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Movement Pattern Analysis Certificate (MPAC)

Movement Pattern Analysis Certificate (MPAC)

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Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

What is Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA)?
What does an MPA consultant do?
Who utilizes MPA?
What is the structure of the curriculum?
What is unique about the MPAC program?
Is MPAC right for me?
What is the schedule?
How can I apply?
How much does it cost?
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What is Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA)?

Developed by dance/movement theorist Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) and management consultant Warren Lamb (1926 - ), MPA is an application of Laban Movement Analysis that extends the study of dynamic nonverbal expression, traditionally associated with the performing arts, into the realm of business.

MPA provides a powerful way to understand individual motivation and behavior in the workplace.  Every individual’s distinctive approach to making decisions is embodied in characteristic patterns of integrated movement.  Through objective observation, these indelible and unique physical signatures can be discerned and related to decision-making processes.  The result is an ideographic profile of a person’s action and interaction characteristics.  MPA profiling helps individuals understand themselves better and make decisions more effectively.  It also helps working teams appreciate individual differences and use this knowledge to collaborate more productively.

For an in-depth introduction to MPA, please read the "Beginner's Guide to Movement Pattern Analysis" by Carol-Lynne Moore. A video explaining MPA is also available here.

What does an MPA consultant do?

During the process of a relaxed interview, the MPA consultant observes and records an individual’s movement patterns and constructs a movement profile. Referencing this individual’s movement profile, the consultant identifies the individual’s decision making process and working style. The consultant then shares how the individual’s movement profile might complement—or clash with—his/her current responsibilities. The consultant also provides the individual with strategies to best utilize his/her unique profile.

Likewise, the consultant interviews other team members and considers each movement profile within a team context: How will these team members work together? What strengths and challenges will arise as they work with each other and with the outside world? The consultant examines individuals’ interaction styles and decision making preferences and advises management on how to increase the team’s effectiveness, efficiency, job satisfaction, and job performance in a way that supports company goals.

business people static and moving

Who utilizes MPA?

Since 1965, over 30,000 individuals have been profiled and over 400 organizations have utilized MPA. Some examples include:

  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • General Electric Company
  • General Motors
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hoover
  • Kodak
  • The US Department of Defense

What is the structure of the curriculum?

MPAC is a 10-credit certificate program that consists of four courses. Courses include Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Movement Pattern Analysis I, Movement Pattern Analysis II, and a Team Building Practicum. Introduction to Laban is a 3 day course, whereas the other courses occur one weekend per month (Friday and Saturday) over the course of a year. 

In the certificate program, students learn to do the following:

  • Observe, identify, and analyze specific habitual patterns of movement/non-verbal communication.
  • Understand the theory and framework of Movement Pattern Analysis.
  • Explore and apply interviewing techniques applicable to Movement Pattern Analysis.
  • Interpret the patterns of movement/non-verbal communication through the Movement Pattern Analysis framework.
  • Understand team analysis and team building principles through Movement Pattern Analysis and their application into management consultation.

Executives with profiles completed

What is unique about the MPAC program?

MPAC is multi-modal education for body and mind.   Because understanding movement patterning is central to the profiling process, students are expected not only to observe and analyze movement factors reliably, but also to be able embody various aspects of nonverbal behavior.  Consulting techniques incorporate verbal explanation and counseling along with nonverbal coaching and the development and delivery of movement tutorials for individuals and experiential seminars for working teams.

Students experience the MPA process first hand: by having their own profiles constructed and interpreted and by working with this information for personal development across the program.  In addition, each student will complete a team-building project in collaboration with another student.

Coursework is delivered in a small group setting by qualified Movement Pattern Analysis consultants and Arts Entertainment and Media Management faculty.  Individual tutorials round out the educational process by providing personal guidance in curriculum areas such as movement observation and analysis, profile interpretation, and consultative strategies with individuals and groups. 

Is MPAC right for me?

Training in Movement Pattern Analysis is appropriate for individuals who

  • have a deep interest in understanding other people through the disciplined observation and analysis of movement behavior
  • are engaged in counseling, coaching, and other forms of individual consultative relationships
  • work in human resource, leadership training, and organizational development contexts

What is the schedule?

The MPAC is primarily a weekend format (Friday-Saturday) meeting for one weekend a month. Note: those who have never taken an Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis course must attend Introduction to Laban (1 credit).

MPAC Course Schedule for the 2014 - 2015 cycle:

Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 - 1 credit
Introduction to Laban (if not yet taken)
April 25-27, 2014 or August 13-15, 2014

Fall 2014 - 3 credits, Movement Pattern Analysis I 70-6900-01

September 26-27

October 31-November 1

November 21-22

December 12-13

Spring 2015 - 3 credits, Movement Pattern Analysis II 70-6920-01

February 6-7

March 6-7

April 3-4

May 8-9

Summer 2015 - 3 credits, Team Building Practicum 70- 6930-01

June 12-13

July 10-11

August 7-8


How can I apply?

Applications are available online through the Graduate Admissions web site, colum.edu/gradstudy.

How much does it cost?

Please contact the department at 312-369-7697. Also note that the Warren Lamb Scholarship (page 2) is open to MPAC students

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624 S. Michigan Avenue Suite 1100

Chicago, IL 60605

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