At a glance: Preart Therapy
Did you know? Ohio Northern students have a 100% acceptance rate to art therapy programs (e.g. Seton Hill, Wayne State, Indiana University and Nazareth College).
The field of art therapy can be a powerful career to help people better understand themselves and their world. ONU’s pre-art therapy program prepares students to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates mastery of skill and knowledge to enter graduate school (Masters in art therapy). The flexibility of the program also allows students to minor in psychology. Visit the department's web site.
Students pursing the pre-art therapy option follow the course requirements in the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Arts program. It is a pre-professional course of study designed by expert faculty that supplement a student’s studio arts major and better prepares students for a career.
The BFA program primarily integrates fine art courses from the department of art and design with liberal arts studies and courses from the psychology department.
- Comprehensive curriculum gives students exposure to 2-D and 3-D form, theory and practices.
- Professors are dedicated artists, designers, teachers, scholars and mentors.
- Opportunities abound for internships at graphic and advertising design firms, museums and many other businesses and organizations.
- Visiting artist program brings to campus accomplished artists and designers.
- Study Abroad programs in locations such as Italy, Ireland and France expose students to the exciting and wide world of culture and art.
- Numerous talent awards and scholarships are granted to gifted students.
FacilitiesThe Department of Art and Design is housed in the Wilson Art Center for the Visual Arts, providing students with updated equipment, resources, wireless capabilities and a stimulating environment in which to work. Most beginning courses meet in the drawing studio, which is well-equipped with drawing tables, group work stations, and storage space to meet the individual needs of students. The students also have access to the design computer studio. This space contains the latest Macintosh computers, scanners, color and black and white laser printers, digital cameras, updated software and a small periodical library. A design studio, located next to the computer studio, is well equipped with drafting tables, light board tables and group work stations. Most class presentations take place in the lecture room, located adjacent to the visual resource library. This department library contains thousands of slides to numerous videotapes, DVDs and books for instruction.
The students' senior capstone projects are displayed in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The gallery is connected to the classroom-studio building by a loggia and is used to display work of artists of invited exhibitions and student shows throughout the year. Other studio/classrooms located in the Wilson Art Center include a painting studio and a printmaking studio. A variety of gas electric, soda and raku kilns and furnaces are adjoined to the ceramics and sculpture studios.
- Psi Chi: the national honor society in psychology
- Psi Sigma: the psychology and sociology student club
- Kappa Pi: the national art honorary
- Student Art League: student club to further the students’ art education outside the classroom.
The department of art and design is committed to teaching and learning through an intensive, structured and sequential program of design studies and liberal arts education. Our goal is to develop students as creative, productive and intellectually curious designers capable of historical and cultural insight, critical thinking and technical proficiency in an area of emphasis. The University and Department has programs in place to assist students with internship acquisition, career search upon graduation and student-employer networking opportunities. All pre-art therapy graduates have gone on to get advanced degrees.
By earning degrees that provide the theory, skills, and supervised experience needed to practice art therapy, graduates can effectively work with diverse clients in a variety of settings. Art Therapists work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, alternative educational settings, prisons, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, residential group homes, veterans homes and shelters, day treatment centers, halfway houses, burn centers, pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sheltered workshops, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and in private practice.