Postgraduate

Master of Creative Arts Therapies

Learn how artistic expression can be a powerful healing tool and gain the clinical training required to become a professionally recognised Creative Arts Therapist.

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Murdoch code

M1300

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

2 years

Selection rank

CRICOS code

0101329
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Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

Learn practical skills in purpose-built facilities including chiropractic science and exercise science laboratories.

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Work with real clients

Across Murdoch’s on-campus counselling and chiropractic clinics where you’ll complete your practical placement under supervision.

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Overview

As WA’s only master’s in creative arts therapies, this course is committed to experiential learning through expressive arts psychotherapies in workshops, clinical practice and clinical supervision. You will learn to critically appraise arts psychotherapy literature and gain an understanding of both theoretical knowledge and hands-on creative arts psychotherapy practice.

Explore the newly-emerging theory in this area of counselling and gain the hands-on experience that will prepare you to work in a diverse range of clinical and non-clinical contexts, in which building relationships is a key component.

This course builds on study in our already-established Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies. Students who hold this qualification will be granted advanced standing in the Master.

7 reasons to study the Master of Creative Arts Therapies

  • Learn in a highly experiential environment at our purpose built creative arts therapies spaces at our Mandurah Campus.
  • Study the only university Creative Arts Therapies course in Western Australia.
  • Study on your own terms – we offer flexible study arrangements allowing you to study full-time or part-time.
  • Take advantage of our scholarships such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award and Postgraduate Access and Equity Scholarship.
  • Customise your degree depending on your career goals, through a choice of electives and research units.
  • Understand the breadth and depth working with the creative arts brings to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Develop your current qualifications and training to take part in an international community of Creative Arts Therapies professionals that is expanding and strengthening nationally and globally.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • using creative arts therapies practices in your therapeutic work
  • engaging creatively with children and adolescents seeking mental health support
  • exploring your professional strengths and motivations through the use of creative arts materials and methods
  • engaging in creative arts therapy interventions experientially through small group work
  • reading and talking about contemporary research, theory and professional practice of Creative Arts Therapists internationally.

Your career

Creative arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy currently growing in acceptance and popularity in Australia and globally. Counsellors and therapists using artistic modalities such as visual arts, music dance/movement and drama may work with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups and families to promote expression, self-awareness and insight. Work settings include schools, hospitals, aged care, crisis centres, wellness centres, detention facilities, remand facilities and addiction treatment. Experienced professionals may also utilise art therapy in private practice.

Combined with your existing experience and qualifications your career as a Creative Arts Therapist can begin anywhere and be used in any role where building relationships is a key component. Your skills can be applied in roles such as:

  • Counsellor/Advocate in a crisis centre
  • Children’s Therapist in a family bereavement service
  • Group Worker in a women’s prison
  • Addictions Specialist in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation service.

You may already be in your dream job and this qualification will provide a stepping stone to enhancing your skills and increasing your potential.

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You can apply to start studying at the following times.
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Mandurah Semester 1 Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 2
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Structure

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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