CGS or CAGS in Expressive and Creative Arts

Our Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs provide students with opportunities for professional development without the formal pursuit of a graduate degree, while the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs provide students with opportunities to continue their graduate studies upon completion of a master’s degree program.

The certificate in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts is designed for individuals who have a degree in such fields as education, psychology or social work and seek to incorporate the expressive and creative arts into their professional work.

To earn this certificate, students complete five courses (15 credits). Students who wish to earn the CAGS add these courses to the 48-credit M.A. in holistic counseling or the 36-credit M.A. in holistic leadership.

Required courses:

  • Self Discovery Through the Expressive and Creative Arts
  • Expressive Theater Arts and Movement: A Multi-Modal Approach to Creativity and Transformation
  • Expressive Writing for Personal Growth and Transformation
  • Utilizing Expressive Sound and Music for Creativity and Healing
  • Group Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts

Each course is three credits, offered in a hybrid, two-weekend, class-intensive format with guided study modules between each weekend.

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to the Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation (a three-credit course offered in a two-weekend class format with a guided study module between weekends)
  • Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction (a two-credit, two-weekend intensive course)
  • Special Topics: Introduction to Expressive Sound (a one-credit, one-weekend course)

Students who wish to enter the program in expressive and creative arts must first complete the above three prerequisites in holistic counseling, or they may attend the Expressive Arts Institute, a three-weekend, non-credit educational training program in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts.

Admission to the expressive and creative arts programs is competitive and based on a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on the undergraduate or graduate transcript and a minimum 3.30 GPA in each prerequisite course. Students who successfully complete the Expressive Arts Institute in lieu of the three prerequisite courses must have a satisfactory recommendation from all faculty members in the institute.