2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

The Expressive & Creative Arts Graduate Program offers integrative courses and training
 in the use of the Arts as a vehicle for personal growth, well-being, and transformation,
 for a variety of Professional Settings and Applications. As part of our holistic approach to education and wellness, courses present approaches working on levels of the physical, the cognitive, the emotional and the spiritual. Emphasis is on helping to support wellness, self-realization and wholeness.

Students may combine  this 15-credit program in the expressive and creative arts with 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, including Salve Regina University’s Master’s programs in Counseling or in Leadership.  The CAGS program is also designed for individuals who already have a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, healthcare, education, leadership, 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 experiential training program provides students with an opportunity to specialize in the intermodal uses of the expressive and creative arts in counseling, education, the arts, healthcare, 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, wellness, and creative development.

Our program utilizes multi-modal and intermodal expressive arts creative processes to enhance the range and depth of the training.  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.


The prerequisites for the certificate may be fulfilled by either taking the following three courses: HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound and Music ; HLC582: Introduction to the Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation  and HLC584: Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction  or by completing the three-weekend foundation course in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts offered by the University’s Expressive Arts Institute.

If a student falls below a minimum 3.30 (B+) grade point average in any one of the three prerequisite expressive arts courses, he/she will not be allowed to take any further expressive arts courses unless an exception is made by the program coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions Criteria

Students must apply for admission into this CAGS program through the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education and must be approved by the expressive and creative arts program coordinator. Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on a minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average on the graduate transcript, whether the degree is completed or partially completed. Those students who take the for-credit courses (HLC535 ; HLC582 ; HLC584 ) as their prerequisite for the certificate program rather than the non-credit Expressive Arts Institute must have at least a 3.30 (B+) grade point average in each prerequisite expressive arts course.

Students who have successfully completed the Expressive Arts Institute’s noncredit foundation course must have a satisfactory recommendation from each of the expressive arts faculty to be accepted into the CAGS program. Students must also have the ability to fulfill the requirements of the program according to accepted standards of the profession as deemed essential by the faculty.