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 an exciting career field 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:

  • Working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization. Familiarity with the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions of their field(s).
  • Perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and the technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field(s). The ability to perceptively analyze works of art and design and to critically evaluate its quality.
  • The ability to understand the historical and cultural context of art and design.
  • To work independently on a variety of art and design projects. The ability to conceptualize, research, and produce an independent project.
  • Experience using a variety of art materials and processes, and develop a portfolio demonstrating competence. A portfolio demonstrating competence is a requirement for the application to graduate degree programs in Art Therapy.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of sociology, and cultural anthropology, including the understanding of social conflict, group dynamics, the relationship of culture to the development of personality, and ethnic and multi-cultural issues, and it context.
  • Knowledge of Basic principles of general psychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology, with additional coursework in educational, clinical, experimental, and social psychology, and child/adolescence psychology, developmental disabilities, and family systems.
  • Demonstrate functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements and its application in drawing, two-dimensions and three-dimensions, color theory, and digital arts.