B.A. Art Therapy
Courses

120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Art TherapyFeatured Courses

As a student in the art therapy major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the art therapy profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various art therapy careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Art TherapySample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Art Therapy: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Sample Course Listing

Semester 1

ART 103
Observational Drawing
An exploration of the foundational aspects of mark-making, this course is a study in drawing what you see. Emphasis will be placed on observational, expressive and compositional aspects inherent to drawing through the use of various black and white and color media.
3
credits
ART 145
Digital Imaging
Explores capturing, digitizing and editing images with an emphasis on meeting aesthetic and technical requirements of the graphic design industry. Students will learn to color-correct, manipulate, retouch, enhance and composite digital images.
3
credits
ART 203
Two-Dimensional Design
Explores the elements and principles of composition, systems of organization, and the exploration of two– dimensional media. This course provides an analysis of the interaction between visual subject matter, form and content. Emphasis on perceiving formal relationships in natural and artistic contexts. Initial study in color theory and color relationships.
3
credits
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
The course is a survey of psychology as a natural science and a social science. As a study of human behavior and the mind, the course examines current sub-areas of psychology with attention to neurology, the environment, situation and experience, and the self. Throughout the content, the course also considers how presuppositions in philosophy and theology intersect, integrate, and conflict with views on the human condition.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 2

ART 200
Art Therapy
Provides students with an overview of the history of art therapy and the profession of art therapy including theories and various populations. Includes a hands-on art workshop.
3
credits
ART 205
Three-Dimensional Design
An essential foundation in the process of making dimensional objects. Projects explore different techniques in production of form through additive and subtractive means. There will be an emphasis on formal production by strongly considering the elements and principles of design in the making of objects in space.
3
credits
ART 271
Art History I
A historical survey of the art and architecture of European and near Eastern cultures prior to the Renaissance; art of Islam, Oceana and the native arts of the Americas.
3
credits
PSY 221
Lifespan Development
This course will address the entire range of the human life chronologically from the moment of conception through death focusing on the physical, cognitive, social and personality development of each chronological period. Basic theories, research findings, and practical applications will be discussed.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 3

ART 207
Moving Image
An introduction to history, practices, and strategies related to time-based media with an emphasis on video. Students will work both individually and collaboratively to explore temporal formats that involve sound, editing, continuity, writing, and other narrative and non-narrative techniques. An introduction to basic technical skills related to the various production phases of video and other media.
3
credits
ART 243
Ceramics
Cover a range of concepts, traditions and techniques that are specific to the discipline of ceramics. Projects will revolve around the topics of space, structure and form. Techniques and processes including hand building, surface treatment, wheel thrown techniques and glazes will be covered. Through making, skills will become more developed providing a higher sense of confidence with the medium while allowing for more control over objects and projects. Course fee.
3
credits
ART 272
Art History II
A study of painting, sculpture and architecture from early Renaissance through 19th century styles. The art of the Eastern cultures of China and Japan will also be explored.
3
credits
PSY 341
Group Techniques
A seminar–laboratory approach for the study of group work and the group process as they apply to the self, the classroom, youth work, business, and society.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 4

ART 161
Visual Studies
Visual Studies will place an emphasis on the development of higher-level critical thinking skills and a broad introduction to the aesthetic vocabulary of form, concept, criticism and historical theories in the visual arts. Students will develop skills to articulate and defend critical positions about artists, works of art and art exhibitions.
3
credits
ART 325
Painting
Exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in painting that deal with a variety of problems in basic structure, elements of space, and surface quality.
3
credits
PSY 345
Social Psychology
Social influences on the social and psychological development of the individual; the interaction process, role relationships, development of beliefs and attitudes, dynamics of social groups. Same as SOC 345.
3
credits
MATH 122
Introduction to Statistics
The fundamentals of elementary statistics, data collection and analysis, probability, distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 5

ART 223
Water Based Media
Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of water based media; various techniques and styles for personal expression.
3
credits
ART 273
Art History III
A study of the diverse movements within the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture and photography from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. Recent developments in art theory will be emphasized.
3
credits
PSY 442
Introduction to Counseling
This introductory course is designed to assist the student to 1) reflect upon attitudes as a helping person 2) increase ability to use a problem management model 3) acquire the various skills that undergird an effort to effectively listen and respond to another person and 4) develop a personal philosophy of helping.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 6

ART 213
Integrated Materials
An exploration of the intuitive process of drawing and the spatial language of sculpture, challenging the boundaries between the two, this course will focus on creating a unique dialog based on symbolism and metaphorical content.
3
credits
ART 235
Digital Photography
Explores photography as an art form. Development of a critical eye for photography through historical and cultural context, as well as in-class group critiques. An introduction to technical and creative strategies such as exposure, lighting, color, perspective, and editing. A focus on thematic and conceptual projects that require students to challenge how they see and understand the world through a lens.
3
credits
PSY 445
Abnormal Psychology
Reviews theories and methods which underlie the classification and study of as well as responses to abnormal behavior.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 7

ART 214
Figure and Time
An exploration of the dynamic human response to time and space, this course is a study of the human figure through an assortment of drawing approaches, time-based exercises, and performative strategies. An exploration of identity, embodiment, and representation as practiced through collaborative drawing reconnects eye to hand, mind to body, and individual to community.
3
credits
ART 315
Printmaking
Students learn to use selected printmaking techniques such as woodcut, etching, drypoint, aquatint, screen printing.
3
credits
ART 489
Portfolio and the Art Vocation
A guided plan of study resulting in a professional print and digital portfolio, resume', job search process, business interview etiquette and attire, and planning for post-graduate career opportunities.
3
credits
PSY 451
Personality Theory
A study of the dynamic organizations within the human organism of those psychophysical systems that determine the individual’s unique adjustments to his/her environment. Empirical and speculatory viewpoints are studied with careful differentiation between surface and depth factors. A variety of personality theories are explored for direct applicability to the work of teacher, counselor and enabler.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 8

ART 301
Methods of Art Education
Prepares to teach art history, art criticism, art production, and aesthetics in the elementary classroom. Provides opportunity to identify, understand, and evaluate children’s art work. Explores two and three dimensional media and the production of an art curriculum.
2
credits
ART 425
Inter-Media
A study of the history and theory of collage. Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of two dimensional collage, assemblage relief, and installation. Conceptual development through the presentation of various techniques, theories, and approaches.
3
credits
Total Credits
5
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Art Therapy Faculty

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