Art

B.S. in Art Therapy


The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Art Therapy provides training for undergraduate students who wish to use their creative skills in a variety of health care environments. Art therapists are involved with disability centers, psychiatric hospitals, special education programs, drug abuse centers, community mental health centers, other health institutions and prisons.

The art therapy program explores the interaction of the visual arts with psychological theories and practice. The program emphasizes preparation for graduate training in clinical art therapy. Students who successfully complete a B.S. degree in Art Therapy can find work in the field or continue on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Art Therapy which qualifies for a creative arts license in New York State.

Students experience clinical practice in the field of art therapy during two 150 hour practicums. The program places student interns in over 90

therapeutic sites in the tri-state area.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.

Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students wishing to transfer into a Department of Art program are required to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the director of the relevant program. More information on portfolio reviews may be found by calling the Department of Art at 516-299- 2464.

Candidates for admission to the Bachelor of Science program in Art Therapy follow the same guidelines as other prospective art majors. Admission to the Department of Art programs is by satisfaction of general LIU Post admissions requirements.

Core Requirements: 

In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.S. in Art Therapy must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:

POST 101

1 credit
First-Year Composition 

6 credits

Economics/Political Science 
6 credits
History/Philosophy  6 credits
Laboratory Science  8 credits (may be satisfied in major)
Language/Literature  6 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Social Sciences  6 credits (may be satisfied in major)

For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements

Art Therapy Courses

ARTH 1

Introduction to Art Therapy

3.00

ARTH 2

Art Therapy Theories for the Handicapped

3.00

ARTH 3

Art Therapy Workshop: Clinical Methods

3.00

ARTH 4

Art Therapy Practicum 1

3.00

ARTH 5

Art Therapy Practicum II

3.00

ARTH 8

Survey in Creative Arts Therapies

3.00

One of the following:

ARTH 6

Art Therapy Research Seminar

3.00

ARTH 385

Honors Tutorial

3.00

ARTH 386

Honors Tutorial

3.00

Art Studio & History Courses

ART 2

Studio Foundation I

9.00

ART 3

Studio Foundation II

6.00

ART 20

Advanced Photography

3.00

ART 21

Printmaking

3.00

ART 31

Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture 1

3.00

ART 35

Sculpture 1

3.00

ART 59

Survey of World Art I

3.00

ART 60

Survey of World Art II

3.00

CGPH 16

Digital Imaging

3.00

One of the following:

ART 11

Life Drawing I

3.00

ART 12

Life Drawing 2

3.00

One of the following:

ART 13

Painting 1

3.00

ART 43

Watercolor

3.00

Psychology Courses
One of the following:

PSY 1

General Psychology I 

3.00

PSY 2 

General Psychology II
3.00
PSY 3 Principles of Psychology I 4.00
PSY 4 Principles of Psychology II
4.00
And    
PSY 25

Developmental Psychology: Childhood

3.00
PSY 26 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence  3.00
PSY 63 Abnormal Psychology 3.00

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 60
Minimum Major Credits: 60
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.00
Minimum Major GPA: 2.00


CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean