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M.A. in Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

The Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (EXA-CT) is a three year Master-program concentrating on the use of creative methods through the Arts to address conflicts within teams, communities and across cultures. The EXA-CT program provides students with frameworks for merging the Arts with conflict analysis interventions, trauma awareness and healing, humanitarian responses, and research. In short, EXA-CT students will learn ways to use the Arts for peace and co-existence. Distinguished faculty in the fields of the Expressive Arts and Conflict Transformation will provide instruction during three Summer School sessions along with support and supervision of an internship, thesis and community of practice throughout the year.

Professional artists, peace workers, art therapists, mediators, educators, coaches and humanitarian workers are encouraged to pursue this Master’s Program.

Students will spend three summers in residence in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. During the first two summer residency periods, they will follow courses on the principles and practice of both Expressive Arts and Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. They will be taught by faculty members who are active practitioners in the combined disciplines. Within each course, students will be challenged to experiment with the application of the Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding paradigms, along with group discussions and reflective exercises.

In between the summer residencies, EXA-CT students will be expected to carry out and complete a portfolio, a supervised internship and a Master’s Thesis supervised by an EXA-CT faculty member. During the last summer session, students will complete oral and written exams and defend the Master’s Thesis.

Introduction

The Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (EXA-CT) Master Program is a three year program concentrating on the use of creative methods through the Arts to address conflict within teams, communities and across cultures. The M.A. program provides students with frameworks for merging the Arts with conflict analysis interventions, trauma awareness and healing, mediation, humanitarian responses, and research. The program EXA-CT is specifically (but not exclusively) addressed to health workers, professional artists, peaceworkers, art therapists, mediators, educators, coaches and humanitarian workers.

Plan of Studies

Distinguished faculty in the fields of the Expressive Arts and Conflict Transformation will provide instruction during three Summer Schools along with support and supervision of an internship, thesis and community practice throughout the year. The EXA-CT curriculum includes three summer residencies at the EGS Saas-Fee campus. In the interim periods (fall, winter and spring), students undertake their academic projects, the field-based internship, and do a portfolio.

Overview of the six modules (102 cp ECTS or 51 US Credits)

Modules covered on campus at EGS

The Theoretical Foundation and Research module is done in your home country according to learning agreement and needs to be approved by your study advisor.

Specialization Requirement

Students without an adequate professional practice in the field are required to complete a certificate-training on trauma recovery, displacement and intervention through Expressive Arts. It can be done as a continuing education.

Admission Requirements

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

Forms for Application for Admission can be requested from the EGS Admissions Office by email or downloaded from here:

Tuition and Fees

Please find the Tutition and Fees here.

Annual Registration

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.

Graduation Requirements

M.A. students are required to pass all 6 modules, seminars and their Masters Thesis must be accepted and demonstrate excellence.
For graduation students must earn a total of 51 US credits (or 102 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.

Degree

The recognized degree issued by the European Graduate School EGS is the
Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.

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