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Expressive Arts Therapy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
The professional major in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University is designed for students interested in learning about the theory and philosophy of expressive arts therapy and how professionals utilize expressive arts therapy modalities of dance/movement, drama, music, poetry and the visual arts in integrated ways in working with children and adults in a variety of settings.
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The Expressive Arts Therapy program offered by Lesley University prepares students for entry-level positions in a number of human services settings, such as social service agencies, child care programs or specialized school programs, and other community settings. It is also designed to prepare students for entry into a professional Master of Arts degree program in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling. This program combines pre-professional courses in the human services with substantial coursework in psychology and the arts. Students will complete over 400 hours in the field. 

To successfully meet the requirements of the Expressive Arts Therapy major, students will:

  • develop multimodal proficiency, synthesizing the identity of an integrated artist with that of a helping professional.
  • demonstrate an understanding of modality-specific applications of Expressive Therapies within a context of the helping profession, through engagement in experiential learning.
  • be able to critically analyze social science research and utilize their understanding to enhance their development within the field of Expressive Therapy.
  • show an understanding of normal and abnormal psychological development within a cultural context.
  • demonstrate a capacity to utilize multicultural global perspectives in their approach to understanding Expressive Therapy practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling admission after the deadline.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits

    30 credits plus 19 credits of experiential learning

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Principles of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Integrated Arts Approaches
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Studio

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Official SAT/ACT test scores (without essay) will be required for applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for applicants to both undergraduate colleges
  • Students applying to BFA programs in the College of Art and Design must also submit a digital portfolio of 12-20 pieces.
  • If you are dually enrolled in college coursework or simply taking some college level classes, you may submit official college transcripts electronically through a variety of secure sites such as, but not limited to; Parchment, Credential Solutions, E-Scrip Safe, Clearinghouse, Naviance/Common Application, JST Services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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