Art Therapy is a four-year, pre-professional degree integrating three areas of study: studio art, psychology, and creative arts therapy. Primarily based on the visual arts, students may augment their courses with opportunities in drama, music, and poetry. Each student enters at his or her own level of artistic development, and, through a proven year of foundation courses, grows increasingly comfortable working in a variety of media. Over the course of study, each student is encouraged to discover his or her own treasury of personal creative resources, and in turn, share therapeutic properties with others.
Although alumni have proven to be successful in securing meaningful positions in relevant fields, becoming a registered Art Therapist (ATR) is dependent upon completion of an appropriate graduate education and post-graduate supervised experience. Board Certification (ATR-BC) is granted to Registered Art Therapists who pass a written examination, and requires continuing education.
Art Therapy students at Endicott College are required to undertake three internships during their course of study at Endicott College. The first two internships take place during the January intercession of the first and second year, and the final internship is a full semester long and normally occurs during fall of the fourth year. Recent Creative Arts Therapy students have completed Internships at; Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Maine General Medical Center, National Institute of Mental Health, Saint Francis House, Stepping Stones Adult Treatment Center, Express Yourself, Inc., The Children's Connection, Shriners Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
Senior Thesis projects by Art Therapy students have included investigations into archetypes and creativity, art therapy for abuse victims, spirituality and therapy, and teenage substance addiction and art therapy.
Upon completion of the B.F.A. Fine Arts – Creative Arts Therapy program, the student will be able to:
Engage constructively in critical inquiry and analysis skills, and intellectual discourse within art and art therapy fields.
Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
Demonstrate perceptual skills in drawing.
Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
Demonstrate an understanding of historical context for the visual arts.
Demonstrate college writing proficiencies within the conventions of the discipline.
Exhibit a competency with a variety of materials, associated with the development of creative expression.
Exhibit advanced skills in one or more studio art disciplines.
Apply the elements and principles of design.
Use of Color: Apply sophisticated use of color theory.
Engage verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
Risk-taking: Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, ie: tackling controversial topics.
Discuss and present an awareness of personal imaginative and creative processes.
Deconstruct concepts, applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution.
Art Therapy Major (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
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For information regarding Art Therapy please contact: Carol Pelletier,
Chair of Fine Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College