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Advanced Post Graduate Studies (CAGS)

Advanced Post Graduate Studies (CAGS)

The Qualifying Phase of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts is also called the CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study). The CAGS extends over two summer residencies at the EGS campus in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and includes the Intensive Master Courses IMC-1 (first year) and IMC-2 (second year), complemented by four field projects which should be completed under the guidance of a faculty advisor during the time between the two Summer Schools.

The program includes courses, lectures, educational excursions, artistic presentations, community art, etc. In the CAGS, students and teachers from different parts of the world work together, sharing their experiences in relation to the work of the expressive arts in their respective contexts.

IMC-Courses

 

IMC 1

Core Seminar in Intermodal Expressive Arts /advisory group

The seminar meets regularly during the Intensive Master Seminar and trains students in group process through the expressive arts, developing themes and integrating the material from the special subject courses. The seminar works with intermodal expressive arts, responds to advisory questions and trains in the method of decentering (following Knill&Eberhart).

Philosophical discourse on themes related to expressive arts

An introduction to philosophical discourse relevant to the Expressive Arts with an emphasis on the phenomenological tradition. Basic concepts and principles of expressive arts are introduced, and students are encouraged to develop their own perspectives on the field.

Didactics of Community Art

This course will focus on the principles and practice of Community Art. The ability to work with communities, as well as individuals, is an essential skill for Expressive Arts training. There will also be an opportunity for students to practice community art in the course of the summer school.

Comparative Research Methodology adequate to the Expressive Arts

A seminar focusing on the research that is indigenous to the Arts. Phenomenology as a research method is discussed, and research within an arts-based studio framework as well as other research models will be explored. Students are encouraged to develop their own research methods.

Expressive Arts-based Supervisory Skills for Trainers

Art-oriented and art-analogue supervision will be used to review students on-going work as therapists, educators and consultants and to explore central themes for future work.


IMC-2

Core Seminar II in Intermodal Expressive Arts /advisory group

The seminar meets regularly during the Intensive Master Seminar and trains students in group process through the expressive arts, developing themes and integrating the material from the special  subject courses. The seminar works with intermodal expressive arts, responds to advisory questions and trains in the method of decentering (following Knill&Eberhart).

The Art of Leadership: The Responsive Voice

The power of leadership depends on preparation and presence. We will examine our leadership skills and provide coaching opportunities to improve them. Focus will be on becoming aware of one's own use of voice, speech, gesture, posture, movement and musical skill, acquiring an understanding of their meaning in order to improve teaching and training.

Creative Project Design and Implementation

This course will focus on helping students to envision and design projects using the practice and the methods of expressive arts.  We will generate project ideas, collaborating together to shape and design these ideas into projects that could be implemented in various settings.

Philosophy of Expressive Arts

Emphasis will be on helping students to further investigate fundamental principles and concepts in the field through phenomenological and arts-based methodology. Students will be asked to develop their own philosophical framework

Expressive Arts Research Colloquium, Presentation and Critique

This seminar focuses on the methodologies of research that are relevant for our field, including arts-based research, and for the development of critical thinking towards other perspectives, in order to prepare students for dissertation research. Students will prepare and discuss preliminary outlines of their proposed dissertation work.

The two summer modules IMC-1 and IMC-2 are offered in an intensive format by Paolo J. Knill, founding president of EGS and one of the pioneers in the field of Expressive Arts, and by Stephen K. Levine, Honorary Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts, together with other master teachers who have made important contributions to the development of Intermodal Expressive Arts in Therapy, Coaching, Education and Conflict-Transformation and Peacebuilding.

There are three options for participation in the CAGS Program:

  • towards a certificate as an Expressive Arts Trainer CAGS
  • towards a qualification for the Ph.D. Program in Expressive Arts, for which the CAGS certificate is a prerequisite
  • as a Continuing Education Project

For the CAGS certificate, all seminars of the modules IMC-1 and IMC-2 must be taken and passed with a satisfactory evaluation, and all four field projects must be completed. As a Continuing Education project, the two summer modules IMC-1 and IMC-2 (without field projects) can be taken as a package with a special tuition rate.

At the end of the first session of the CAGS program, students meet with a faculty advisor of their choice. After completing the CAGS, the student goes on to the Candidacy Phase of the Doctoral Program and may write their Dissertation Proposal and choose their Dissertation Committee, in consultation with their advisor.

 

This is the handbook for the Doctoral program of the Arts, Health and Society Division of EGS - CAGS and further stages:

 

Tuition and Fees

Please find the Tutition and Fees here.

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