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Art Therapy at Avila

Art therapy is a human service profession that uses art media, the creative art process, and patient/client responses as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Art therapists in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats serve populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

The Avila art therapy curriculum meets recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association. Opportunities for art therapists may include employment in nursing homes, day care centers, residential facilities for children, psychiatric hospitals, battered women shelters, hospices, mental health centers, and schools.

Art Therapy courses investigate the history, theory, and methods in both a classroom and studio situation. You’ll explore career possibilities, meet practicing art therapists, and visit sites where art therapy is used.

In order to practice as a Registered Art Therapist and counsel patients on a one-on-one basis, you will need to continue your art therapy education at the graduate level. Avila’s B.A. in Art Therapy prepares you for entry into an accredited graduate art therapy program.

Advisors to the art therapy program and all art therapy faculty are registered and board-certified art therapists with a master’s degree in art therapy, or a closely related discipline.

Be the Change in Their World

Art therapy is a human service profession that uses art media, the creative art process, and patient/client responses as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Art therapists in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats serve populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds, in hospitals, out-patient and residential treatment facilities, elder care communities, child care centers, domestic violence shelters, hospice services, schools, and private practice.

The Avila art therapy curriculum meets recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association. Courses investigate history, theory, and methods in both a classroom and studio situation. In order to practice as a Registered Art Therapist and counsel patients on a one-on-one basis, you will need to continue your art therapy education at the graduate level. Avila’s B.A. in Art Therapy prepares you for entry into any accredited graduate art therapy program.  All art therapy faculty are registered and board-certified art therapists with a Masters of Science in Art Therapy or a related discipline.

Visit these sites for more information about careers in Art Therapy:

http://www.arttherapyblog.com/c/career/
http://arttherapy.org/

Degree Requirements
BA: 120 total credit hours
Core Curriculum: 39-40 hours
Art Foundation: 21 hours
Art Studio: 21 hours
Psychology: 18 hours
Art Therapy: 6 hours
General Electives: 14-15 hours

Art Foundation: 21 hours
AR 111 Beginning Drawing
AR 117 Two-Dimensional Design
AR 181 Art of the Ancient World
AR 183 From Renaissance to Modern
AR 212 Intermediate Drawing
AR 218 Principles of Color Theory
AR 387 History of Contemporary Art

Art Studio: 21 hours
AR 219 Three-Dimensional Design
AR 221  Beginning Photography
AR 231  Beginning Ceramics
AR 261  Beginning Painting
AR 351  Printmaking
AR 355  Fiber Design
AR 365  Watercolor

Psychology: 18 hours
PY 101   General Psychology
PY 201   Personality Theory
PY 205   Human Growth and Development
PY 210   Abnormal Psychology
PY 320   Current Trends in Psychotherapy
SO 230  Quantitative Methods

Art Therapy: 6 hours
AR 251  Introduction to Art Therapy
AR 459  Art as Therapy

Career outcomes

A career as a licensed Art Therapist offers you exciting and rewarding opportunities in the following areas:

  • Hospitals and clinics, both medical and psychiatric
  • Out-patient mental health agencies and day treatment facilities
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Halfway houses
  • Domestic violence and homeless shelters
  • Community agencies and non-profit settings
  • Sheltered workshops
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Elder care facilities
  • Art studios
  • Private practice

Please visit the sites below for more details on the many career options for Art Therapy.
http://www.arttherapyblog.com/c/career/
http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org/aata-careers.html

Open to all undergraduate art majors (Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design). Grants are for up to $1,000 annually, based on the discretion of the grant advisor.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Full-time student majoring in art
  2. Regular admissions status (if the student is provisional admit, the student must attain regular status at the completion of the first academic year.)
  3. Personal interview with Art + Design faculty
  4. Letter of recommendation from high school or college instructor, counselor, or other appropriate representatives (internship or work supervisor, coaches, adult media club director, etc.)
  5. Work hours for the department in art or design related tasks (ex. tech support in Mac lab or help with gallery exhibition) for 8-20 hours a semester, depending on grant amount.

Portfolio Review
Your portfolio should include 12 – 20 pieces of recent work. Drawings and photographs do not have to be matted or framed.  You should select artwork that represents the variety and quality of your capabilities as an artist.  Show your ability to draw from life, rather than from printed photographs.  We will look for evidence of originality, creativity, technical skill, and knowledge and versatility of media and subject, as well as an understanding of color, composition, and design.

You can submit your portfolio in a number of ways:  bring the actual work to campus for a review, email pdf of digital files, or provide a CD or flash drive.  It’s recommended that you visit and meet with a faculty member of the Art + Design Department.

In order to renew, you must

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 15 hours of AR credits each year.
  2. Maintain full-time student status
  3. Maintain a 3.0 in art courses taken at Avila.
  4. Fulfill the work hour requirement.

If you have any questions, and to set up an interview with a portfolio review, please contact eric.winter@avila.edu.


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