Beginning in the 2014-15 catalog, Lindenwood University will offer an emphasis in Pre-Art Therapy designed to provide 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 Pre-Art Therapy emphasis explores the interaction of the visual arts with psychological theories and practices, seeking to use the skills learned in the arts to help in a clinical setting. Beginning with a major in Studio Art, students are taught a broad range of media in preparation for the flexibility expected of working professionals in the field, encouraging process over product; then a minor in Psychology addresses the necessary clinical and diagnostic approaches used, and the statistics necessary to interpret data; and, finally, Arts Education classes and internships in the field give students the necessary hands-on experience sought after in graduate study.
The program emphasizes preparation for graduate training in clinical art therapy. Students who successfully complete a degree in Pre-Art Therapy should continue on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Art Therapy.
Degree to be offered:
BA Studio Art with Minor in Psychology and emphasis in Pre-Art Therapy
For more information, contact:
Dr. James Hutson
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