The art world is by no means a cut and dry, black and white field.  Reflecting this notion, the Art Program at The College of New Rochelle aims to maintain as much flexibility as possible.  The faculty will assist you in customizing your major to fit your career and creative goals.  Through its constantly evolving curriculum, the program will empower you with the options and the diverse background you need to pursue your career.

The heart of the Art Program is the three-semester foundations program that consists of a series of different courses in a variety of artistic media and art history.  Following the foundations program, students are free to take elective courses and begin specializing in a particular area of art.

The Art Department offers a pre-professional program in art therapy.  Entrance into the field of art therapy at the professional level requires a master's degree or graduate-level training in institutional or clinical programs.  The American Art Therapy Association Education Committee provides guidelines for undergraduate programs that prepare students in the basic areas of the arts and the behavioral and social sciences.  Utilizing these guidelines, the Art Department has developed the Art Therapy Program.


In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree in Art Therapy requires 60 credits in liberal studies.  These courses must include:
  • Freshman Art Colloquium
  • Sophomore Art Colloquium
  • Junior Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Survey of Western Art
  • Survey of Indian/Islamic or Eastern or African Art
  • Twentieth Century Art in Europe or Art Since 1945
  • General Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Dynamics of Group Process
In addition, Art Therapy majors must complete the following professional studies courses:
  • Design Foundation I
  • Design Foundation II
  • Design Foundation III
  • Fundamentals of Drawing
  • Figure Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Painting
  • Fundamentals of Sculpture
  • Orientation to Art Therapy
  • Theories and Techniques of Art Therapy

Finally, the Art Therapy major presents a senior thesis and participates in a group show.  Each Art Therapy student must also complete a three-credit internship supervised by an art therapist in a therapeutic setting.