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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
AR 104 Design and Color 3 None
AR 107 3D Design 3 None
AR 201 Introduction to Art Therapy 3 None
AR 103 Drawing 3 None
AR 125 Explorations in Clay 3 None
AR 110 Survey of Western Art 3 None
AR 200 Beginning Painting 3 AR 103
AR 215 Ceramic Sculpture 3 None
AR 225 Wheel Throwing 3 None
AR 204 Digital Art 3 None
AR 203 Digital Photography 3 None
AR 300 Intermediate Painting I 3 AR 200
AR 305 Intermediate Ceramics 3 AR 125, AR 215, OR AR 225
AR 329 Early Modern Art 3 AR 110
AR/CA 330 Modern to Contemporary Art 3 AR110
AR 318 American Art 3 AR110
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
PY 203 Abnormal Psychology 3 PY 101
PY 304 Cognitive Psychology 3 PY 101
PY 321 Health Psychology 3 PY 101
PY 350 Developmental Psychology 3 PY 101, ED 120, or ED 130
ED 120/121 Child Development/Lab 4 corequisite ED 121/corequisite 120
ED 130 Adolescent Development 3 None
Varies Two courses in intermediate or advanced painting, drawing, or ceramics 6 Varies

Important Notes:

Highly recommended addiitonal courses include: Human Sexuality, Social Psychology, Personality, Child and Adolescent Development. Also recommended are: Philosophy of Art, Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities, Introduction to Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Ethics of Health Care, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice, Introduction to Anthropology, Child and Family Services, Drugs and Society, Social Problems and Social Welfare, and courses in Communication and Religion.

1. Although this course list will be sufficient for most gradudate programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year to ensure that you get the proper background.

2. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.

3. Make sure to have your advisors in the Art and Psychology Departments.

4. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in observing an art therapist or participating in a service learning art project either during the school year or over the summer.

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