Art Therapy


Minor in Art Therapy
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Arts and Humanities


Michael Cripps
Academic Director and Professor, School of Arts and Humanities

Michael Burman
Academic Director and Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minor Description

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Arts and Humanities jointly offer a Minor in Art Therapy.

Art Therapy is a burgeoning field that draws from the disciplines of psychology, art, and other creative processes to promote healing and overall well-being for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

The minor provides a basic foundation for continued study or for work in community art programs and organizations where art is used as part of the therapeutic process.

The permission of the Academic Director in either the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences or the School of Arts and Humanities is required.

Curricular Requirements

A student with GPA of at least 2.25 and a major at UNE may minor in Art Therapy with the approval of the academic director of the School of Art and Humanities or the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Declarations must occur prior to the completion of the first semester of the junior year. Major programs of study with significant course overlap with art therapy minor requirements may be disallowed by the Academic Director.

The minor in Art Therapy requires a total of 21 credits (12 from Psychology and 9 from the Arts) with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course. Courses may not be used to fulfill both major and minor requirements. For example, students who must complete PSY 205, Abnormal Psychology, as part of their major may not also use this course to fulfill the Art Therapy requirement. Those students should instead complete either PSY 295, Listening and Communication Skills, or PSY 310, Children and Stress.

Required Psychology Courses Credits
PSY 105 – Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 205 – Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 410 – Theories, Research, and Practice of Counseling 3
PSY 430 – Introduction to Art Therapy 3
Total Required 12
Required Art Courses (Select 3) Credits
ART 100 – Drawing I 3
ART 101 – Watercolor 3
ART 102 – Photography 3
ART 103 – Introduction to Image Capture 3
ART 104 – Painting I 3
ART 105 – Elements of Acting 3
ART 106 – Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 110 – Ceramics 3
ART 113 – Three-Dimensional Fundamentals 3
ART 114 – Printmaking 3
ART 118 – Drawing and Design Fundamentals 3
ART 124 – The Painted Book 3
ART 199 – Topics Courses (any media) 3
ART 206 – Expressions in Clay 3
ART 214 – Color Digital Photography 3
ART 234 – Digital Animation 3
MUS 104 – Introduction to Singing Voice 3
MUS 150 – African Drumming Ensemble 3
Total Required 9
Total Required Credits for Minor 21

In the event that the above courses have been taken to fulfill requirements for the Art Education Major or an Art Minor, students will be required to take 9 credits from the following options:

Alternate Courses Credits
ART 102 – Photography 3
ART 103 – Introduction to Image Capture 3
ART 114 – Printmaking 3
ART 199 – Art Topics Course 3
ART 204 – Painting II 3
ART 214 – Digital Photography 3
ART 230 – Graphic Design 3

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives.

All courses completed must be no older than five years.

Other restrictions apply.

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.