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Art Therapy

Student helps child make art.The Art Department offers an interdisciplinary Art Therapy major. This is a combined art and psychology program, focused on intensive training for students who want to bring the healing, nurturing qualities of art to help adults and children in need. In schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and in other public and private institutions dedicated to the crucial part of health care, the art therapist brings the joy of artistic activity to the relief of the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged.

The Art Therapy Major is provided with foundation studies in Studio Art and training in psychology to prepare for graduate work as an art therapist. The state-approved B.S. and B.F.A. degrees can lead to professional registration as an art therapist once the student completes a Master's degree.

The submission of a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for admission as a B.F.A. Art Therapy major. Freshmen and transfer students entering the B.S. Art Therapy program may submit a portfolio for assessment, advisement, and consideration for an art scholarship.

Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their art courses in the Art Department at The College of New Rochelle.

All methodology courses in Art Therapy are taught by a registered art therapist. Students in Art Therapy may also complete the School of Arts & Sciences program for initial Teacher Certification: Visual Arts Grades K-12 (see Art Education for Teacher Certification: Visual Art K-12 requirements).

Senior Show: Reconstructing the Self

Lena Fin and Maria Fiorenza
January 22 to February 14, 2015
Bridge Gallery, Mooney Center second floor

Lost by Maria FiorenzaPhoenix by Lena FinThis exhibition is comprised of female portraits that, through the lens of fantasy, show agency and the face of frustrations, anger and triumphs.

In images in popular culture, there is a pressure for women to convey a level of passivity and submissiveness. By using color, line, texture, and form, we manipulate the mood of the works, reconstructing images into portrayals of the inner self that express these extreme emotions as well as capture empowerment through their bold gestures.

In each body of work, we create feminine characters that are vocal and fully involved in the moment.  Through collage and digital media, we aim to portray an antithesis to the image of the blank-stare model.

(Left: Lost, by Maria Fiorenza. Right: Phoenix, by Lena Fin.)

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS | BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires 60 credits in Liberal Studies and 60 credits in Professional Studies and studio electives.

In addition to studio foundations, colloquia, and art history requirements, students completing a B.F.A. degree in Art Therapy take advanced studio electives and professional courses in Art Therapy. B.F.A. Art Therapy majors must complete an internship and may elect to complete a research paper. B.F.A. majors must participate in a group senior exhibition; a senior who has demonstrated outstanding competency may be chosen by the Art Department faculty to present a solo exhibition. (Please note: the B.F.A. degree programs in Art Therapy require more than 120 credits.)

Required Courses

Included in the 60 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190/191 Freshman Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290/291 Sophomore Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390/391 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490/491 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

B.F.A. Art Therapy majors must pass colloquia and seminars with a minimum grade of C-.

II. Art History (12 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe (3 credits)
  • ARH 375 Art Since 1945 (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art

III.  Psychology (12 credits)

  • PSY 110 - General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 222 - Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
  • PSY 243 - Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 361 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

IV.  Physical Education (0 credits)

  • PHE 148 Introduction to Dance Movement
  • PHE 248 Introduction to Dance Therapy

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits in Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Professional Studies (Art Therapy) (9 credits)

  • ATH 201Z - Orientation to Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 202Z - Theory and Techniques of Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 395Z/495Z - Internship (3 credits)

III. Professional Studio (Advanced Electives) (36 credits)

The B.F.A. Art Therapy major must take 36 credits in advanced studio electives.

IV. Senior Thesis, Senior Project, and Senior Exhibition (3-9 credits)

All B.F.A. candidates must register for ART 497Z/499Z Senior Project in their senior year. A candidate for the B.F.A. degree participates in a group exhibit that demonstrates a proficiency with new work based on a theme or specialization in conjunction with a group theme. Seniors who demonstrate outstanding competency may be chosen by the faculty to present a solo exhibition. B.F.A. candidates may also elect to enroll in ATH 494 Senior Research: Art Therapy (0-3 credits) and complete a research paper in Art Therapy.

The Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 60 credits in Liberal Studies and 60 credits in Professional Studies.

In addition to studio foundations, colloquia, and art history requirements, students completing a B.S. degree in Art Therapy take advanced studio electives and professional courses in Art Therapy. B.S. Art Therapy majors must complete an internship, participate in a group senior exhibition, and may elect to complete a research paper.

Required Courses

Included in the 60 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190/191 Freshman Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290/291 Sophomore Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390/391 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490/491 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

II. Art History (9 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe
    • ARH 375 Art Since 1945

III. Psychology (12 credits)

  • PSY 110 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 222 Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
  • PSY 243 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 361 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

IV. Physical Education (0 credits)

  • PHE 148 Introduction to Dance Movement
  • PHE 248 Introduction to Dance Therapy

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits of Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Professional Studies (Art Therapy) (9 credits)

  • ATH 201Z Orientation to Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 202Z Theories and Techniques of Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • ATH 495Z Internship: Art Therapy (3 credits)

The Art Therapy internship is supervised by an art therapist in a therapeutic setting.

III. Professional Studio (Advanced Electives) (27 credits)

The B.S. Art Therapy major must take 27 credits in advanced studio electives.

IV. Senior Thesis, Senior Project, and Senior Exhibition (3-6 credits)

All B.S. Art Therapy majors must register for ART 497Z/499Z Senior Project, and participate in a group exhibition of a retrospective nature in their senior year. B.S. candidates may also elect to enroll in ATH 494 Senior Research: Art Therapy (0-3 credits) completing a research paper in Art Therapy.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Art Scholarships

Students intending to major in art (studio art, art therapy, art education or art history) are invited to submit a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces for review by the Art Department faculty. Portfolios should be appropriately mounted and protected — no glass or frames. Three-dimensional work is best represented in slides or digital images.

Scholarships of up to $4,000 may be awarded on a rolling basis, and are renewable.

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Recent internship sites:

  • Four Winds Hospital, Katonah
  • Rye Psychiatric Hospital, Rye
  • Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco
  • Blythedale Children's Hospital, Valhalla
  • Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Conn.
  • NY Hospital Medical Center, White Plains
  • Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale
  • Rivington House Women's Shelter, New York City
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital Psychiatric Treatment Center, New York City