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Preparatory Art Therapy Concentration

Step onto an integrated path towards becoming an art therapist.

The preparatory art therapy concentration combines foundational coursework in psychology, art and art therapy with core interdisciplinary studies research courses and an internship. The concentration is a structured program to prepare you for candidacy to a clinical graduate program in art therapy.

In this program, you will:

  • Utilize fundamental skills and concepts of contemporary art
  • Participate in critical discussion of your artwork and the art of others
  • Trace the history and progression of core knowledge in psychological theory and practice
  • Articulate an introductory understanding of the nature of the field of art therapy
  • Integrate additional individually designed degree goals in a capstone project


Minimum of 180 total quarter credits
Minimum of 60 upper-division credits
Minimum of 45 credits from Marylhurst
62 credits required for major

Core Courses - 6 credits

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Concentrated Study - 50 credits

Art Courses (27 crs.)
- Drawing, 9 crs.
- Painting, 9 crs.
- Sculpture, 9 crs.

Psychology Courses (18 crs.)
Personality Theory
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Counseling Theories & Strategies: Level One
and 6 crs. of psychology electives

Art Therapy Courses (5 crs.)
Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop
Art Therapy Media & Methods
and three additional 1-cr. art therapy workshops

Senior Project - 6 credits

Senior Project Proposal
Interdisciplinary Studies Internship  or  Compassion in Action: Service Learning Seminar
Senior Paper Seminar I
Interdisciplinary Studies Portfolio

Please see current Marylhurst University catalog for complete information.

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