ARTS-132: Introduction to Art Therapy

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTS-132 Introduction to Art Therapy

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 class hour, 2 studio hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course.

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

An overview of the history of Art Therapy, its principles and techniques. The course will cover the developmental stages of art from childhood through adult life and explore various approaches used in Art Therapy to deal with physical and emotional disabilities and developmental delays. Students will participate in a variety of art experiences in order to develop an understanding of the art process, its implications in therapy and its potential to facilitate growth and health.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the history of art therapy and its relationship to the field of psychology. 

  2. Identify the behavioral and psychological effects of different media used in art therapy. 

  3. Integrate media, image and metaphor to demonstrate a better understanding how art can be used therapeutically. 

  4. Integrate background information, personal observations and objective criticism as concepts are presented throughout the semester.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Projects, exams, presentations and class participation. 

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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