Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

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 FDPR 1511 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

ARTT 2011, ARTT 3004, ARTE 3202 and ARTT 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
CART 3011Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
or CART 3911
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
or FDPR 1532 3D Foundation Principles/C
ART 2501Painting3
or ART 2503 Painting
or ART 2506 Painting Workshop
ART 2201Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies3
or ART 1201 Introduction to Fibers for Non-Tyler BFA Majors
ART 2702Survey of Etching and Relief3
ART 2101Beginning Ceramics3
or ART 1101 Introduction to Beginning Ceramics for Non-Tyler BFA Majors
ART 2601Photo I: Digital3
or ART 2602 Digital Imaging
or ART 2603 Photo I: Digital
or ART 2604 Introduction to Photography (Online Digital Course)
Studio Elective 3000+ level3
Art Therapy Requirements
ARTT 2011Creative Process in Art Therapy3
ARTT 3004Introduction to Art Therapy3
ARTE 3202Artist Educators in Schools and Community Settings3
ARTT 4289Field Work in Art Therapy4
Art History Requirements
ARTH 1155Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
or ARTH 1955 Honors Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
ARTH 1156Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century3
or ARTH 1956 Honors Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
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 Hours69

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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
Select one of the following:3
3D Foundation Principles/W 
3D Foundation Principles/C 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CART 3011 or CART 3911Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
ARTH 1156 or 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century13
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ARTT 3004Introduction to 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
Photo I: Digital 
Digital Imaging 
Photo I: Digital 
Introduction to Photography (Online Digital Course) 
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ARTT 2011Creative Process in Art Therapy3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies 
Introduction to Fibers for Non-Tyler BFA Majors 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
Language Requirement - Second Level24
 Term Credit Hours16
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
Painting 
Painting 
Painting Workshop 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 2702Survey of Etching and Relief3
PSY 2103Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis3
Free Elective2
GenEd Breadth Course3
Art History Writing Intensive4
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Studio Elective33
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective4
Art History Writing Intensive4
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
ARTT 4289Field Work in Art Therapy4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 120

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.