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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Art Therapy Concentration, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a concentration in 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. It is best described as a major in Art with a minor in Psychology. The program meets recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association and includes two Art Therapy specific courses taught by a registered Art Therapist. Students are given a strong foundation to best prepare them for entrance into a graduate program in Art Therapy or Counseling Psychology (required to practice).

Art + Design (AR)

The Art foundation courses provide broad experience in conceptual thinking as well as technique in order to provide students with an opportunity to determine and develop strengths and interests. A concentration need not be selected until the second year of full-time study.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Major Requirements

A maximum of 60 hours in any single subject is allowed. Graduation requirements for the Art major in Art Therapy include an optional Senior Exhibit.

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of: 


Each art major should be able to:

Outcome 1.

Understand the stylistic, cultural, and social concepts and characteristics of the major artistic periods. (AR 181 , AR 183 , AR 387 )

Outcome 2.

Understand principles of color theory, space, and form within two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. (AR 117 AR 219 )

Outcome 3.

Possess fundamental technical skill in various media including drawing, photography, and others. (AR 111 , AR 221 , AR 231 , AR 351 , AR 365 )

Art Therapy Outcomes

In addition to the art major outcomes, each art therapy major should also be able to:

Outcome 1.

Understand the relationship between an individual’s self-expressive art-making and its role within the science of art therapy (AR 251 , AR 459 ).


The outcomes for Art + Design majors are assessed through a combination of written and performance examinations, performance assignments, and portfolios of completed projects.

Students must have a minimum grade of “C” for all Art courses. Students may not repeat an art course more than one time.

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