M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life

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Pacifica's M.A. Program in Engaged Humanities is now accepting applications for fall, 2015 with classes beginning in late August.

Join us for the upcoming teleconference, Living and Creating in The Symbolic Life with Dr. Susan Rowland and members of the M.A. Engaged Humanities and Creative Life Program. The teleconference will be a lively dialogue discussing the program's work with symbols and myth, as it develops the relationship of depth psychology with/as humanities. By looking at humanities through a lens of depth psychology, we aim to showcase how students in the program are able to realize their own personal myth, contributing to the world a more engaged, innate, and embodied form of learning. To sign up for this one-of-a-kind teleconference, please register here.

What does it mean to live a creative life? How can one contribute to the leap in human spirit of our times, and move forward in awe? This one-of-a-kind degree program is dedicated to exploring these questions and expanding the answers. In today's rapidly changing world, we are constantly called to yield to a new creative movement—as Joseph Campbell writes—to recreate all fields and invent new forms, structures, designs, and products that address the needs of our era. Campbell says, "we are participating in one of the very greatest leaps of the human spirit," fueled by the creative impulses manifested by new sciences, technology, the arts, and humanities, and democratized by the internet.

Never before has it been so easy to share in the creative process and products of humanity. The wisdom traditions of the humanities and depth psychology influence the arts and digital media, informing and enriching the creative life. In fact, the world itself has its own creativity, manifested in the archetypes of the collective unconscious, whose symbols, images, metaphors, and movements are all the prima materia for this creative movement.

This M.A. program's approach is broad, highly interdisciplinary, and satisfying for those who seek to combine intellectual exploration with creativity. Honoring Pacifica's mission to tend soul in and of the world, the program merges art-making and soul-making, supporting students in tending to their souls by tending to their creative lives. Intellectual rigor is uniquely combined with creative expression, encouraging dialogue among students and faculty with a focus on expanding individual and collective potential to contribute to the humanities.
The program is designed for those who seek to live and work more creatively, or foster creativity in themselves and others—including anyone in the visual, performing, narrative, studio, and media arts; the creative side of advertising, marketing, and product development; teachers of art, literature, and the humanities; or professionals in fields such as architecture, interior design, fashion, and the film, television, and music industries.

The program culminates in the completion of a creative project or portfolio.


Students in the M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life program:

  1. Discover strategies for tapping into the deep well of the collective unconscious as a source of creativity.
  2. Study how people working in any creative capacity inspire and influence each other.
  3. Increase their generativity and cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and sensitivity by being in constant conversation about the creative life with faculty and peers, with great literature, classic films, and works of art spanning diverse genres, cultures, and periods of time.
  4. Find rich sources of inspiration in the humanities, including the study of mythology, philosophy, psychology, history, literature, and ecology as they affect the art and craft of living and working artfully.
  5. Complete two substantial creative projects and reflect upon their creative process.
  6. Receive a degree that expands their vocational options and opens up new career possibilities.
"Pacifica's M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life enables you to conceive and incubate your own creative project—either drawn from professional life in the world, or from your desire to live more authentically. Come and learn with us arts practice enhanced by the creative psyche and the ecological humanities." -Susan Rowland, Ph.D., Chair of the M.A. Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program



For information regarding Pacifica's M.A..Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program, please contact Patricia Abracia, Senior Admissions Counselor, at 805.969.3626 ext. 305 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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