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Art Therapy Course Descriptions

ATH 201   Introduction to Expressive and Therapeutic Arts

3 credits

Through a variety of readings, research, art activities, discussion, and creative journaling, students will experience the fundamental processes of the expressive and therapeutic arts. An emphasis on self-study will aid students in exploring personal goals, expectations, and career choices regarding application of these processes to fields of art, health care, social services, elder care, education, and business.

 

ATH 203   Basic Therapeutic Skills

3 credits                              

Prerequisite: ATH 201

This course explores various theories and experiential techniques used in the therapeutic environment.  Consideration will be given to the appropriate application of techniques and materials specific to the expressive and therapeutic arts, as well as examine the professional and ethical requirements of the client-therapist relationship.

  

ATH 204   Special Topics in Expressive and Therapeutic Arts

1-3 credits

This course provides opportunity to explore a specialized area of study in art therapy that may not be reflected in other art therapy courses.

 

ATH 305   Techniques in Creative Process

3 credits

Prerequisite: ATH 201, 203

This course provides a continuation of the directed self-study process and builds a strong foundation for self-awareness and professional helping skills.  Through exploration of a variety of expressive mediums, students will learn to observe, reflect, share, and evaluate their creative experiences.  Skill will be developed in creating safe, therapeutic environments, supportive of emotional, physical, spiritual, and cultural aspects of well-being for self and others.

ATH 311   Art Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary/Middle Schools

2 credits

This course provides an opportunity for aspiring art therapists to synthesize their studies with art education. Students will apply learning theories to the aesthetic dimension of education focusing on approaches to art, culture and the environment as catalysts for teaching. Majors will use art concepts and processes to make possible meaningful art experiences for sequential levels of learning within the K-elementary framework of school systems.

ATH 315   Fieldwork I and Seminar

3 credits

Prerequisite: Department chair approval

This course provides fieldwork opportunities in approved community agencies, hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities.  The course entails weekly attendance in discussion and processing held on campus in addition to the fieldwork placement.  Observation techniques and development of a professional portfolio will be a focus.

ATH 397   Internship

1-3 credits

(Expressive and Therapeutic Arts majors only)

These courses are used in addition to the art therapy fieldwork when students desire more experiences beyond program requirements and are set up with the advising professor and internship staff member. The courses are a learning approach that integrates college studies with volunteer or paid experience that is directly related to art therapy.

 

ATH 400   Senior Seminarin Expressive and Therapeutic Arts

3 credits

(Expressive and Therapeutic Arts majors only)

This is a capstone course that provides direction for students as they integrate classroom learning with practice. Students will reflect and demonstrate personal growth gained throughout their college career via presentation of a personal philosophy, conclusion of a portfolio and other preparation for professional employment, and production of a community arts project.

 

ATH 404   Special Topics inExpressive and Therapeutic Arts

1-3 credits

This course provides opportunity to explore advanced levels of a specialized area of study in art therapy that may not be reflected in other art therapy courses.

ATH 410   Program Design and Grant Writing

3 credits

Prerequisite: ATH 315, 415

Due to the fact that expressive and therapeutic arts are still quite new to professional therapeutic settings, practitioners often need to educate possible employers and develop their own programs.  As a foundation for these entrepreneurial skills, students will explore a wide range of literature in the field of expressive and therapeutic arts, create an extensive resource bibliography and demonstrate skill in the basics of grant writing.

 

ATH 415   Fieldwork II and Seminar

3 credits

Prerequisite: ATH 315

This course provides a continuation of ATH 315.  The student participates in other fieldwork settings to gain more experience.  Along with weekly attendance on campus for discussion and processing, the student will develop planning and evaluative techniques, prepare a professional resume, and continue development of the portfolio.

ATH 435   Fieldwork III and Seminar

3 credits

Prerequisite: ATH 415

Building on the experiences acquired through ATH 315 and ATH 415, the student further broadens experience with client populations.  Seminars will address professional topics; provide opportunities to refine acquired skills; discuss ethics, communication, client care, case or program management; and continue development of the portfolio.

  

ATH 497   Internship

1-3 credits

(Expressive and Therapeutic Arts majors only)

These courses are used in addition to the art therapy fieldwork when students desire more experiences beyond program requirements and are set up with the advising professor and internship staff member. The courses are a learning approach that integrates college studies with volunteer or paid experience that is directly related to art therapy.

 

96 Percent

Fun Fact

96% of Marian students participate in educationally driven internships and research in their majors, giving them experience that can be applied after graduation.

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