Overview

Do you have a passion for art? Do you enjoy helping others? As an art major with an art therapy concentration, you can combine these interests.

With a background in both art and psychology, you will be prepared to attend a graduate program in the art therapy field. Much of this learning happens at Hulman Hall, which houses the Department of Art and Design, featuring studios for drawing, painting, ceramics, and design. A gallery will also give you an opportunity to display your work.

Why Major in Art with a concentration in Art Therapy?

Art therapy utilizes art in therapy and art as therapy to help individuals express thoughts and feelings. The art major with art therapy concentration provides and educational foundation in art and psychology. Art Therapists serve a variety of people in numerous settings including mental health centers, medical and cancer treatment programs, schools, nursing homes, and art centers.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requires a master’s degree as the entry-level degree for practicing art therapists in the United States. SMWC’s Pre-Art Therapy major prepares students to meet the requirements for admission into Art Therapy graduate programs through a strong, cohesive curriculum.

Major

In addition to the Woods Core courses and electives, you need to complete at least 51 credit hours in art and related courses to graduate as an art major at SMWC. The art major and minor are offered through the campus program only.

Required Art Courses

51 credit hours required; All courses listed.

AD 110 2D Foundations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 111 3D Foundations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduction to the principles, techniques and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration in the creation of sculptural forms. Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 121 Drawing Foundations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids and drawing in perspective. This class also covers techniques such as blending, shading and crosshatching. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 157 Digital Imaging
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 221 Painting Foundations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. This course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: AD 110 and AD 121.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 249 Art History I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric period and covers all of the major movements up to the Renaissance period. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/ WOL: Fall, even years.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 250 Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Renaissance period and covers all of the major movements up to contemporary art. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/WOL: Spring, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 252 Women Artists
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of women’s involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: AD 250 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 257 Digital Illustration and Design
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to industry-standard digital illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 260 Visual Communication and Problem Solving
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems and advertising. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: A D 257 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 261 Visual Cognition
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Fall, odd years. Prerequisite: A D260.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 315 Photography
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 321 Advanced Painting and Drawing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students continue to learn and refine drawing and painting skills learned in foundation courses. Emphasis will be placed on the students’ exploration of their unique interests. Conceptual origins of the artistic process will be examined. This course examines drawing and painting as a conceptual tool. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: A D 221.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 323 Ceramics
Campus | 3 Credits
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An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration and applications, including technical development. Introduces thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 342 Sequential Art
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, every year. Prerequisite: AD 257 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 452 Space & Time
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines a variety of approaches to 3D and 4D art forms including modeling, construction and installation. Studies the relevance of time and space as it applies to communication of the art form. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD 111.

Campus 3 Credits
AD 453 Senior Studio
Campus | 3 Credits
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In this capstone class, students will work independently under the guidance of the instructor, though some collaborative work with others enrolled in the course may be expected. Students will be expected to develop proposals and create self- directed projects and/or work with real clients. They will also create printed and digital portfolios and finalize resumes. As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Campus 3 Credits

Required Art Therapy Concentration Courses

Art Major + 18 additional credit hours required.

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 260 Developmental Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 320 Learning
Campus | 3 Credits
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Considers the processes of learning and memory based on contemporary research and theory. Focuses on how learning processes work in animals and humans, as well as the practical aspects of the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 440 Personality
Campus | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 395 Junior Seminar in Psychology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Explores career options in psychology, including a survey of graduate school options for both clinical and research psychology. Students will participate in resume building as well as exercises for the preparation of a successful graduate school application. Students will also review professional ethics and standards. May have course fee. Normally reserved for students with junior standing. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 2 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.