Art Therapy

The Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College offers a modern comprehensive program in Art Therapy within a vibrant liberal arts college curriculum. Art Therapy is a new, exciting career that offers a challenging opportunity to combine creativity, psychology and compassionate service. The Art Therapy curriculum is balanced between art courses, psychology, and human services courses, and includes two courses in art therapy, theory and methods, two Art Therapy internships and two senior capstone courses. The two consecutive Art Therapy courses taken in the junior year are comprised of experiential and didactic components. The required internships also take place in the junior year. The art therapy program prepares undergraduate students for the Master's degree program in Art Therapy and Art Therapy licensing through the American Art Therapy Association. Graduate Study Articulation Agreement: Anna Maria College B.A. Art Therapy with Springfield College, M.S. Art Therapy Counseling Anna Maria College has developed and maintains a specific articulation agreement with Springfield College, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Springfield, MA. After successful completion of the Department of Art & Design’s B.A. in Art Therapy and meeting specific criteria, detailed in the agreement (for details, contact the Department of Art & Design, Anna Maria College), the student qualifies for admission to Springfield College’s M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling.

Upon completion of a BA in Art Therapy, students will gain:

  • Functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing
  • Perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field(s)
  • Familiarity with the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions of their field(s)
  • The ability to analyze works of art/design perceptively and to evaluate them critically
  • An understanding of the common elements and vocabulary of art/design and of the interaction of these elements, and be able to employ this knowledge in analysis
  • The ability to place works of art/design in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts
  • Working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization
  • The ability to work independently on a variety of art and/or design problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in studio, analysis, history, and technology
  • 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. Such a portfolio is required to apply for admission to graduate degree programs in art therapy
  • 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
  • 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
  • The ability to evaluate their future interest as an art therapist based upon experiences with individuals having a range of needs, interests, and challenges