Program Requirements

Hours: 78

The major in Pre-Art Therapy is a program of study designed to prepare the student for admission to the graduate level field of Art Therapy.  Pre-Art therapy students are encouraged to contact prospective graduate institutions at an early point in their undergraduate education to facilitate meeting of specific graduate school programs throughout the United States.  For information, contact AATA at 847-949-6064, or

Major Courses - 50 hours

ART 100Art & Design Foundation Seminar (1) A

ART 101Foundation Drawing I (3) A/CAM

ART 102Foundation Drawing II (3) A/CAM

ART 103Design Foundation I (3) A/CAM

ART 106Design Foundation II (3) A/CAM

ART 110Foundation Portfolio Review (0)

ART 121World Art (3) A/CAM

ART 217Painting (3) A

ART 301Figure Drawing (3-4) A



ART 302Advanced Drawing (3) A

ART 395Pre-Thesis Independent Study (3)

ART 400Senior Art Seminar: Capstone (1) CAP

ART 495Thesis (3)

ART    Choose two Art history courses (6)

ART    Choose five Art studio courses (15)

Minor Coursework - 28 hours

Cognate Course – 3 hours

SOC 103Our Social World (3) S/CS

Minor Courses – 25 hours

MTH 176Stats I With SPSS (3) MA/CMA

PSY 103Introduction to Psychology (3) S/CEP

PSY 205Child/Adolescent Development (3) S

PSY 206Adult Dev and Aging (3) S

PSY 340Abnormal Psychology (3) S

PSY 390Counseling Theories (3)

PSY 375Research I (4)

PSY    Electives (3) S

Psychology electives may include: PSY 385, PSY 310, PSY 342 or any PSY course in area of interest or concentration.


Minimum grade of C in all major/cognate courses.

Note: Students planning to enroll in a master’s level program in art therapy should check early with the intended graduate institution for entry requirements.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the art, art education or fine arts majors will:

  • engage in the creative art making process, using imagery, methods and media to express and communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and aspirations.
  • understand the formal, technical and expressive aspects in visual artworks, using critical skills to describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate such works.
  • understand and appreciate the historical, social and cultural contexts of the arts and artists in societies past and present, while being equipped to enter the dialogue.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***