Columbia College Chicago

Creative Arts Therapies

Columbia College Chicago offers master's degree and graduate certificate programs in the arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of the arts to healing. Students pursue advanced study in small, selective programs that are grounded in history and theory and shaped by the trends of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of award-winning faculty, students prepare to advance their careers, shape the future of their disciplines, and affect meaningful change in their communities.

Graduate Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, MA

One of six programs in the nation approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, Columbia’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA trains you to use dance and movement as a tool for healing in schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and other settings. Graduates can qualify for Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credentials and sit for the National Counseling Exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.

Alternate Route, Graduate Certificate

If you have an MA in counseling, psychology or a related field, consider Alternate Route Certification to earn your Registered Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credentials. This one- to two-year program offers curriculum focusing on dance/movement therapy theory and practice, includes a clinical internship, and is preapproved by the American Dance Therapy Association.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis

Learn to apply Rudolf Laban’s theory of movement analysis to body/mind therapies, dance, theatre, education, performance, athletics and rehabilitation. In this integrated graduate-level curriculum, you’ll study Laban’s taxonomy in depth, hone your observation skills and earn certified movement analyst (CMA) credentials. Weekend classes make this program ideal for working adult learners.

Gainful Employment Disclosure (GL-CMA standalone)Gainful Employment Disclosure (GL-CMA with MA in DMTC)Gainful Employment Disclosure (GL-CMA with Alternate Route Certificate in DMTC)

Movement Pattern Analysis Consultant Certificate

Movement is a powerful way to understand human motivation and behavior, even in the workplace. Columbia’s Movement Pattern Analysis Certificate Program is unique: As the only program of its kind in the world, this graduate certification trains you to analyze individuals’ movement patterns to help organizational leaders better manage teams and increase worker efficiency.

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