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Creative Arts, Play and Mental Wellbeing FXA303


Participation in the creative arts has been shown to afford a wide range of benefits to mental health and wellbeing for young and old. This unit explores ways in which the creative arts and play can be used therapeutically to support and enhance mental wellbeing for children, adolescents and younger people. It explores particular challenges associated with life events, neurodiversity, or for those who are from minority or marginalised groups. A framework derived from principles of trauma-informed practice is used to inform critical evaluation of complex issues, and to consider appropriate and effective design of creative arts and play-based activities in a variety of scenarios. You will have opportunities to explore your own creativity and gain practical insight into different roles in the therapeutic arts, and to explore your own interests by conducting individual research that will deepen your understanding of the potential of creative arts and play for supporting aspects of the mental wellbeing of a specific cohort.


Unit name Creative Arts, Play and Mental Wellbeing
Unit code FXA303
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and reflect critically on forms of creative work and play and effects on mental wellbeing and self-management of emotions
  • Synthesise interdisciplinary knowledge, research skills and cultural awareness, and principles of trauma-informed care to evaluate arts programmes intended to enhance mental wellbeing
  • Analyse complex societal scenarios and identify problems, proposing creative arts-based solutions supporting mental wellbeing
  • Communicate effectively to general and specialist audiences demonstrating creativity and interdisciplinary understandings of the effects of participatory creative arts and play on mental health and wellbeing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
109999 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

120 minute lecture, weekly. Cumulative online lectures/learning materials that are asynchronous 

60 minute tutorial, weekly. Synchronous online tutorials/web conferences.

180 minutes, weekly. Small group discussion board participation and self-paced learning activities.

AssessmentOnline Quiz (10%)|Online quiz (10%)|Peer Learning and Discussion (10%)|Puppet as Research Response (30%)|Essay (40%)
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