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June 7, 2024

Fitchburg State to launch creative art therapy and enterprise bachelor’s degrees

Three people look at photos and paintings of people in a white-walled gallery. Photo I Courtesy of Fitchburg State Unvierstiy An art gallery reception at Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University will offer two new bachelor’s degree programs aimed at preparing students for the growing demands of the arts and healthcare industries, becoming the first public institution in Massachusetts to offer either of these degree paths.

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved Fitchburg State’s plans to offer degree programs in creative arts therapies and creative arts enterprise starting this fall semester, according to a Thursday press release from Fitchburg State University.

The creative arts therapies major will merge students’ selected art focus with coursework in human services and psychological science to learn how drama, music, and visual art are used when working with both children and adults. Curriculum will prepare students for positions including recreational therapists, activities directors, and assistant/technician roles in education and mental health counseling upon graduation.

The creative arts enterprise major focuses on business, professional writing, and marketing communications while utilizing students’ skills as musicians, visual artists, or theatrical artists. Curriculum is designed to prepare students with the skills to fulfill administrative, promotional, and business needs for artistic organizations including theaters, orchestras, choirs, and galleries.

“These innovative programs have been designed to respond to evolving career trajectories for university graduates and will foster skills development spanning disciplines,” Richard Lapidus, president of Fitchburg State, said in the release. “We are grateful to the Board of Higher Education for recognizing the value of these unique programs that will allow Fitchburg State graduates to engage fully and meaningfully in emerging fields.”  

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