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.
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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 qualify for Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credentials and can sit for the National Counseling Exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.Learn about the student experience
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.
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.Learn about the student experience
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.Learn about the student experience
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