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Art Therapy (B.F.A.)

Art Therapy is a four-year, pre-professional degree integrating three areas of study: studio art, psychology, and creative arts therapy. Primarily based on the visual arts, students may augment their courses with opportunities in drama, music, and poetry. It is a profession for the skilled artist who has a passion to help others in need.

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Art Therpy studentArt Therapy is a four-year, pre-professional degree integrating three areas of study: studio art, psychology, and creative arts therapy. Primarily based on the visual arts, students may augment their courses with opportunities in drama, music, and poetry. Each student enters at his or her own level of artistic development, and, through a proven year of foundation courses, grows increasingly comfortable working in a variety of media. Over the course of study, each student is encouraged to discover his or her own treasury of personal creative resources, and in turn, share therapeutic properties with others.

Although alumni have proven to be successful in securing meaningful positions in relevant fields, becoming a registered Art Therapist (ATR) is dependent upon completion of an appropriate graduate education and post-graduate supervised experience. Board Certification (ATR-BC) is granted to Registered Art Therapists who pass a written examination, and requires continuing education.

Art Therapy students at Endicott College are required to undertake three internships during their course of study at Endicott College. The first two internships take place during the January intercession of the first and second year, and the final internship is a full semester long and normally occurs during fall of the fourth year. Senior Thesis projects by Arts Therapy students have included investigations into archetypes and creativity, art therapy for abuse victims, spirituality and therapy, and teenage substance addiction.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127


Freshman - Credits: 32


ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I (Cr: 3)
ART 106 - Drawing and Composition II (Cr: 3)
ART 110 - Foundations of Creative Therapies (Cr: 3)
ART 115 - Two Dimensional Design (Cr: 3)
ART 123 - Foundation Seminar (Cr: 3)
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry (Cr: 3)
PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
Satisfies General Education Elective

Sophomore - Credits: 32


ART 121 - Ceramics I (Cr: 3)
ART 201 - Painting I (Cr: 3)
ART 202 - Painting II (Cr: 3)
ART 205 - Three-Dimensional Design (Cr: 3)
ART 209 - Methods and Materials in Arts and Expressive Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 229 - Specific Populations: Arts and Expressive Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 238 - Modern and Postmodern Art: from the 1870s through the 1970s (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
MTH 126 - Applied Statistics (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement
PHT 116 - Introduction to Photographic Imaging (Cr: 3)
PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement

Junior - Credits: 33

  • Art Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Creative Arts Therapy Electives    (Cr: 6)
  • General Education Elective   (Cr:3)
  • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Upper Level Art History    (Cr: 3)
ART 302 - Portfolio (Cr: 3)
ART 311 - Integrating Theory and Practice (Cr: 3)
PSY 310 - Abnormal Psychology (Cr: 3)
PSY 335 - Theories of Counseling (Cr: 3)
Satisfies General Education Elective

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethics General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
ART 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
ART 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
ART 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Art Therapy Electives:

ART 225 - Jung and Art Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 226 - Therapeutic Writing (Cr: 3)
ART 310 - Cross Cultural Practices of Art Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 312 - Drama Therapy and Psychodrama (Cr: 3)
ART 324 - Music and Creative Arts Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 330 - Dance Movement and Creative Arts Therapy (Cr: 3)
ART 331 - Art and Social Action (Cr: 3)


Recent Creative Arts Therapy students have completed Internships at: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Maine General Medical Center, National Institute of Mental Health, Saint Francis House, Stepping Stones Adult Treatment Center, Express Yourself, Inc., The Children's Connection, Shriners Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Art Therapy

1. Engage constructively in critical inquiry and analysis skills, and intellectual discourse within the art fields.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.

3. Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.

4. Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.

5. Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.

6. Demonstrate college-level writing proficiencies within the conventions of the discipline.

7. Exhibit a competency with a variety of materials, associated with the development of creative expression.

8. Exhibit advanced skills in one or more studio art disciplines.

9.  Design: Apply the elements and principles of design.

10. Color: Apply sophisticated use of color theory.

11. Engages verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.

12. Risk-taking: Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.

13. Imagination: Discuss and present an awareness of personal creative process.

14. Synthesis: Deconstruct concepts applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution. 

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