Art Therapy Minor

This minor is for students interested in learning more about the field of art therapy; in some cases the minor may prepare students to apply to art therapy graduate programs. Art therapists can work in any setting that employs helping professions, for example: hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, geriatric facilities, psychiatric facilities, residential facilities, day programs for developmental disabilities and chronic mental illness, etc. Art therapy uses the art process and the therapeutic relationship between the client and art therapist to process trauma, enhance self-esteem, improve relational abilities, decrease anxiety/depression, and increase an overall enhanced sense of well-being. Once obtaining a master’s degree in art therapy, students will be eligible for mental health licensure in their state, which grants them the ability then to have four broad career opportunities (Art Therapist, Art Educator1, Counselor, and Artist).

The art therapy minor builds on the foundation of three lateral human-centered perspectives significant to the field of art therapy: art studio, art education, and psychology. Students will explore connections between art production, methods of facilitating art experiences with people across the lifespan, and an understanding of human behaviors. Introduction to Art Therapy will tie the courses together through presenting exploratory art-making activities, foundational readings, and possible pathways to a career in the profession. The minor encourages breadth of exploration and offers separate tracks for Art majors, Psychology majors, and majors other than Art or Psychology.

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Check state licensure requirements for public school contexts.

For information, please contact Stephanie Danker, dankers@MiamiOH.edu, Office location: 202 Art Building, 513-529-7422.

Program Requirements

Required courses
ART 194Introduction to Art Therapy3
ART 195Introduction to Art Education3
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 112Foundational Experiences in Psychology 11
Complete minor based on major.9
ART Majors9
Psychology
Required courses:
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Select one of the following:
Psychology Across Cultures
Personality
Introduction to Biopsychology
Survey of Perception, Action, and Cognition
Psychology Majors9
Art Studio
Select one of the following:
Design and Composition
Observational Drawing
2D Studio (200-level)
Painting I
Printmaking I
Introduction to Digital Imaging
Photography
3D Studio (200-level)
Ceramics I
Jewelry Design and Metals I
Sculpture I
Majors outside of Art or Psychology9
Electives
Select one of the following:
Psychology Across Cultures
Developmental Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Biopsychology
Survey of Perception, Action, and Cognition
Select one of the following:
Design and Composition
Observational Drawing
Art Studio
Select one of the following:
Painting I
Printmaking I
Introduction to Digital Imaging
Photography
Ceramics I
Jewelry Design and Metals I
Sculpture I
Total Credit Hours19
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Note: If PSY 111 is taken at Miami University, PSY 112 is a co-requisite. PSY 112 is required for PSY majors