M.A. in Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting with the option of a concentration in Education or Special Education
This Master Program serves students who will work with the Arts professionally with individuals, teams, in organizations, in communal or educational settings. This low-residency Master Program provides for inclusive studies of an Art-oriented, psychology and systems theory based practice in Coaching and Consulting. Focus is on the use of the methodology of the Art making processes to turn your Coaching and Consulting efforts into effective and sustainable practices. You will learn the navigation of resource oriented group processes while using a systemic and solution-focused approach to facilitate conflict management and to implement change.
Coaching and Consulting within the Expressive Arts
The use of the Arts in Intermodal Decentering IDEC® is especially well suited to professional situations of Coaching and Consulting. The Artwork itself is central to how the Coaching unfolds to find solutions, gain insight, widen perspectives and learn. This is called having an "art-analogue" attitude. With this expression we describe a basic attitude where the evolving (Art)process itself is leading the next step. In this attitude both, coach and client, serve the Art process in such a way that anything happening is taken as a guidance and opportunity and not as a failure or mistake. In addition, the coach needs professional conversation skills and a competence to install a holding and trustworthy professional relationship.
Coaching is the practice of supporting individuals, teams and groups to progress towards formulating their own goals. Consulting refers to situations where the consultant takes a more active role to facilitate and contribute towards achieving clear project or organizational goals.
Professional Coaching and Consulting are, in our view, practices that serve to uncover the potential within clients, teams, classes, communities and situations. Our intermodal, "low skill and high sensitivity" approach to the Arts sets the ground for the work and is brought into professional situations that are presented by the client or a team and supports both the client and the coach/consultant to find innovative solutions. Both, Coaching and Consulting, happen within a contract that offers a framework defining the goals, the period of time and the costs of the work.
Option for a Master Program with a concentration in Education or Special Education
The Expressive Arts have also found their place within the field of Education. Prospective students who already work within this field may wish to obtain a Masters Degree in Coaching and Consulting with a further concentration in Education or Special Education. They would be required to do their internship program, research and thesis specifically related to Education or Special Education.
During Summer School, students experience specifically in the Community Art and learning teams how pedagogical methodology and didactics is applied.
Detailed information about the curriculum covered in the program may be downloaded here:
Plan of Studies
During three summer residencies, students will learn the principles and practices of Intermodal Expressive Arts and how these practices are used within the different professional fields. Classes are a mixture of lecture and theory, practice and small-group sessions. Art-making through different modalities and mediums expands the skills for practice and improves sensitivity, awareness practice and mindfulness through movement.
Overview of the six modules (120 cp ECTS or 60 US Credits)
Expressive Arts, Digital Arts and Media (ITS-M)
This module gives the student an in depth introduction to Expressive Arts in relationship to low skill high sensitivity, Intermodal Decentering IDEC® and the intermodal approach. Media today is an integral part of our culture and this module also opens up new channels of exploration where Digital Arts and Media can be used as a source of communication with the Arts and through the Arts. It can be taken on campus during the first period and is required for students who do not have any cooperating institutes in their home country that offer it as K module or for those students who wish to take the module as an intensive training program rather than have it spread out throughout the year.
Methods - Interdisciplinary Approach (ITC-P)
Students will study the Interdisciplinary Approach through the principles and practices of Intermodal Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting, learning the social and developmental issues from a systemic perspective, receive advanced training and methodology of practice, and mastering the language and discourse in Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting.
Praxis - Field Work (ITS-A-P)
This 11 days Summer School module is run during the first period and focuses on group supervision from an Expressive Arts perspective. The essential aspects of an arts-oriented session using the method of Intermodal Decentering IDEC® will be introduced and discussed. Students present situations or cases studies from their practice and will also learn how to integrate the Expressive Arts in their work through various demonstrations. Live coaching is an opportunity to recognize and develop professional resources and to transform weaknesses and insecurities into strengths.
- min. 30 hours Coaching/Consulting sessions à 1 ½ hours; 1/3 with a team or group, 2/3 can be one to one
- writing and presenting a Coaching/Consulting concept in theory and its application
For student’s doing a concentration in Education or Special Education: 465 h internship in education or special education.
Philosophical and aesthetic foundation - interdisciplinary approach (ITC-D)
This Summer School module provides an in depth look at the philosophical and aesthetic foundations through intermodality, advanced training and theoretical foundations, study of body and movement in Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting, understanding the process of change, and learning institutional characteristics of consulting organizations.
Theoretical foundation and research (Module F)
This module enhances understanding of processes of change in regard of resilience, salutogenesis, professional concepts, ethical and aesthetic issues such as the ”Menschenbild” - in the context of processes of change, specifically with respect to the artistic process. In the process of writing a thesis project, the student will be able to cope with a special theme and formulation of a question on a practical, theoretical and artistic level to recognize resources that strengthen and broaden one’s own professional competence and enrich the field of work.
Final examination and graduation (IT-3)
During the third and last summer session in residence, students will finish their degree with Final Examination and Graduation. The students will complete oral and written exams on the principles and practices of Intermodal Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting through a critical inquiry into a variety of schools and the polyaesthetics and Intermodal Method. Finally, students will present an Oral Defence of their Masters Thesis.
Throughout the first two years, students are required to complete a theoretical foundation and research module (F), a portfolio, a supervised or coached field-based internship, intervision and a method specific training.
Modules covered on Campus at EGS
Theoretical Foundation and Research (Module F) is done in your home country according to learning agreement and needs to be approved by your study advisor.
Modules offered on Campus at EGS throughout the year in German / auf Deutsch
Modules offered by EGS module providers
Prospective students need to hold a B.A. degree (or European equivalent) in the Humanities, Education or the Arts from an Accredited College or University. EGS also offers a special B.A. waiver in the form of an Access Examination.
Professionals within this field have the option to "nostrify" previous training assessed for qualification. The assessment module (ITS - A) serves to prepare for the transfer of such qualifying non-university studies and life experience into academic credits. Admission requirement remains a BA or equivalent.
In addition, applicants must pass an admission interview with a designated faculty member of EGS. Interviews may be scheduled throughout the year with the program director. Please check with the EGS Admission Office for your most convenient available opportunities.
Application for Admission
Tuition and Fees
Registration is required for each Summer School and for all other modules offered by EGS in Saas-Fee. It is important to register on time. Registration Forms can be requested from the EGS Registration Office via email.
M.A. students are required to pass all 6 modules, seminars, including all K, ITS AP, F modules, and their Masters Thesis must be accepted and demonstrate excellence.
For graduation students must earn a total of 60 US credits (or 120 ECTS credits). For details see the AHS M.A. Study Guide:
A minimum of two years are necessary to complete the Master Thesis requirements. Students are required to complete the entire M.A. program within six years.
Credits earned at Cooperating Institutes must be presented to EGS for credit transfer approval. A maximum of 22.5 credits (cp US) or 45 ETCS can be earned by transfer from Cooperating Institutes or other Universities.
The recognized degree issued by the European Graduate School EGS is the
Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting
signed by the Wallis Ministry of Education of the canton of Valais.