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Art and Design Studio Workshop in the Painting Studio

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art and Design (Studio Art / Concentration in Art Therapy)

Finding Health Through the Visual Arts

Marian University's undergraduate art therapy program is one of the first offered in the Midwest. Our program builds on this historical strength by offering you a rich curriculum in studio art blended with courses in psychology, community-based internships and service opportunities. Marian's program is specially designed to prepare you for graduate study in art therapy.

Why choose art therapy at Marian?

Your art experience begins with a strong foundation in studio art working in both two- and three-dimensional media. You will be mentored by professional artist-teachers and art historians as you develop your mission and vision as an artist and therapist. Advanced studies culminate with a senior exhibition, professional communication materials, and a comprehensive visual portfolio.

In combination with the studio art, you will have the option of choosing a minor or a second major in psychology. As a matter of admission, you will be interviewed and accepted by both the Art and Design Program and the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling. Marian's curriculum is based on the recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association.

What will you study?

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (Studio Art / Concentration in Art Therapy) 

Core Courses (18 credits)
  • ART 106 Foundations of Art & Design
  • ART 255 Photography and the Moving Image
  • ARH 235 Global Art History I
  • ARH 236 Global Art History II
  • ART 490 MDC Capstone: Influence & Impact
Choose one:
  • ARH 344 The Modern World:  Artist’s Voices Heard
  • ARH 346 The Contem­porary Scene
Studio Art with Art Therapy (27 credits)
  • ART 110 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 130 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 200 Sculptural Principles
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting
  • ART 491 Senior Portfolio & Professional Practice
Choose four:
  • ART 137 Printmaking and Book Arts
  • ART 203 Ceramics I
  • ART 210 Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 321 Intermediate Painting
  • ART 331 Art + Design Ideas
  • ART 371 Introduction to Art Therapy
  • ART 461 Art Therapy Internship
  • ART 380 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
  • ART 480 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
Required Minor:  Psychology
The following portfolio reviews are required for continuation in the program:
  • Foundation Process Book (ART 106, ART 110, and ART 130)
  • Junior Review (ART 331)
  • Senior Review (ART 491)
Minor in Art and Design (18 Credits)
18 ART or ARH credits including ART 106 Foundations of Art & Design



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