Art Therapy Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
History of Western Art I (SAR 105)
The history of art in Western culture: Prehistoric to Renaissance. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
History of Western Art II (SAR 110)
Baroque to the present. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Drawing (SAR 115)
Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Figure Drawing (SAR 116)
Life studies; the human form and its exploration. Prerequisite: SAR115. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
2-D Design (SAR 120)
Introduction to the tools, materials, and concepts of two-dimensional image-making; the elements and principles of visual organization with contextual associations; drawing, painting, introductory printmaking, and mixed media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring and fall semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
3-D Design (SAR 121)
Elements of three-dimensional design; forming, fabrication, and joining of various materials: use of hand and power tools. Prerequisite: SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Sophomore Review (SAR 202)
Students complete and present a portfolio of work to be reviewed during the spring semester of the sophomore year by the art faculty. Transfer students complete this review after attending for one semester in the spring of their first full year, unless they are part of a 2 + 2 articulation agreement from their Associate’s Degree Institution. Spring semester. 0 credits. Pass/fail.
Twentieth Century Art I (SAR 205)
Art movements in the Western world from the mid-19th century to the outbreak of World War II. Prerequisite: SAR110. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Twentieth Century Art II (SAR 210)
Art since 1945; art movements from Abstract Expressionism to the present. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. 3 credits.
Clay (SAR 225)
Hand-building and wheel forming methods; clay body and glaze formulation; glaze application; firing procedures; kiln design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Painting (SAR 255)
Basic painting techniques; color theory; visual, conceptual, and contextual skills emphasized. Prerequisite: SAR120. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Clay (SAR 325)
This course is a continuation of the work begun in SAR225 and consists of advanced wheel throwing techniques and the introduction of slip casting methods with emphasis on finishing and firing techniques. Students create a cohesive body of work which leads to a conceptually unified portfolio. Prerequisite: SAR225. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Painting (SAR 355)
Intermediate painting builds upon foundational painting and drawing experiences to further develop and strengthen students' conceptual, analytical, and technical painting skills. Emphasis is placed on developing an increasingly personal artistic language and vision that is rooted in research and preparatory studies. Painting practice is augmented with readings, museum visits, group critiques, and slide discussions on contemporary painting. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SAR255. 4 credits. Fee.
Prof. Practice for Visual Arts (SAR 480)
This course provides practical and theoretical skill development to students who plan careers in the visual arts. Examples include targeting a specific career in the arts; the business of being an artist; documentation and presentation of work and skills; portfolio development; self promotion and resources for artists; and a theoretical examination of the role of the artist in society. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR115. Seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Creative Connections (SAT 105)
An introduction to the use of creativity and self-expression in therapeutic practice. Students learn how various expressive modalities can encourage self-exploration, personal growth, and engagement with others. Methods of instruction are experiential and self-reflective. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Introduction to Visual Art Therapy (SAT 205)
A didactic and experiential introduction to visual art therapy as a discipline and a profession. Includes an overview of the history of art therapy, exposure to various theoretical approaches to art therapy practice, and engagement with art therapy materials and methods. Prerequisite: SAT105. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Arts for Community Change (SAT 210)
This course involves exploration of using the arts and art-making experiences in community-based settings. Focus is on exploring how the arts engage people in meaningful experiences that link personal change and self-expression with the advancement of community and social change. The course includes discussion of different forms of community work including efforts to make art experiences accessible for diverse populations or cultural communities. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Art with Diverse Groups (SAT 305)
Study of principles, skills, and methods used in facilitating visual arts experiences in a variety of group settings. Practical aspects of creating and maintaining client engagement with group artmaking which builds a sense of competence, self knowledge, and connection to one’s social environment are explored. Necessary adaptations for working with special needs groups are also addressed. Skills are developed through readings, lecture, demonstration, and in-class experimental exercises. Prerequisite: SAT205. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Field Work (SAT 420)
Supervised art therapy practicum, including weekly on-campus supervision seminar and a minimum of six hours per week in the field with a population of interest to the student. Prerequisite: SAT305. Permission required. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Introductory Psychology (SPY 110)
An introduction to the history, concepts, principles, and problems of modern psychology including experiential study. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)
The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Adult Development (SPY 235)
A study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development throughout adulthood. Includes collection and analysis of adults’ life histories. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)
Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Personality Theory (SPY 370)
A consideration of the research and theory aimed at understanding those characteristics of the person which are related to his or her distinctive ways of experiencing or behaving. Major theoretical perspectives on personality such as trait theories, social learning theory, psychoanalytic theories, and phenomenological theories are examined. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester. 3 credits.