Art Therapy (Pre-Art Therapy)

Department of Art

Art Therapy (Pre-Art Therapy)

When patients suffering from physical and mental illness struggle to use language to communicate, art therapy offers them an alternative tool to speak through art and develop motor skills. The purpose of the pre-art therapy program at UIndy is to prepare you to continue on to graduate school in art therapy in order to be approved by the American Art Therapy Association. Upon graduation, you can be sure that you have completed all the necessary prerequisites that graduate school requires.

Program strengths

  • UIndy’s program uses both theory and practice in the studio to prepare you to succeed, both in graduate school and later in your career
  • The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • High emphasis is placed on psychology development
  • Foundational courses help you develop personal art style and techniques
  • Involvement with art communities in Indianapolis

Curriculum: blending art and psychology

Along with foundational art courses and art teaching courses, you will take several psychology courses that prepare you to work with rehabilitation teams, helping patients through creative means. Working closely with the Psychology Department, these courses pair well with the required art courses.

The curriculum includes:

  • 18 hours of required psychology coures
  • 12 hours of other psychology electives
  • Psychology courses such as Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, Foundations of Psyschotherapy, and others
  • Relevant art courses such as Art Teaching, Drawing, Art History, and others

Potential careers in art therapy

Given that a master’s degree is required to practice art therapy, the purpose of these undergraduate courses is to complete all prerequisites for graduate school. Currently, art therapy is a growing field with career opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Shelters for battered women
  • Substance abuse centers
  • Correctional facilities

Art therapy might be for you if:

  • You want to use art to help others who suffer from developmental, physical, emotional or psychological issues
  • You find value in creative problem-solving
  • You have an interest in social services
  • You have volunteered in the past, and have enjoyed it

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a pre-art therapy major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The pre-art therapy guide lists the classes you’ll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.

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