Art therapists are licensed psychologists with at least a master’s degree in either art therapy or a master’s degree with a concentration in art therapy.  A bachelor’s degree is required to get into an art therapy graduate program.  The Art Therapy Preparation Minor at Westfield State University meets all coursework and portfolio requirements necessary to gain admittance into a graduate program in Art Therapy.  The minor requires 36 credits of coursework (12 classes), but is only an additional 18 credits for art or psychology majors (6 classes).  Art majors should take at least 6 of the following PSYC classes and Psychology majors should take at least 6 of the following ART classes.  Other majors will be required to complete all 12 credits.

Portfolio Review:

If you've requested admission to the Art Major on your application form, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review by the Art Department’s faculty.

Requirements

Program Description

Art therapists are professional providers with at least a master's degree in either art therapy or a master's degree with a concentration in art therapy. A bachelor's degree is required to get into an art therapy graduate program. The Art Therapy Preparation concentration at Westfield State University meets all coursework and portfolio requirements necessary to gain admittance into a graduate program in Art Therapy.

Requirements for Art Majors

One of the following:

Note:

** Students completing Art Teacher Licensure Programs must take ART 0108 Introduction to Computer Graphics as their art elective.

Art majors are required to take ART 0106 and ART 0107, to satisfy the Appreciation of the Arts requirement of the common core.

Art majors must complete a minimum of 27 credits of course work within the Art Department at Westfield State. Students are advised to consult their advisors for information on course sequencing and general core requirements.

Art majors intending to pursue graduate work beyond their major are advised to take additionally recommended studio courses of their choice. It is also advisable to include more than the minimum requirements in Art History.

Art Therapy Preparation Concentration For Art Majors

This concentration requires 36 credits of coursework (12 classes), but is only an additional 18 credits for art or psychology majors (6 classes). Art majors should take at least 6 of the following PSYC classes.

Psychology Courses - 18 credits:

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.