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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 career at The Sage Colleges.


Degree Requirements

CAT Courses (All Concentrations)


CAT 201 Introduction to Creative Arts in Therapy: Grief and Creative Healing : 3 Credits
CAT 207 Practicum I: Creative Arts in Therapy with the Individual * : 3 Credits
CAT 307 Practicum II: Creative Arts in Therapy in Groups * : 3 Credits
CAT 330 Seminar I: Child Development and Creative Arts : 3 Credits
CAT 407 Creative Arts in Therapy Integrated Experience * : 3 Credits
CAT 430 Seminar II: Elements of Therapeutic Flow : 3 Credits
CAT 442 Seminar III: Family Creative Arts in Therapy : 3 Credits

Complete two of the following, one from the area of concentration: 6 Credits
CAT 211 Introduction to Art Therapy
CAT 213 Introduction to Dance Therapy
CAT 216 Introduction to Music Therapy
CAT 218 Introduction to Theatre Therapy

Total credits of CAT courses required: 27

Supporting Courses

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 Credits
PSY 308 Abnormal Psychology : 3 Credits
PSY 406 Personality Theory : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following: 3-4 Credits
PSY 202 Human Development
PSY 203 Childhood and Adolescence
PSY 208 Developmental Science: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood

Total supporting courses required: 12-13 Credits

Concentration in dance, music, theatre, or visual art: 30 Credits
See requirements for each concentration below *
* Concentrations


Creative Arts in Therapy: Concentration in Dance   
Total DAN credits required for concentration: 30 Credits

 
DAN 212 History of 20th and 21st Century Dance : 3 Credits
DAN 213 Dance Medicine : 3 Credits
DAN 226 Creative Movement for Children : 3 Credits
DAN 404 Performance Repertory : 3 Credits
DAN 425 Choreography : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following : 3 credits
DAN 111 Introduction to Modern
DAN 250 Studio Modern

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
DAN 241 Introduction to Jazz
DAN 345 Studio Jazz

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
DAN 231 Introduction to Ballet
DAN 347 Studio Ballet
DAN 235 Tap Dance Techniques
DAN 349 Studio Tap

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits 
DAN 316 Composition
DAN 320 Improvisation

Complete one of the following : 3 credits 
DAN 405 Senior Project
DAN 410 Honors Project
 
Creative Arts in Therapy: Concentration in Music
Course Work

 
MUS 111 Basic Musicianship I : 3 Credits
MUS 112 Musicianship II : 3 Credits
MUS 208 Masterpieces of Music : 3 Credits
MUS 216 Vocal Technique/Conducting : 3 Credits
MUS 231 Guitar : 1.5 Credits
MUS 316 Women’s Chorus (four semesters @ 1.5 credits) : 6 Credits
MUS 217 American Musical Theatre

Complete one of the following (three semesters @ 1.5 credits): 4.5 Credits
MUS 315 Applied Music: Instrumental
MUS 318 Applied Music: Piano
MUS 319 Applied Music: Voice

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
MUS 405 Senior Project
MUS 410 Honors Project

Total credits for concentration in Music: 30
 
Creative Arts in Therapy: Concentration in Theatre
Course Work

 
THR 103 Acting I: Storytelling/Improvisation : 3 Credits
THR 203 Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study : 3 Credits
THR 205 History of Theatre : 3 Credits
THR 225 Voice and Text : 3 Credits
THR 248 Special Topics in Theatre : 3 Credits
THR 303 Acting III: Performance Style : 3 Credits
THR 304 Directing : 3 Credits
THR 405 Theatre for Young People : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following:
THR 209 History of American Theatre : 3 Credits
THR 212 Modern Theatre : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
THR 406 Senior Project
THR 410 Honors Project

Total credits for concentration in Theatre: 30

 
Creative Arts in Therapy: Concentration in Visual Art
Course Work

 
AFA 101 Beginning Drawing : 3 Credits
AFA 105 Two-Dimensional Design : 3 Credits
AFA 106 Three-Dimensional Design : 3 Credits
AFA 203 Beginning Painting : 3 Credits
AFA 215 Figure Drawing : 3 Credits
AFA 231 Ceramics I : 3 Credits
AFA 317 Drawing II : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
AFA 204 Intermediate Painting
AFA 248 Special Topic:

Completeone of the following: 3 Credits
ART 206 Art History II
ART 207 History of Modern Art
ART 214 Contemporary Art

Complete one of the following: 3 Credits
AFA 405 Senior Project
AFA 410 Honors Project

Total credits for concentration in Visual Art: 30
 
Total credits in major: 69-70

Electives: 21-22 Credits

RSC General Education Courses: 29 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: 14.5-16 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 Elective (1.5 credits - 3 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)