What will I learn?

The Master of Creative Arts Therapy is a unique blended learning program offering you a specialisation in either drama or dance movement therapy. You will undertake supervised industry placements in various contexts including community, health and education.

The creative arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy utilising creative modalities, including drama, dance, music and visual art-making within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The course provides you with studies in theory, methods, research and professional practice across health, educational and community contexts. There is an emphasis on how each artistic modality is employed in teams with groups and individuals. The teaching method incorporates experiential, theoretical and practice-based learning approaches.

The Master of Creative Arts Therapy has been developed specifically for arts educators, community arts workers, health workers and therapists who are interested in training to practice as a drama and dance movement therapist.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates will have developed:

  • Expert skills to reflect critically on the role of creative arts therapists in educational, health and community contexts
  • Integrated understanding of the theories informing methods of practice used by creative arts therapists
  • Ability to apply different creative arts therapies methods in ways that address the identified needs of clients
  • Advanced communication skills in responding to the expressed needs of clients, colleagues and communities
  • Autonomous decision making, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in professional creative arts therapies practice
  • Technical skills in understanding findings from creative arts therapies research to inform practice and evaluation
  • Ability to engage with people in ethical and respectful ways.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

CRICOS

0100983

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,720.00 (18,58,672) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $71,176
Application deadline

30 September 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022

Venue

Southbank Campus

234 Street Kilda Road,

SOUTHBANK,

Victoria,

3006, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduate coursework programs normally require the satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university in another country. English language requirements for Coursework degree: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 58 + no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill. English language requirements for Master of Philosophy: IELTS (academic English Only) - 7.0 overall, with written 7 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 600 + TWE 5.0; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 94 + (Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 65 + written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.

For international students

Applicants for the Master of Creative Arts Therapy course must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree, or
  • 6 years documented relevant work experience in creative or performing arts, or community arts practice, education or health

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Applications close 31 October.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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