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Pre-Art Therapy

Major

Study Interdisciplinary Art Therapy

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 a Art Therapy 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. 

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Art Therapy in Action

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.

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Autism Studies & Intervention

Add an Autism Studies and Intervention minor to your degree with a few additional classes. Talk to your Admissions Counselor for more information.

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Leah Groeling
Class of 2020
"Art therapy is an up and coming topic of interest in our world. What our world doesn't know yet is that we need it. We need to express ourselves. We need a creative outlet. We need to give voice when there are no words to say. I have no regrets choosing my major."

Pre-Art Therapy Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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