Art Therapy

collageThe Art Department offers a pre-professional program in art therapy. This is a combined art and psychology program, focused on intensive training for women who want to bring the healing, nurturing qualities of art to help adults and children in need. In schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and in other public and private institutions dedicated to the crucial part of health care, the art therapist brings the joy of artistic activity to the relief of the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged.

In this program, the Art Therapy Major is provided with foundation studies in Studio Art and extensive training in psychology to prepare for graduate work as an art therapist. These important state-approved BS and BFA programs can lead to professional registration as an art therapist once the student receives a Master’s degree.

The submission of a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for admission as a BFA Art Therapy major. Freshmen and transfer students entering the BS Art Therapy program may submit a portfolio for assessment, advisement, and consideration for an art scholarship.

In the case of transfer students applying to a BFA program, the portfolio review can be accomplished following enrollment in courses, but prior to the second semester enrollment, during the time that a final transfer credit evaluation is completed. Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their art courses at The College of New Rochelle.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires 60 credits in Liberal Studies and 60 credits in Professional Studies and studio electives.

In addition to studio foundations, colloquia, and art history requirements, students completing a BFA degree in Art Therapy take studio electives and professional courses in Art Therapy. BFA Art Therapy majors must complete an internship and may elect to complete a research paper. A senior who has demonstrated outstanding competency may be chosen by the Art Department faculty to present a solo exhibition. (Please note: the BFA degree programs in Art Therapy require more than 120 credits.)

Required Courses

Included in the 60 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190 Freshman Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290 Sophomore Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

II. Art History (12 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe (3 credits)
  • ARH 375 Art Since 1945 (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits in Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Studio Electives (33 credits)

III. Senior Thesis, Internship, Senior Project, and Exhibition (6-9 credits)

All BFA candidates must register for ART 497Z Senior Project in their senior year. A candidate for the BFA degree participates in a group exhibit that demonstrates a proficiency with new work based on a theme or specialization in conjunction with a group theme. Seniors who demonstrate outstanding competency may be chosen by the faculty to present a solo exhibition. BFA candidates may also elect to enroll in ART 494 Senior Research (3 credits) and complete a senior thesis paper. All BFA majors require an internship experience and must register for ART 495Z Internship in either their junior or senior year.

The Bachelor of Science degree

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 60 credits in Liberal Studies and 60 credits in
Professional Studies.

Through our B.S. program in Art Therapy, students gain proficiency in studio art and develop an extensive background in psychology, enabling them to prepare for graduate work in art therapy, leading to accreditation as an art therapist. All methodology courses in Art Therapy are taught by a registered art therapist. Students in Art Therapy may also complete the School of Arts & Sciences program for initial Teacher Certification: Visual Arts Grades K-12 (see Art Education for Teacher Certification: Visual Art K-12 requirements).

Required Courses

All Art Therapy majors should include the following among the 60 credits in Liberal Studies:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190 Freshman Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290 Sophomore Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

II. Art History (9 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe
    • ARH 375 Art Since 1945

III. Psychology (12 credits)

  • PSY 110 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 222 Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
  • PSY 243 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 361 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

IV. Physical Education (0 credits)

  • PHE 148 Intro to Dance Therapy
  • PHE 248 Intermediate Dance Therapy

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits of Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Professional Studies (Art Therapy) (9 credits)

  • ATH 201Z Orientation to Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 202Z Theories and Techniques of Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 495Z Internship: Art Therapy (3 credits)

The Art Therapy internship is supervised by an art therapist in a therapeutic setting.

III. Studio Electives (27 credits)

The B.S. Art Therapy major must take 27 credits in studio electives.

IV. Senior Thesis, Senior Project, and Senior Exhibition (3-6 credits)

During her senior year, the candidate for a B.S. degree in Art Therapy must register for ART 497Z Senior Project (1.5 credits each semester), and participate in a group exhibition of a retrospective nature. Students may elect to take ATH 494 Senior Research: Art Therapy (0-3 credits) completing a research paper in Art Therapy.