Pre-Art Therapy

Major

If you're interested in the therapeutic uses of art, pre-art therapy provides a solid foundation for continuing study in pursuit of a master's degree in art therapy. Our interdisciplinary program combines core psychology courses with a broad range of art classes designed to teach you how to lead others in artistic exercises.

In this program, you will . . .

  • build a psychological understanding of people and the varying needs for therapy
  • develop artistic skills with a variety of mediums
  • learn how to make art accessible to others through art education classes

Psychology courses provide a foundation knowledge of psychological theories, involving . . .

  • Lifespan development (how individuals change from infancy through adulthood and old age)
  • Abnormal psychology (mental illness, disorders, and maladaptive behaviors)
  • Behavior problems in children and adolescents
  • Personality

You'll study and gain hands-on experience with a variety of art forms that can be done in any location:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Two- and three-dimensional design
  • Ceramics

Every pre-art therapy student completes at least one practicum and is strongly encouraged to take additional psychology courses in counseling, research, and data analysis.

The Bachelor of Arts option requires a foreign language. The Bachelor of Science option pairs pre-art therapy requirements with Taylor's systems curriculum.