Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

Dr. Lisa Kay, Art Education and Art Therapy Program Head
Tyler Building, Room B090D
215-777-9259
lisakay@temple.edu

The pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy will provide students with a multi- and interdisciplinary curriculum that is academically sound and ethically focused. This program consists of 120 credits that seek to integrate the disciplines of art and psychology. The program coursework includes 13 credit hours of art therapy/art education related courses, 12 credit hours of psychology endorsed by Psychology, 29 credit hours in studio art and 14 credit hours in art history. Coursework and fieldwork will enable students to explore their identity as artists, change agents, and as mental health practitioners through self-reflective art making, fieldwork, and research. Because a master's degree is required for entry-level practice in art therapy, the intent of this degree program is to ensure graduates have the necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in art therapy. Students will be required to show advanced skills in one or more of the studio art disciplines and will develop a portfolio demonstrating competence with art materials.  

Degree Requirements for the BA in Art Therapy

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit with a 2.0 GPA.

University Requirements

Students must complete the requirements of the General Education (GenEd) program (32 credits).

  • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement. 
  • Successful completion (minimum grade of C-) in both VS 1151 and ARTH 1156 will waive the GenEd Arts (GA) requirement.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as part of the major. Writing-intensive courses are identified by the last two digits of the course number (xx96, xx97, xx98). These courses are also identified by the Course Attribute of "WI."

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must complete the second level of a foreign language (4-8 credits).

Major Requirements

ARTE 2011, ARTE 3004, ARTE 3202 and ARTE 4289 must be completed with a C or better to fulfill major requirements.

Students will be expected to complete a portfolio of artwork that shows advanced skills in at least one studio area.

Studio Requirements
ARTE 3011Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
or ARTE 3911 Honors Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
or VS 1058 Visual Studies 1: Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 1
VS 1151Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Drawing3
VS 1351Visual Studies 1 Foundation: 3D3
VS 1451Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Composition and Color2
VS 2252Visual Studies 2 Concept Studio: Painting3
or PDS 2011 Painting
or PDS 2111 Painting
or PDS 2231 Painting Workshop
VS 2552Visual Studies 2 Concept Studio: Print Imaging3
or GAD 2702 Survey of Printmaking Techniques
CRFT 2304Introduction to Fibers for Non-Tyler BFA Majors3
or CRFT 2317 Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies
CRFT 2151Beginning Ceramics3
or CRFT 2152 Introduction to Beginning Ceramics for Non-Tyler BFA Majors
GAD 2401Introduction to Photography (Online Digital Course)3
or GAD 2441 Photo I: Digital
or GAD 2451 Photo I: Digital
or GAD 2461 Digital Imaging
Studio Elective (Students must take an advanced level (3000+) course in at least one studio area. Please see your academic advisor.)3
Art Therapy Requirements
ARTE 2011Creative Process in Art Therapy3
ARTE 3004Introduction to Art Therapy3
ARTE 3202Artist Educators in Schools and Community Settings3
ARTE 4289Field Work in Art Therapy4
Art History Requirements
ARTH 1155Art Heritage of the Western World I3
or ARTH 1955 Honors Art Heritage of the Western World I
ARTH 1156Art Heritage of the Western World II3
or ARTH 1956 Honors Art Heritage of the Western World II
Art History Writing Intensive courses8
Psychology Requirements
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2201Foundations of Psychopathology3
PSY 2103Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis3
Total Credit Hours68

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation and the availability of courses, your academic plan may look different. Please be sure to check your plan with your academic advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
VS 1151Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Drawing13
VS 1351Visual Studies 1 Foundation: 3D3
VS 1451Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Composition and Color2
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
Select one of the following:3
Visual Studies 1: Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 1 
Introductory Seminar in Community Arts 
Honors Introductory Seminar in Community Arts 
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ARTE 2011Creative Process in Art Therapy3
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Ceramics 
Introduction to Beginning Ceramics for Non-Tyler BFA Majors 
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Photography (Online Digital Course) 
Photo I: Digital 
Photo I: Digital 
Digital Imaging 
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Fibers for Non-Tyler BFA Majors 
Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies 
ARTE 3004Introduction to Art Therapy3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective2
Language Requirement - Second Level24
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PSY 2201Foundations of Psychopathology3
ARTE 3202Artist Educators in Schools and Community Settings3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Visual Studies 2 Concept Studio: Painting 
Painting 
Painting 
Painting Workshop 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Visual Studies 2 Concept Studio: Painting 
Survey of Printmaking Techniques 
PSY 2103Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis3
Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ARTH 2xxx-4xxx (Art History Writing Intensive)4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Studio Elective33
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
ARTH 2xxx-4xxx (Art History Writing Intensive)4
Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ARTE 4289Field Work in Art Therapy4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 120
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.

2

If second level language (1002) is not required as determined by placement testing, these credits must be taken as academic elective.

3

Students must take a 3000 level studio course or higher in order to build advanced skills in at least one studio area.

Please Note: An approved study abroad program will waive the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement. Art Therapy majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to discuss how a semester or a summer program fits in the program to remain on track for graduation.