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  • Program Overview

    As an art therapy major, you'll learn to use the creative processes to promote positive change in the healing of others.

    We're proud to offer one of the few Art Therapy BFA programs in the nation. Art therapy is a four-year, pre-professional degree program integrating three areas of study: studio art, psychology, and the creative arts therapies. Primarily based in the visual arts, you may choose to augment your coursework with opportunities in drama, music, and creative writing. Through foundation courses, you'll grow increasingly comfortable working in a variety of media, and you'll be encouraged to develop your own toolbox of personal creative resources that you can share therapeutically with others.

    Endicott alumni have been able to secure meaningful positions in relevant fields, by becoming registered art therapists (ATR), which requires completion of an advanced degree with post-graduate supervised experience. Board certification (ATR-BC) is granted to registered art therapists who complete a master's program and pass a written examination.

    an arts therapy student in front of her portrait
  • Curriculum

    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 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies General Education Elective

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • ART 121 - Ceramics I (Cr: 3)
    • ART 201 - Painting I (Cr: 3)
    • ART 202 - Painting II (Cr: 3)
      or
    • ART 222 - Ceramics 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

    • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Upper Level Art History    (Cr: 3)
    • Art Therapy Electives    (Cr: 6)
    • General Education Elective   (Cr:3)
    • ART 302 - Portfolio (Cr: 3)
    • ART 311 - Integrating Theory and Practice (Cr: 3)
    • ART 340 - Advanced Art Studio (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 228 - Global Percussion and Therapeutic Drumming Techniques (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)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the art therapy program, students will:

    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
    • Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
    • Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
    • Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline.
    • Exhibit a competency with a variety of materials, associated with the development of creative expression.
    • Exhibit advanced skills in one or more studio art disciplines.
    • Apply the elements and principles of design.
    • Apply sophisticated use of color theory.
    • Engage verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
    • Demonstrate willingness to go beyond the original parameters of an assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
    • Discuss and present an awareness of the personal creative process.
    • Deconstruct concepts, applying and carrying them out in a sophisticated and unique visual solution.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

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    Recent Internships

    • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    • Express Yourself, Inc
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio
    • North Shore Education Consortium
    • Care Dimensions “Hospice”

    Alumni Employment

    • South Bay Mental Health
    • Riverside Community Care Day Treatment of Norwood
    • Capitol Ridge at Providence
    • Playworks New England
    • Beacon ABA Services

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • Hofstra University
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    • Northeastern University