Expressive Therapies

Expressive Arts Therapy

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Create healing through the arts.

You’re passionate about the arts and want to use that passion to help others. Discover how you can guide people through the creative process to find solutions to mental and psychological problems.

Blend the study of psychology (the science of human behavior) with music, visual arts, dance, drama, and creative writing. Learn how to engage people in the arts and channel their self-expression toward improved patterns of thought and behavior.

Lesley University is a leader in expressive arts therapy education, and our faculty pioneered this field. Guided by internationally recognized practitioners, you’ll develop a solid foundation in human development, research, and therapy techniques, while continuing to explore your identity as an artist or performer.

Your courses will examine artistic expression through a cultural, historical, and global lens. And you’ll have access to College of Art and Design studio courses and to our Lunder Arts Center.

You’ll put your learning into action during internships in a range of settings, including community arts centers, schools, shelters, and rehabilitation centers. You can also apply for our dual degree program to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our expressive therapies program:
Students dance in a brightly lit studio.

Dance/Movement Specialization

The Dance/Movement Therapy Specialization is designed for Expressive Arts Therapy majors who want to expand their knowledge base to include body-oriented and movement centered approaches, and for those students interested in the dual degree program in Dance/Movement Therapy.

Your course offerings span improvisational, classical, and holistic forms of movement with an emphasis on emotional and physical well-being. All students in this specialization must complete the program requirements for the Expressive Arts Therapy major as well as the 11-12 credit specialization.

Learn More About Our Dance/Movement Therapy Specialization

$47,922
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Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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