Postgraduate course

Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies

Learn how the creative arts – from drama and movement to painting and poetry, and even simply listening to music – can offer healing benefits when navigating difficult personal experiences or trauma.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

G1081

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Duration (years)

1

Selection rank

CRICOS code

095428G
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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 and in community-focused exercise science practicals.

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Overview

Artists have been using art to express themselves for centuries – Vincent Van Gogh famously used his art to cope with mental illness throughout his life, and Edvard Munch is widely regarded to have inspired a whole movement of expressionism in art connecting to mood and internal emotional life.

Modern science and psychology has helped to uncover the benefits of creative arts in promoting positive mental health outcomes.  There is growing evidence about the power the artistic process has to help us connect with emotions and experiences, and by doing so face life’s dilemmas.

Learn how expression through the arts can be used to enhance the therapeutic process by using a person-centred framework. You’ll learn the newly-emerging theory in this area of counselling, combined with hands-on experience that will build your counselling skills.

While this course has proven beneficial for counsellors to work with clients to express themselves, if you’re a teacher, social worker, chaplain, psychologist, or youth worker, you’ll also be able to apply the skills you learn in your current role.

3 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies at Murdoch

  • Learn in a highly experiential environment at our purpose-built creative arts therapies spaces.
  • 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.

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 correctional facility
  • 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australia Counselling Association, and is recognised by the Australian New Zealand Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) for Tier 3 Level membership.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

 

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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