The study of Art Therapy—its methadology, its uses, its strengths—opens doors for the clients we serve. It opens up the door to recovery and self awareness, communication and healing.
Our faculty are practitioners in the field, which means that what's experienced one day with a client can be used the following day in class to bring light to discussions. The committment to the disciplines and deep knowledge of art and psychology by the professors in our department is a major strength for the art therapy students.
Boston is world-renowned for it's medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, just to name a few. Our location in the heart of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area gives our students access to professionals in the field and incredible internship opportunities.
Art Therapy has deep roots in the Boston area, but is at the same time considered "new" and "emerging" to many facilities and organizations. Studying Art Therapy at Emmanuel prepares you to pursue a Master's in this emerging field.
Pre-Professional Program Information
This program is designed to introduce students to the field of art therapy and enable students to use art in a therapeutic and experiential way with a variety of populations. It prepares students for entry-level positions in a number of human services settings, such as social service agencies, hospitals, psychiatric institutions, child care or specialized school programs, and other community settings.
As a pre-professional program, students also become prepared for application and entry into leading professional master's degree programs in art therapy and certification as an art therapist. Program components include a studio major, courses in biology and psychology, and a culminating senior thesis and clinical practicum which provides students with the opportunity for field experience. Practicum sites include rehabilitation centers, hospitals, residential facilities, nursing homes and day care centers.Back to Top
Requirements for Pre-Professional Program in Art Therapy
ART1401 Basic Drawing I
ART1407 Introduction to Digital Processes
ART2401 Painting I
ART2403 Design and Composition
ART2433 3D Form Studies
ART4417 Senior Studio
* Art therapy majors are not required to take ART1402 Basic Drawing II but may take it as an elective.
ART2301 Introduction to Art Therapy
ART3301 Principles of Art Therapy
ART4365/4366 Art Therapy Practicum I & II
ART1201 Survey of Art I or ART1202 Survey of Art II
ART2215 Modern Art
BIOL1102 Human Biology
PSYCH1501 General Psychology
PSYCH3211 Theories of Personality
PSYCH3212 Abnormal Psychology Thesis
Recommended: PSYCH2405 and PSYCH3601