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Courses & Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (24 credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

In this 51-credit major, students engage in an in-depth liberal arts education that integrates traditional and progressive approaches to the behavioral sciences, a strong introduction to art therapy theory, visual arts studio education, and community-based service learning opportunities. The innovative, carefully designed curriculum blends the intellectual and experiential traditions of East and West perspectives.

The curriculum encompasses art therapy courses as well as significant credits in visual arts, world art history, and psychology, with a field placement incorporated into the senior year. Students in this program benefit from a robust foundation leading to a sound undergraduate understanding of art therapy, the therapeutic qualities of art, and experiential appreciation for contemplative studies related to art, psychology, and social needs. This program is held in the School of the Arts to further support the development of a personal and group artist identity.

Program Highlights

The program cultivates academic excellence and contemplative awareness, fosters a framework to develop a thriving studio practice, and the educational and experiential foundation to probe more deeply into art therapy by continuing your education in Naropa’s Graduate School concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy or another art therapy graduate program.

Contemplative Art Therapy Major Requirements

Required Courses

Drawing & Perception
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