Students may add this 15-credit program in the expressive and creative arts to any of the Master of Arts degree programs to earn the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in the Professional Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts. The CAGS programs is also designed for individuals who already have a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, medical care-giving, education, fine arts, humanities or a related field from another university and would like to learn how to incorporate the expressive and creative arts into their professional work.
This program provides students with an opportunity to specialize in the intermodal uses of the expressive and creative arts in counseling, education, the arts, medical care-giving, the corporate environment or any human service profession. This concentration is designed for students who wish to work professionally with individuals and groups to foster personal growth, transformation, and creative development.
The focus in this advanced studies program is on the integration of the visual arts with movement/dance, sound/music, and expressive writing as a tool for transformation and the evolution of consciousness. Attention is given to this intermodal approach and how the various modes of expression can be used in holistic counseling as well as a variety of other professional applications. Emphasis is given to the theoretical applications of each modality, and the scientific basis that supports the integration of the expressive and creative arts into multiple contexts. The program offers students an opportunity for hands-on personal work. The ability to participate in this experiential work is an essential aspect of the program.