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Creative Arts and Health

Engaging with the creative arts can bring joy, restore self-confidence, improve mental and physical wellbeing, and improve the quality of life for everyone.

The Diploma of Creative Arts and Health offers you a unique interdisciplinary study experience, delivered completely online. You’ll discover innovative ways to apply creative arts toward wellbeing, while developing an understanding of the effects of the arts on brain and body in the social and cultural context.

Find out how the power of creative arts can be used to promote better health and wellbeing in a range of community and healthcare settings.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Diploma of Creative Arts and Health

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health

Min. 6 months, up to a max. 2 years.

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Improve the wellbeing of family, community, and all Australians.

Develop your awareness of creativity’s impact on health.

Be part of the growing international movement toward non-pharmaceutical interventions for chronic health conditions.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

The Diploma of Creative Arts for Health comprises of eight units (100 credit points) and can be studied full-time or part-time online. In your Diploma, you will take at least two units at Introductory level, two units at Intermediate level and two units at Advanced level and you can choose 25 credits points of units from degree electives.

If you are studying a bachelor’s degree in a related area,  such as Fine Arts or Music or Theatre in the Bachelor of Arts you can also undertake this diploma concurrently using your electives.


Introductory units

25 - 50 credit points

Core units

  • The Arts and Dementia Care
  • Creativity for Life

Choose from Elective units:

  • Society, Culture and Health
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity

12.5 credit point units each


Intermediate units

25 credit points

Core units

  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing; or
  • The Photo Essay: Storytelling with image and text

12.5 credit point units each


Advanced units

25 - 50 credit points

Core units

  • Arts in the Community

Choose from Elective units:

  • Music, Mind and Body
  • Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing
  • Sociology of Health and Illness

12.5 credit point units each

Career outcomes

Professional Recognition

The Diploma of Creative Arts and Health is a course approved by the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Graduates of the Diploma of Creative Arts and Health will be eligible for tier-level membership.

Read more about ANZACATA

Whether you're already working in the health or community sectors, caring for an individual, or looking to expand your creative arts practice, this diploma sets you up for many growing industries*. It will also open the doors for postgraduate study if you wish to pursue a career as a registered creative arts therapist.

* ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers


projected job growth to 2024

Complementary Health Therapists


projected job growth to 2024

Arts professionals


projected job growth to 2024

Study Experiences

Research - Creative Arts and Health

Using music on prescription, a partnership between Aged Care Deloraine and the University of Tasmania assessing the effects of singing on the respiratory function and wellbeing in people with living dementia.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.