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Art Therapy

At Miami, Art Therapy minors can

  • gain knowledge of the origins and applications of art therapy
  • combine lateral human-centered perspectives of art studio, art education, and psychology
  • learn from experiences of professional art therapists currently working in the field
  • explore the continuum of therapeutic artmaking and art psychotherapy
  • prepare to apply for the required graduate work in art therapy to practice professionally
  • strengthen and diversify your portfolio tailored to applying for graduate school
  • acquire a deeper meaning of the creative process and its relation to traditional therapy

Description

This minor is for students interested in learning more about the field of art therapy; in some cases the minor may prepare students to apply to art therapy graduate programs. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to process trauma, enhance self-esteem, decrease anxiety and depression, and increase an overall enhanced sense of well-being. Once obtaining a master’s degree in art therapy, students will be eligible for mental health licensure in their state, which grants them the ability to have four broad career opportunities (Art Therapist, Art Educator*, Counselor, and Artist).

The art therapy minor builds on the foundation of three lateral human-centered perspectives significant to the field of art therapy: art studio, art education, and psychology.

Introduction to Art Therapy will tie the courses together through experiential artmaking, foundational readings, and discussions with therapists currently practicing in the field. Students will be exposed, through lecture and hands-on work, to the creative process as a form of visual expression, the therapeutic aspects of image making, and various theories of psychotherapy. Students will also gain knowledge of various graduate programs and be able to begin developing a portfolio tailored to graduate schools in art therapy, under the advisement of a practicing art therapist.

The minor encourages breadth of exploration and offers separate tracks for Art majors, Psychology majors, and majors other than Art or Psychology.

*Check state licensure requirements for public school contexts.

Admission

A minimum 2.50 GPA is required for admittance to the minor and is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).

Program requirements

18–19 credit hours total

Take each of these courses (9-10 hrs)

ART 194 Introduction to Art Therapy (3)
ART 195 Introduction to Art Education (3)
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 112 Foundational Experiences in Psychology (1)*

*If PSY 111 is taken at Miami University, PSY 112 is a co-requisite. PSY 112 is required for PSY majors.

Complete minor courses based on major (9 hrs)

Art Majors

Required courses:

PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology

Select ONE of the following:

PSY 210 Psychology Across Cultures
PSY 241 Personality
PSY 251 Introduction to Biopsychology
PSY 271 Survey of Perception, Action, and Cognition

Psychology Majors

Select ONE of the following Art Studio courses:

ART 111 Design and Composition
ART 121 Observational Drawing

Select ONE of the following 2D Studio courses:

ART 231 Painting I
ART 241 Printmaking I
ART 255 Introduction to Digital Imaging
ART 257 Photography

Select ONE of the following 3D Studio courses:

ART 261 Ceramics I
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals I
ART 271 Sculpture I

Majors outside of Art or Psychology

Select ONE of the following:

PSY 210 Psychology Across Cultures
PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
PSY 241 Personality
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 251 Introduction to Biopsychology
PSY 271 Survey of Perception, Action, and Cognition

Select ONE of the following:

ART 111 Design and Composition
ART 121 Observational Drawing

Select ONE of the following Art Studio courses:

ART 231 Painting I
ART 241 Printmaking I
ART 255 Introduction to Digital Imaging
ART 257 Photography
ART 261 Ceramics I
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals I
ART 271 Sculpture I

For more information

Stephanie Danker
202 Art Building
dankers@MiamiOH.edu
513-529-7422