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The interdisciplinary Pre-Art Therapy program combines core psychology, studio, and art therapy coursework to introduce the therapeutic uses of art. Within studio courses, art is created in 2D and 3D mediums to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed in art therapeutic practice. Psychology courses build a foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge to understand mental health. Art Therapy coursework emphasizes connections between core studio and psychology courses, while introducing the history, approaches, processes, and ethical considerations of art therapy.
Taylor’s Bachelor’s in Pre-Art Therapy is a pre-professional degree that paves the way toward continued study for a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy degree program. Students learn from current literature, case studies, guest speakers in the field, building a framework for graduate studies. Courses exploring research skills, and statistical analysis are recommended to all pre-art therapy majors interested in pursuing their master’s degree. The curriculum provides pre-requisite course work for for most graduate level studies, based upon the standards of the American Art Therapy Association.
Every Pre-Art Therapy student completes at least one practicum within a variety of settings in the art therapy field. The practicum experience gives students the opportunity to observe professional art therapists practically implementing concepts they learned in their coursework.
Students training in Pre-Art Therapy prepare to provide therapeutic support for a diverse groups of individuals, offering release for those experiencing stress, addictions, trauma, and grief/loss. Populations who benefit from art therapy include, but is not limited to, children, adolescents, couples, the elderly, veterans, hospital patients, and the neurodivergent. Art therapy is provided in individual, group, and open studio settings. Check out this major to explore how the art therapist profession might fit your gifts and calling.
Add an Autism Studies and Intervention minor to your degree with a few additional classes. Talk to your Admissions Counselor for more information.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.
Jan 27, 2022
In connection with the Taylor University Counseling Center, Pre-Art Therapy students and faculty hosted the Art-Making for Mental Wellness event on December 7th to provide therapeutic benefits through art to help reduce stress during the final week of classes.Read Article
Jun 25, 2020
Learn how practicums play an important role in helping students gain real-world experience in the fields they’ve studied in the classroom.Read Article
May 01, 2020
In Taylor’s Art program, students find artistic inspiration and an experience-based foundation that prepares them for future work in their careers.Read Article
Mar 01, 2019
Taylor seniors from the Pre-Art Therapy and Art Education majors will be hosting the opening reception for their senior show in the Metcalf Gallery of Taylor’s Modelle Metcalf Visual Art Center on Friday, March 1.Read Article