Program Curriculum Overview
There are 3 modules in this program – Experiential Training, Theoretical Foundations, and Applied Practice. These modules run concurrently and total 500 in class hours. In addition, each student will complete a 150 hour off-site Practicum component and 150 hours of Client Administration.
|Experiential Training Module
|Theoretical Foundations Module||150 hours|
|Applied Practice Module||200 hours|
|Client Administration||150 hours|
Experiential Training Module
These experiential courses offer an in depth exploration of the inter-modal arts based approach, that is the foundation of expressive arts education and practice. There are six core areas of learning. These core areas are taught as individual intensive courses that emphasize areas of the arts and the movement between the expressive arts modalities in practice. Each of the core experiential courses looks at the writings in the field of expressive arts and applies experiential learning to arts-based theory in practice and in discussion.
Experiential Training Module courses are intended to encourage learners in a self-directed exploration and understanding of the various media, processes and the language of inter-modal expressive arts practice. The courses will introduce a training model that provides a framework for applied expressive arts practice and the exploration of expressive arts practice through personal experience and reflection. The courses will follow a format of experiential learning, class discussion, lecture and video presentation.
- Exp. Arts Practice and Visual Arts
- Exp. Arts Practice and Movement
- Exp. Arts Practice and Poetry, Storytelling and Narrative
- Exp. Arts Practice and Sound
- Exp. Arts Practice and Drama and Play
- Exp. Arts and Intermodal Training
Theoretical Foundations Module
These theoretical courses offer an in depth exploration of the theory of expressive arts and its application to practice and leadership. There are six core areas of learning. These core areas are taught as individual intensive courses that emphasize the way in which theory informs expressive arts practice. Each of the core theory courses look at the writings in the field of expressive arts and their application to arts based theory in practice and in discussion. Expressive Arts Theory Training Group Courses are intended to encourage learners in a self-directed exploration and understanding of the literature, research, processes and the language of the field of intermodal expressive arts practice. The courses will introduce foundational theory and provide a framework for applied expressive arts practice. The courses will follow a format of lecture, class discussion, experiential learning and video presentation.
- Community Arts and Social Practice
- Expressive Arts in Contexts
- Human Development
- Understanding Human Behaviour, Health & Wellness
- Somatic Foundations in Expressive Arts
- Professional Ethics and Assessment in Expressive Art
Applied Practice Module
This module will focus on the embodiment of advanced practice skills and their integration in the professional application of expressive arts work in the community. The module will provide a framework for applied and advanced expressive arts practice. The courses will follow a format of lecture, class discussion, experiential learning and writing.
- Expressive Arts Method and Practice
- Expressive Arts Fieldwork Supervision
Each student will complete 150 direct contact hours while participating in an off-site practicum. Students enter diverse community settings where they have the opportunity to apply the principles of practice learned in class. The practicum integrates experiential learning, theory and practice; students embody their work as professionals and develop strength and clarity in their own unique application of the practice.
Some examples of our placements sites are as follows: schools and educational settings, agencies for specific populations such as special needs or elder-care, residential in-care settings such as women’s shelters, addictions treatment and harm reduction facilities, community arts organizations, community development organizations and more. Students are encouraged and assisted in developing placements in areas of particular interest to them.
Students are supported by a liaison person from the hosting organization who acts as their supervisor while onsite and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other professionals. Whenever possible, students are mentored at sites where expressive arts graduates are employed.
Each student will complete 150 hours of indirect client administration related to their practicum work, which involves planning, organizing and reviewing materials.