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

Art 18 credits (6 classes)


Drawing 1 Design Fundamentals 3D Design 1 Computer Graphics 1 Pottery 1 Painting 1

Students are required to create a portfolio of 10 - 12 images each of different media/materials with a media/material not presented twice in the portfolio. A faculty member from the Art Department will assist and approve this portfolio as a requirement towards the completion of the concentration.

Requirements for Psychology Majors

Psychology majors must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Department at Westfield State University.

Required Courses - 12 Credits

Content Courses - 18 Credits

Capstone Experience - 3 Credits

Electives in Psychology - 6 credits

2, 200 or 300-level psychology courses with advisement

Department Assessment Post-Test

CORE Lab Science - 4 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.