Art Therapy Co-Major

An art therapist conducts a session with a patient in a hospital bed

Description

The primary goal of the co-major is to prepare students interested in pursuing a career in art therapy to apply to art therapy graduate programs.

Art therapy uses the art process and the therapeutic relationship between the client and art therapist to process trauma, enhance self-esteem, improve relational abilities, decrease anxiety/depression, and increase an overall enhanced sense of well-being. Students who pursue and complete a master’s degree in art therapy will be eligible for mental health licensure in their state, which grants the ability then to have four broad career opportunities (Art Therapist, Art Educator*, Counselor, and Artist).

The art therapy co-major builds upon the minor and the foundation of three lateral, human-centered perspectives significant to the field of art therapy: art studio, art education, and psychology. Students will explore connections between art production, methods of facilitating art experiences with people across the lifespan, and an understanding of human behaviors. The co-major curriculum provides students with an interest in art therapy additional skills and competencies from more in depth coursework.

*Check state licensure requirements for public school contexts.

Admission

Students must be currently enrolled in and complete another major at Miami University; the co-major complements the primary major. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the designation of their primary major.

A minimum overall 2.0 GPA is required for courses in the minor or co-major. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (not credit/no credit).

Program requirements

36-37 credit hours total

Advanced coursework in both a 2D studio area and 3D studio area is required.

Co-Major Course Requirements