Bachelor's

Creative Arts in Therapy (B.S)

The B.S. in Creative Arts in Therapy is a multi-disciplinary program 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 complete a concentration in dance, music, theatre, or visual arts, and are trained to help people find or maintain their own mind/body solutions. They work with individuals, groups and families to facilitate creative growth. In addition to fundamental skills, students gain the theoretical background and applied experience necessary for graduate studies or employment in human services. 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 career at Russell Sage College.

Required Supporting Courses

  • Complete all of the following:
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
12-13

Concentrations

  • Complete one of the following concentrations in dance, music, theatre, or visual art.
     
Sub-Total Credits
24-33

Concentration in Dance

  • Complete the following:
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
24

Concentration in Music

  • Complete the following:
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
33

Concentration in Visual Arts

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
24

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.

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
  • Completion of 60 liberal arts and sciences credits (minimum)
  • Completion of all required General Education coursework
Total Credits
78-88
Course Sequencing

The following is a general schedule for the CAT major. 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
CAT 201 Intro to Creative Arts in Therapy
Concentration Course (CAT)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
RSC 101 Thriving at Sage
WRT 101 Writing in Community

Year 2 - Spring
WRT 201 Researching in Community
CAT Concentration Course
General Education course
Elective

Year 2 - Fall
CAT 207 Practicum I: CAT with the Individual
CAT Concentration Course
General Education Course
RSC 201 Intercultural Perspectives

Year 2 - Spring
CAT Concentration Course
PSY 208 Developmental Science
General Education Course
Elective

Year 3 - Fall
PSY 308 Abnormal Psychology
CAT Concentration Course
General Education Course

Year 3 - Spring
CAT 307 Practicum II: CAT in Groups
CAT Concentration Course
RSC 301 Innovating to Impact
General Education Course
Elective

Year 4 - Fall
CAT 407 CAT Integrated Experience
CAT 430 Seminar II: Elements of Therapeutic Flow
CAT Concentration Course
PSY 406 Personality Theory
General Education Course

Year 4 - Spring
CAT Concentration Course
CAT 442 Seminar III: Family Creative Arts in Therapy
General Education Course
Elective
Elective