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Creative Arts in Therapy (B.S.)


Creative Arts in Therapy is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates many areas of study, including Psychology and the Arts. Art Therapy is designated as a mind-body approach by the National Institute of Health. Students of Creative Arts in Therapy are trained to help people find or maintain their own mind/body solutions. They work with individuals, groups and families to facilitate creative growth. A balanced combination of 30 credits in an art form (dance, music, theatre, or visual art); 27 credits in creative arts in therapy courses, seminars and practica; and 12 credits in support courses in psychology is required. In addition to fundamental skills, students gain the theoretical background and applied experience necessary for graduate studies or employment in human services. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.000 in the major in order to participate in the senior internship (CAT 407). More information is available from the Creative Arts in Therapy coordinator.  In order to be registered and board certified in Creative Arts in Therapy it is necessary to acquire an advanced degree.

All students concentrating in any of the performing arts must perform at least once during their Russell Sage College career.

Degree Requirements


Total credits of CAT courses required: 27


Total supporting courses required: 12-13 Credits


Concentration in dance, music, theatre, or visual art: 30 Credits


See requirements for each concentration below *

Total credits in major: 69-70


General Education Requirements – not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses


General Education Breadth Requirement : 18 credits


  • Humanities- History : 3 credits
  • Humanities- Literature & Languages : 3 credits
  • Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (in discipline other than PSY)  : 3 credits

Electives: 21-22 Credits


Total credits required for degree: 120


*Practicum and Internship Requirements


Students are responsible for transportation arrangements to and from practicum and internship settings. Yearly physical examinations and immunizations are required by most Creative Arts Therapy practicum and internship placements. In addition, many of these settings require students to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal history review. Students are responsible for the costs of these processes. Information regarding how to meet these requirements is provided by the program.

Transfer Policy for Visual Arts Concentration


All transfer students concentrating in the visual arts must complete six credits of studio work and the senior project at Russell Sage College, regardless of prior college experience.

Suggested Course Sequence


The following is a general schedule for each of the concentrations in the CAT major.

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning your course schedule. Other course sequences are possible. Consult your advisor or the CAT Program Coordinator. Note also that one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting elective and/or general education slots around to allow one to pursue other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts. Please check with your advisor about course availability and two-year rotations.

 

Year 1- Fall: 14.5 credits

  • WLD 101 (4 credits)
  • CAT 201 (3 credits)
  • PSY 101 (3 credits)
  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • SST 111 or SST 121 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 14.5 credits

  • WLD 201 (4 credits)
  • Requirements in Concentration/Art Form (6 credits)
  • CAT 21X Introduction to Concentration/Art Form Therapy (3 credits)
  • SST 112 or SST 122 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 15 credits

  • CAT 207 (3 credits)
  • CAT 21X Introduction to Concentration/Art Form Therapy (3 credits)
  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 16 credits

  • PSY 208 (4 credits)
  • PSY 324 (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 15 credits

  • CAT 330 (3 credits)
  • PSY 308 (3 credits)
  • Requirements in Concentration/Art Form (6 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 15 credits

  • CAT 307 (3 credits)
  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (6 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 15 credits

  • WLD 401 (3 credits)
  • CAT 430 (3 credits)
  • CAT 407 (3 credits)
  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 15 credits

  • Requirement in Concentration/Art Form (3 credits)
  • CAT 442 (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)