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.

This certificate in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts is designed for individuals with a background in human services fields such as counseling, psychology, social work or education who are seeking to incorporate the use of the expressive and creative arts into their professional settings. The program is also applicable for creative artists and workshop leaders looking to bring their passion for the arts to leading, creating and facilitating the creative process with others.

The program utilizes an intermodal approach to integrate the visual arts with dance/movement, sound/music, expressive theater arts and expressive writing with a holistic framework. Coursework blends hands-on experiential work with theoretical frameworks and research for understanding the utilization of the expressive and creative arts to the fields of psychotherapy, medical caregiving, education, community service, business and industry or any other profession in which personal expression and creative development are essential.

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:

  • HLC604: Self Discovery Through the Expressive and Creative Arts
  • HLC610: Expressive Theater Arts and Movement: A Multi-Modal Approach to Creativity and Transformation
  • HLC611: Group Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts
  • HLC613: Expressive Writing for Personal Growth and Transformation
  • HLC615: Utilizing Expressive Sound and Music for Creativity and Healing

Courses are offered in a hybrid, two-weekend, class-intensive format with guided study modules between each weekend.

Prerequisites

Students who wish to enter the program must first complete the following foundation/introductory courses, 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.

  • HLC582: Introduction to the Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation (Typically held during the fall semester, this three-credit course is offered in a two-weekend class format with a guided study module between weekends.)
  • HLC584: Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction (Typically held during the spring semester, this is a two-credit, two-weekend intensive course.)
  • HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound (Typically held during the spring semester, this is a one-credit, one-weekend course.)

Admission to the expressive and creative arts program 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.