Therapy Major

For information, contact Rebecca Arnold. rarnold@cedarcrest.edu 610-606-4666 ext.3505

Program Description

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that engages the client in the creation of art work. The Art Therapy Major at the undergraduate level introduces the student to theories in art therapy and develops the student’s technical skills in multiple studio mediums. The Art Therapy undergraduate major prepares students to pursue graduate studies in the field of Art Therapy.

The Art Therapy Major is offered as a day or evening program. Students must receive a C or better on all courses related to the major.

Students transferring into the Art Therapy Major from another institution may not transfer more than 18 credits toward the Cedar Crest Art Major.

Portfolio Reviews are held once each semester, in the fall and spring, for students with an Art Therapy Major. Students present a portfolio of current work created in their studio courses. The purpose of the portfolio review is to provide the student with feedback on the progress of their work and to suggest potential directions the work may take as well as to serve as an assessment tool for the Art Department. Students will need two portfolio reviews to complete the requirements for the Art Therapy Major. Transfer students must have a portfolio review the first semester they matriculate.

Mission Statement

The Art Therapy Major at Cedar Crest College provides a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that fosters respect for each person and empowerment of the individual through relationship building, leadership development, civic engagement, global connectivity and health and wellness initiatives. Coursework inspires social awareness, community advocacy, and prepares students to be compassionate leaders using the healing potential of the arts. The Art Therapy Major supports and enhances the Cedar Crest College mission by way of program curriculum and leadership experiences that challenge the student to engage in principles and practice that prepares the student to communicate independent ideas formed by historical, cultural and theoretical concepts

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR:

Foundations:
ART 101: Beginning Drawing 3 credits
ART 110: Principles of Visual Organization 3 credits
ART 105: Art History I 3 credits
ART 106: Art History II 3 credits
ART 129/229/134 Computer Software Series 3 credits
Choose 3: Art 129: InDesign I, ART 229 InDesign II, ART 134 Photoshop I

Four studio electives (choose 2D and 3D offerings)
ART 111: Printed Image (2D) 3 credits
ART 113: Illustration (2D) 3 credits
ART 123: Painting (2D) 3 credits
ART 124: Papermaking (2D) 3 credits
ART 125: Jewelry & Metalsmithing (3D) 3 credits
ART 127: Sculpture (3D) 3 credits
ART 131: Ceramics (3D) 3 credits
ART 139: Book Arts (2D) 3 credits

Art Therapy Courses:
ART 103: Introduction to Art Therapy 3 credits
ART 203: Applications in Art Therapy (pre-requisite: ART 103) 3 credits
ART 403: Art Therapy Practicum/Internship (Sr. year spring only) (pre-requisites: ART 103, 203) 3 credits

Psychology Courses:
PSY 100: General Psychology 3 credits
PSY 250: Life Span 3 credits
PSY 309: Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 351: Personality 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 48 credits

The Art Department highly recommends upper level studio courses as general electives to supplement your portfolio for entrance into a Masters program. The department also recommends the following Art History, Psychology, English and Writing electives:

ART 200: Modern Art: 1800-1945 (fall)

ART 201: Contemporary Art: 1945-present (spring)

ART 215: Selected Movements in Art

ART 220: Women Artists (spring)

PSY 316: Systems of Psychotherapy

PSY 230: Team Building and Group Dynamics

PSY 242: Child and Adolescent Psychology

PSY 315: Child Counseling
PSY 227: Principles of Helping Relationships
ENG 234: Creative Writing: Poetry

SPS 171: Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style

College Wide Requirements:

Students fulfill the embedded requirements for the Art Therapy Major as follows:

  • Oral Presentation requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of one upper level art history course, (ART 206, ART 208 or ART 209) and portfolio reviews
  • Technology requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of three computer software series workshops (ART 129, 229 InDesign I, II; ART 134 Photoshop)
  • Information Literacy requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of the art history requirements (ART 105, ART 106) and Art Therapy courses(ART2 103, 203, 403)

All other college-wide requirements can be satisfied by the student’s choice with the final approval of the Registrar’s office through a graduation audit. Courses are identified in the catalog with their college-wide designations. In regard to the ML requirement the Art department recommends Math 102.

Art Therapy Major:  Student Learning Outcomes

  • Examine art therapy theory and practice to provide historical and contemporary context for the understanding of the profession and diversity of cultural ideologies.     
  • Articulate the role of the art therapist in the therapeutic context as it relates to the impact on individuals in treatment.  
  • Demonstrate civic awareness and outreach through art-based practicum and community art projects.  
  • Develop creative and academic language related to the value of creativity on the cultivation of an artistic identity and the potential for the holistic health of an individual.  
  • Develop confidence that builds innovative leaders by developing a sense of self through unique artistic expression, creative problem solving, and independent thinking.
  • Identify studio applications related to personal studio expression and analysis of art historical viewpoints.
  • Identify psychological theories as integral components to the field of art therapy.