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Electives open to all Columbia College students

Electives open to all Columbia College students

Undergraduates and graduate students of all majors are invited to take electives from the Creative Arts Therapies Department (formerly the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Department) that enhance the professional application of their degree. The department also offers an Arts in Healthcare Minor to undergraduate students. 

70-4800J-01/70-5800J-01 Performance As Therapy

Performance involves preparation through engagement on many levels, intrapersonally and interpersonally. It includes being immersed in the creative process, feedback on the emerging creation, and its integration. While there is an ongoing reflective dialogue between the process and the product, it also involves intense decision making and community building. This entire process is witnessed through choreographer/director, co-directors, and the self and culminates in being witnessed by an audience, both known, and unknown. This performance process, including rehearsals, will be explored for its therapeutic impact and value. Dance/movement therapy methods and technique will be examined and expanded. Community projects will be introduced. 

70-4810J-01/70-5810J-01 Introduction to Creative Arts Therapies

This course allows students to experience a sampling of the creative arts therapies as a means of assisting them in recognizing the scope of practice along the continuum of arts and therapy in healthcare.  In addition, this course invites students to examine their own creative process through the lens of a theoretical model.  Guest lecturers present on their field of creative arts specialty, including art, music, dance, and drama.  Emphasis is placed on the creative process and the students’ experience with it.  

70-4830/70-5830 Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy

This course introduces students to the theory and application of expressive arts therapy. According to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, the expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. The students will safely experience the creative process across expressive media.

Questions? Email Paul Holmquist, pholmquist@colum.edu.