Department of Creative Arts Therapies Faculty of Fine Arts
The MA in Creative Arts Therapies, Drama Therapy option, combines drama and theatre with various therapeutic approaches. This approach to healing encourages individuals to articulate emotions in a less traditional way, giving people a non-verbal option to navigate difficult issues and subjects. Our faculty members employ diverse approaches to drama therapy and place emphasis on clinical training that relies heavily on experiential learning opportunities. The Drama Therapy option is a professional program approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). Upon graduation you will receive a one-year complimentary membership in NADTA as a Registered Drama Therapist. Graduates can apply for the Canadian Certified Counsellor designation offered through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and qualify in many states and provinces that require licensing.
Bachelor’s degree with courses in Theatre (24 credits or approved equivalents): Psychology (24 credits, which must include courses in Introductory, Developmental, and Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and a research methodology course to be approved by an academic faculty advisor, or approved equivalents); and An Introduction to Drama Therapy (3 credits).
No less than a B average (3.00 on a 4.30 scale) or equivalent.
Documented involvement in drama and theatre.
Previous work experience in a clinical, rehabilitative, or educational setting.
Direct experience with the therapeutic process is highly desirable.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please
refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits.
Please see the Creative Arts Therapies Courses page for course descriptions.
Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) MA (60 credits)
credits of Core Courses
•DTHY 600Current Approaches to Drama Therapy (3.00)
•DTHY 693Research in Drama Therapy (3.00)
•DTHY 603Improvisation and Drama Therapy - Studio/Workshop (3.00)
•DTHY 604Drama Therapy and Groups (3.00)
•CATS 610Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology for Creative Arts Therapists (3.00)
•CATS 611Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists (3.00)
•DTHY 613Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3.00)
•DTHY 614Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3.00)
•DTHY 623Advanced Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3.00)
•DTHY 624Advanced Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3.00)
•CATS 639Interdisciplinary Topics: Cross-cultural Competence in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
•CATS 641Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Clinical Practice in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
•CATS 643Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
•DTHY 643Sociodrama and Psychodrama (3.00)
•DTHY 644Child and Adolescent Drama Therapy (3.00)
•DTHY 645Assessment in Drama Therapy (3.00)
•CATS 691Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3.00)
Elective credits chosen in consultation with an academic faculty advisor. With the approval of the Chair of Creative Arts Therapies and that of the cooperating department, some or all of the elective credits may be chosen from other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, other faculties at Concordia University, or other universities.
Additional credits chosen from one of two streams of research: Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) MAResearch Paper Stream: Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) or Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) MAApplied Research Project Stream: Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option)
Research Paper Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) (9 credits)
•CATS 689Research Paper (9.00)
Applied Research Project: Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) (9 credits)
•CATS 698Applied Research Project with Report (6.00)
Our department hosts a semi-annual workshop for prospective students where faculty members will walk you through a drama therapy exercise. The day offers you the chance to explore your thoughts on drama therapy and provides information on Concordia, our program prerequisites and how to complete an application. You will also be introduced to a number of international creative arts therapy organizations.
New students are automatically eligible for fellowships and select awards offered within the Faculty of Fine Arts and the School of Graduate Studies, ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 per year. Some awards have specific criteria and can be based on academic excellence and financial need.
The practicum component of our program provides you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that you are acquiring in your coursework. It is the vehicle for integrating theory with clinical experience – a critical element in the development of the professional competence of a drama therapist. Practicum includes both clinical experience and supervision. You must successfully complete 800 hours (350 direct client contact hours and 450 agency hours) in an approved practicum setting.
Clinical experience is acquired in a variety of agencies in the greater Montreal area, providing you with a practical application of drama therapy. Supervision is provided at both the agency and at the university.
The Creative Arts Therapies Student Graduate Association promotes stronger interdisciplinary ties with the Concordia community at large. Become an elected officer and participate in a number of committees that make a vital contribution to university activities.
An MA in Drama Therapy prepares you for careers in various sectors, including health care institutions, schools and prisons. Many of our graduates also work in domestic violence and addictions treatment centres and shelters. Read about our alumni career stories.
The practicum is of tremendous benefit in familiarizing you with the working environment. Occasionally, graduates have gone on to full or part-time work at the health care institution of their practicum. Graduates from the program have found employment throughout Canada as well as internationally.