2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Mar 08, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts Certificate of 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 spirit. Emphasis is on helping to support wellness, self-realization and wholeness.

A Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts is offered - in the department of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts. This CGS is specifically designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, healthcare, 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.

Our program utilizes multi-modal and intermodal expressive arts creative process as ways to enhance the range and depth of the training.  The focus in this Certificate of Graduate 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 the fields of the helping professions 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 arts 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 Graduate Certificate program may be fulfilled by taking either the following three foundation 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 non-credit foundation course in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts offered by the 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. Students must apply for admission to the Expressive Arts Institute non-credit course through the program coordinator.

Admissions Criteria

Students must apply for admission into this CGS program through the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. Acceptance is competitive and based on a minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average on the graduate or undergraduate transcript and a minimum 3.30 (B+) grade point average in each prerequisite expressive arts course as it is completed. Students who have successfully completed the Expressive Arts Institute foundation course in lieu of the three prerequisite courses must have a satisfactory recommendation from each of the expressive arts faculty.  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 expressive arts faculty.

The application process includes an official transcript of the master’s or bachelor’s degree, a transcript of the completed prerequisite courses, or the recommendation of the program coordinator and expressive arts faculty if the Expressive Arts Institute is the substitute prerequisite, along with a nonrefundable application fee.