Creative Arts Therapies are Universal

Integrating psychology and the arts, the Creative Arts in Therapy program offers learning opportunities with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, helping them find and maintain mind/body solutions.


With concentrations in Visual Art, Music, Dance and Theatre, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from to diversify your field of study. In this Troy-based program, there is equal focus on the arts, psychological theory and practical clinical skills such as interviewing. Learn to be a clinician through countless opportunities for hands-on integrative experiences.


Faculty in this program have years of experience, and continue to work directly in the field, allowing them to share real-life practices in the classroom.

This provides students with access to up-to-date professional guidelines,  real-world scenarios and networking opportunities for internship placements and employment. 

Program Distinctions

You’ll receive direct, hands-on experience in this program — more than in most undergraduate programs. You’ll complete two practicums and a senior internship, providing you training with many different populations. This allows you to make a choice about the future of your career with a better understanding of what the field is like.

Articulation Agreements

Sage has developed partnership agreements with several 2-year colleges to guarantee admission to the Creative Arts in Therapy Program for qualified students. Russell Sage College has articulation agreements with:

“The Capital Region offers tremendous opportunities for internship placements …”

Leigh Davies
Associate Professor, Creative Arts in Therapy
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Your Future

Go right into the workforce after completing the program, or continue your education through a graduate program to specialize in one area. With this degree, the options are endless.


As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared to study:

  • art, dance, music or theatre therapy
  • social work
  • counseling
  • psychology
  • art education

A graduate degree is required in order to be licensed in many of these areas, however there are also jobs available without a graduate degree. Graduates of the program have worked as an activities director, early childhood worker, family support worker, volunteer coordinator, arts specialist and addiction support counselor. 

Graduate Studies

By completing this program, you’ll have the skills  needed to tackle graduate school and become licensed in the area of your choice. Many graduates continue on to our Occupational Therapy program, or to pursue a degree in counseling applied behavior analysis, social work, child life, art, music, dance or drama therapy — or even certification in psychodrama. 

Learning Experience

Professors in this program are committed to helping students learn to approach the world through a lens of wellness, contribution and creativity. Meditation, solution-focused therapy and positive psychology are some of the influences explored.

Real-World Experience

You’ll have many opportunities to work hands-on in this program, especially through practicum courses and the senior-integrated experience. Professors will match you with an internship based on what you’re interested in studying. 


Students have interned at Albany Medical Center, Parsons Child and Family Center, Ellis Hospital, St. Anne Institute, Wildwood, The Eddy, Albany County Jail, public schools and many other locations.


They have gone on to pursue law degrees, Occupational Therapy degrees, to work in higher education, to become doulas, activities directors, recreation therapists, social workers, Creative Arts Therapists and art teachers. 

Program Objectives

As a Creative Arts in Therapy student, you’ll learn how to work with diverse populations to help them access the creative resources needed to reach their goals. 

The goals of the program are to prepare you to:

  • enter the workforce with the understanding and skill set to work with people with diverse needs, resources and goals
  • continue your studies in graduate school and become licensed in a variety of fields

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