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Dance/Movement Therapy, MS

Graduate, MS
Creative Arts Therapy
School of Art



Both the MPS in Art Therapy and Creativity Development and MS in Dance/Movement Therapy masters are 60-credit programs providing a synthesis of creative, aesthetic, and psychotherapeutic theory. Courses offer a thorough theoretical frame­work that is translated into personal and practical application through an experiential process. Artwork and/or movement is done in every course and is used to learn therapeutic skills. Students focus on a wide variety of populations and are required to work with a different population for each of the two years of fieldwork/internship/practicum. Both programs are for students who want a broad body of skills, balanced with a strong theoretical framework.

Academic-Year Format

The academic-year format offers classes in a traditional manner, with classes in fall and spring semesters, for 15 weeks each semester.  The cycle of classes is as follows: students take courses and fieldwork/practicum/internship from September through May for two consecutive years. Students in the low-residency format are admitted for the spring semester only.

Plan of Study

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and utilize their own internal processes in service of therapeutic interventions.
  • Students will comprehend and apply creative and aesthetic processes in the context of creative arts therapy theory and practice.
  • Students will be able to establish a therapeutic relationship using imagery, movement, symbolization, and verbalization; and recognize shifts within that developing relationship.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of psychodynamic theory within the context of creative arts therapy practice in the service of diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing evaluation.
  • Students will be able to articulate clinical theory and applied practice through writing, research, oral presentation, and professional advocacy across broad interdisciplinary communities.  
  • Students will be able to apply ethical and professional codes of practice as they apply to clinical practices, communities, and self.
  • Students will be able to understand the intersectionality of power, privilege, and oppression as they apply to clinical practices, communities and self.