Marian University has one of the oldest undergraduate art therapy programs in the Midwest. Art therapists work with other mental health professionals in both diagnostic and treatment capacities. The program is designed for students who want to pursue graduate work and can combine the disciplines of fine arts and psychology. Students in this program must earn either a minor or a second major in psychology. Students interested in pursuing this program must be interviewed and accepted by both the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Psychology. The curriculum is based upon the recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association and internships are arranged for qualified students in local health care facilities.
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Jamie Higgs, Ph.D.
Concentration in Art Therapy
Students may enter the art therapy concentration after completing ART 104, 106 or 109, 201, 206, and PSY 101 with a grade of “C” or higher in each class. This concentration includes the B.A. art major (ART 105 should be taken as one of the two additional art courses) and the following concentration specific art classes: ART or PSY 371 and three credits of ART 461. Art therapy requires a minor in psychology including PSY 101, 220, 230, and 335. Two credits of SOC 100 are required. This curriculum is based on the recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association.