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Creative Arts in Therapy (B.A.)

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 3.0 in the major in order to participate in the senior internship (CAT 407). More information is available from the Creative Arts in Therapy coordinator and the Director of Advisement. 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 Credits

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

See requirements for each concentration below *

Total for major courses: 69

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

Natural Sciences: 6 Credits

Quantitative Reasoning Course: 3 Credits

Cross-Cultural Course: 0-3 Credits

Electives: 27-30 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.

First Year

1st Semester

Total: 13.5 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 16.5 Credits

Second Year

1st Semester

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

Third Year

1st Semester

  • PSY 308 - Abnormal Psychology : 3 Credits
  • Requirement in Concentration (Art Form) : 6 Credits
  • Gen. Ed: Cross-Cultural or Elective : 3 Credits
  • Electives : 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

Fourth Year

1st Semester

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

Creative Arts Therapy (B.A.)/Occupational Therapy (M.S.) 3+2

The Creative Arts Therapy major provides an excellent pathway to a career in Occupational Therapy. Sage has developed an innovative 3+2 program where students can complete their B.A. in Creative Arts Therapy and M.S. in Occupational Therapy in just over five years of academic coursework and fieldwork. Students who choose this program will have faculty advisors in both the Creative Arts Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments.

The sequence listed below begins with the courses first year CAT majors should take. To complete the number of courses required for this major in the three-year sequence noted below, students will need to enroll in 18-19 credits in four of the six undergraduate semesters. Alternatively, students may choose to complete some coursework over the summer semester.