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    Boston College Experience: Psychology of the Arts

    Boston College Experience: Psychology of the Arts


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Psychology, Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Art is a deep, if not intrinsic, part of human nature which connects to our creativity and unique abilities for abstract symbolism and language. Artistic development in human societies stretches from prehistoric cave paintings to Greek tragedies. As civilizations have developed increasingly complex technologies and the psychosocial processes they facilitated, we arrive at contemporary forms of art. 

    In this class, we will explore the research in psychology on creativity and creative expression, as well as understanding the role of the artist in society. While there are many forms and mediums of artistic expression, we focus on visual, music, dance, film, theater, and literature. In analyzing these works of art in this class using various psychological theories, we can better appreciate both the creative process as well as its impact on audiences. In this class, we’ll also be introduced to the healing power of artistic expression and appreciation as well as psychotherapies that incorporate art directly into treatment. Additionally, we will talk about art in the community and the power of art as social discourse and activism. Students should be prepared to be active participants in class and to read occasionally challenging scientific literature. 

    Faculty: Javier Rizo

    Cost and Session Information

    Session 3: 7/21–8/2