Sep 26, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Art Therapy Concentration, B.A.

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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.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Major Requirements

Major in Art with choice of Art Education or Art Therapy. A maximum of 60 hours in any single subject is allowed.

Graduation requirements for the Art major in Art Education and 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 261 , 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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