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Program Overview

Program Overview

Let us guide you in your passion for the visual arts. Explore the ins-and-outs of developing individuals to reach their full potential -- through art! 

Our small class sizes are sure to bring you in-depth, hands-on insight into the field of Art Therapy. Our professional faculty will guide you through real-time events and social situations. You will have the opportunity to interact with individuals, in guided settings, to experience the power of co-creating within an art therapy context. Whether you wish to use your garnered knowledge for education, medicine, geriatrics, private practice or graduate school, you will be well-equipped for the field.

Courses

Courses

Specific courses required in art (51 hours)

Foundation courses:

  • AR 1033 - Foundation Studio I
  • AR 1043 - Foundation Studio II
  • AR 1053 - Foundation Studio III
  • AR 1213 - Color Theory
  • AR 1513 - Conceptualization and Presentation
  • AR 1723 - New Media Studio


Tier two studio courses: (12 hours)

  • AR 2253 - Printmaking I
  • AR 2233 - Sculpture I
  • AR 2313 - Digital Photography I
  • AR 2613 - Painting I


Art history & theory: (12 hours)

  • AR 3133 - Art Theory
  • AR 4813 - Survey of History of Art I
  • AR 4823 - Survey of History of Art II
  • AR 4843 - Art Since 1940


Choice of 9 hours of studio art electives

Specific courses required in psychology: (18 hours)

  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology *must be taken prior to beginning this minor
  • PS 2423 - Life Span Development
  • PS 2503 - Behavioral Statistics
  • PS 3413 - Social Psychology
  • PS 3463 - Personality Theories
  • PS 3513 - Drugs and Behavior
  • PS 4423 - Abnormal Psychology


Note: Art therapy majors have a built-in minor in psychology and are not required to take another minor.

8:1

Average student to faculty ratio

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Grace Ann Visser

    GraceAnn Visser

    Adjunct Faculty

    GraceAnn Visser serves as the current vice president for Tennessee Art Therapy Association, and earned her Master of Arts in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of...

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Career Paths

Social Workers

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.

Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.