Expressive and Creative Arts
Salve Regina University’s graduate certificate program in expressive and creative arts inspires positive transformation through the arts and creative expression. Our vibrant program trains counselors, therapists, social workers, educators, artists, wellness practitioners and workshop leaders to integrate the expressive and creative arts with the helping professions.
Change the World Through the Arts
Our graduate certificate program uses a holistic, multi-modal approach to the professional application of the expressive and creative arts, concentrating on an integration of visual arts with movement, sound, theater arts and expressive writing. Through guided study and hands-on experiential work, students gain the skills needed to practice the expressive and creative arts in counseling, therapy, education, health care, community organizing or any profession in which personal expression and creative development are essential.
Courses are available at our Newport campus and are offered in an innovative hybrid format, featuring intensive weekend workshops accompanied by independent study modules to further assimilate the learning and practice.
Number of Courses
$2,010 per course
Salve Regina's graduate certificate in expressive and creative arts is designed for practitioners who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and are seeking continued professional development. To create a synergistic dual training in expressive arts therapy and clinical mental health counseling, students may co-enroll in one of our graduate programs in counseling. Students with a bachelor's degree pursue the Certificate of Graduate Studies, while students with a master's degree and students who are co-enrolled in one of our master's degree programs pursue the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies.
Students who wish to enter the program complete three foundation courses or attend the Expressive Arts Institute, a three-weekend, non-credit training course in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts.
- HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound and Music
- HLC582: Introduction to Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation
- HLC584: Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction
- HLC604: Self Discovery Through the Expressive and Creative Arts
- HLC610: Expressive Theater Arts and Movement: A Multi-Modal Approach to Creativity and Transformation
- HLC611: Group Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts
- HLC613: Expressive Writing for Personal Growth and Transformation
- HLC615: Utilizing Expressive Sound/Music and Theater Arts for Creativity and Healing
HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound and Music
This course offers an introduction to the uses of expressive sound and music as a vehicle for growth and transformation. Through exercises and discussion, this course explores how expressive sound can be utilized to help release tensions, express emotions and calm the nervous system. Class experiences draw upon various sound-based modalities, including breathing practices, vocal toning, deep listening, rhythm explorations and improvisation as part of an intermodal expressive arts approach. This course also introduces ways to adapt and utilize these practices with others in a variety of professional settings.
HLC582: Introduction to Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation
This course explores the expressive and creative arts as a therapeutic and educational tool for transformation, self-discovery, physical healing and the evolution of consciousness. Using the body-mind’s inner language of imagery, students learn how to access, release and transform nonverbal sensate impressions of feelings and emotions through a variety of integrative arts processes. Through hands-on exercises, students begin to recognize the difference between verbal and imagistic expression, and how that recognition can help resolve conflicts between thoughts and feelings. This course also introduces ways to utilize the transformative process with others in a variety of professional settings.
HLC584: Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction
This course introduces a variety of experiences to help students to develop a clearer understanding of the body/mind/spirit connection; to increase awareness of the creative, psychological and spiritual potential as revealed through the body; and to develop an understanding of each student’s unique tools and responsiveness through movement. Movement as an expression of and path toward increased consciousness is explored as part of an intermodal expressive arts approach. Students also explore ways of working with others as they work to access experiences which can then be processed and integrated for a more expressive and fully embodied life.
HLC604: Self Discovery Through the Expressive and Creative Arts
This course provides experiential opportunities for creative self-discovery using various integrated expressive arts modalities. It offers discussion segments that explore the importance for our time and culture of engaging our connection to our own individual creativity and inner wisdom, and the effect doing this can have on the growth of personal and collective consciousness. The principal emphasis is on individual work using personal process, in-class discussions, outside assignments and the development of a self-discovery creative/visual journal. This course is offered in a hybrid format, involving weekend experiential intensives along with guided study time for personal and professional integration.
HLC610: Expressive Theater Arts and Movement: A Multi-Modal Approach to Creativity and Transformation
This course offers opportunities for experiential work in the expressive and creative arts as applied to a variety of professions. The emphasis is on the modalities of expressive movement and theater arts, with the integration of visual arts and writing interwoven as part of the approach. The multi-modal approach reflects upon the ways that one mode of expression informs another, so a deeper understanding of the interplay of modalities, as an intermodal process, is another area of learning. This course is offered in a hybrid format, involving weekend experiential intensives along with guided study time for personal and professional integration.
HLC611: Group Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts
This course explores central concepts and approaches to using the expressive and creative arts in various group settings and considers applications for a variety of group and community levels. Students learn how to design and implement a group program with appropriate uses of various arts modalities. In a specific area of professional interest, students develop a proposal for a group program demonstrating the benefits to a specific group or community. This course is offered in a hybrid format, involving weekend experiential intensives along with guided study time for personal and professional integration.
HLC613: Expressive Writing for Personal Growth and Transformation
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of expressive writing as a transformational tool that can facilitate emotional, physical and spiritual healing as well as self-discovery, personal growth and conflict resolution. Students learn how to adapt and integrate expressive writing into their own professional areas of specialization through class discussions and in-class writing exercises that emphasize an intermodal expressive and creative arts approach to writing. This course is offered in a hybrid format involving weekend experiential intensives along with guided study time for personal and professional integration.
HLC615: Utilizing Expressive Sound/Music and Theater Arts for Creativity and Healing
This course focuses on vocal explorations and toning, elements of music for self-discovery and community-building, creativity and music, and recreational music making. This course combines theory with practical exercises that demonstrate how to incorporate the practices of deep listening and mindfulness into programs for healing and education. Through discussions and the utilization of sound and music-based exercises, students learn how to adapt and integrate elements of expressive sound and music into their own professional areas of specialization. This course is offered in a hybrid format, involving weekend experiential intensives along with guided study time for personal and professional integration.
Courses are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work one-on-one with students to follow their individual goals while serving as mentors for incorporating the training within a variety of professional pathways.
Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.