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 & Counseling, MA


This program provides a profound interweaving of the two disciplines. Learn how to use dance/movement as a modality for change and healing in your counseling in a variety of clinical settings, including: schools, hospitals, out-patient programs, nursing homes, community centers, rehabilitation and correctional facilities.

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Drama Therapy & Counseling, MA


As a Drama Therapy & Counseling student, you'll learn the psychotherapeutic use of the theatre arts, gaining extensive knowledge of the body and how its systems affect expressive and communicative aspects of movement. Counseling courses are interdisciplinary, allowing you to collaborate with Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling students on learning experiences and artistic processes. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to take the Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) Exam in Illinois and apply for Alternate Route certification in Drama Therapy through the North American Drama Therapy Association.

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Alternate Route Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy


Alternate Route Certification is available to students with an MA in Counseling Psychology or a related field. Upon graduation, Alternate Route students are eligible to earn their Registered Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credentials from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). Alternate Route Certificate students attend DMT classes along with Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling students.

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Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis


This certificate program teaches you how to apply movement analysis in a therapeutic and artistic setting. You’ll receive a comprehensive study of movement meaning and its application to body/mind therapies, dance and theater education, and the performing arts. Take theory into practice by applying the links between Laban’s theory of movement and the processes of expressive and somatic arts.

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Movement Pattern Analysis 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. This program is currently being redesigned and is scheduled for relaunch in 2017.

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