Creative Arts & Health Certificate | Bachelor's Program
  • Creative Arts Therapy

    The certificate program in Creative Arts and Health* is a nine-course sequence culminating in a 100-hour fieldwork experience. There are four tracks, each emphasizing a particular healing modality—Art, Music, Drama, and Dance/Movement.

    * This certificate program does not lead to licensure and is not licensure eligible.

    The courses integrate mind-body techniques such as creative visualization, guided imagery, mindfulness, and therapeutic touch with more traditional arts therapy and psycho-educational approaches. Fieldwork opportunities are available in diverse settings. Our distinctive curriculum encourages students to work in multiple artistic modalities while developing general therapeutic insights and skills.

    The certificate is offered for college credit for undergraduate students who wish to incorporate the curriculum into a bachelor's degree program, for example, in psychology or education studies. It can provide an introduction to the profession of creative arts therapy, which requires a graduate degree; the bachelor-level courses would not be acceptable toward a graduate-degree in creative arts therapy. Creative arts therapists integrate arts modalities and creative activities into the practice of psychotherapy in clinical settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, outpatient psychotherapy clinics, special education, and private practice.

    The practice of psychotherapy in New York is restricted to individuals who are licensed by the State Education Department and registered to practice creative arts therapy, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychoanalysis, medicine, licensed clinical social work, psychology or registered professional nursing. An individual who practices any restricted professional activity including psychotherapy without authorization may be charged with a felony under the Education Law.

    The HEGIS code for the Certificate in Creative Arts and Health is 5299.00. Permanent records are maintained and transcripts are available for all certificate students.

    Note: The New School certificate is a certificate of completion and not a professional certification or registration. Professional credentials and titles, including Board-certification, are awarded by professional associations to individuals who meet those requirements. A professional certificate does not authorize the practice of any profession in New York.


    The Creative Arts and Health certificate program is currently accepting only students who are matriculated in a degree program at The New School.

    Prospective students must normally have completed a minimum of 30 college credits prior to applying for the certificate program, including at least two studio courses in a creative art (music, dance, theater, or visual art) and at least two courses in psychology, human services, or counseling, or else they must have professional experience equivalent to these course prerequisites. Individuals who lack some or all of the course prerequisites but can demonstrate motivation and ability may be admitted provided they arrange to complete the prerequisite courses in conjunction with the certificate curriculum. (Note that the certificate courses cannot be counted as part of the 30 prerequisite credits.)

    Prospective students should read the FAQ. Then download the Application Form and instructions (PDF). Return the completed form and other requested documents to:

    Creative Arts and Health Certificate
    The New School for Public Engagement
    66 West 12th Street, 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10011

    The deadline to submit an application is three weeks prior to the first day of the academic term (fall, spring, summer) in which you wish to start taking courses. Please direct all questions about eligibility and admission procedures to the program office: email or call 212.229.5567.

    Provided space is available, individual courses, except the fieldwork, may be taken by anyone who meets the education prerequisites, whether or not they intend to complete the certificate program. Permission of the program office is required to register. However, certificate approval cannot be awarded retroactively to noncredit students. Students who require an official record or transcript must register as certificate or credit students.

    Undergraduate Degree Students

    Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at The New School may, by choice of electives, be able to earn the Certificate in Creative Arts and Health in conjunction with their bachelor's degree. Interested students should consult with their academic program advisor. The New School for Public Engagement offers the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (including a degree in psychology) in a program designed specifically for working adults and transfer students.

    Students who take the certificate program courses for general undergraduate credit and subsequently apply and are admitted to a New School for Public Engagement undergraduate program can usually apply their Creative Arts and Health courses toward the bachelor's degree requirements. Contact the coordinator of academic services at The New School for Public Engagement: or 212.229.5615.

    University Certificate Policies

    General policies governing New School certificate programs apply. Certificate students must have their courses approved by the program coordinator before they register. Noncredit certificate students receive grades of AP (pass) or NA (fail). Credit students receive a letter grade; certificate approval requires a grade of C or better. Academic requirements may vary with the course but are always the same for noncredit and credit students registered for certificate status. All courses must be taken at The New School for Public Engagement. Students who successfully complete the Creative Arts and Health course of study can file the Petition for Certificate form available from the registrar's office. The New School confers certificates three times a year, in January, May, and August.

  • The New School has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 216.284.5000

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