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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

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.


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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

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