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.

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Diploma of Creative Arts and Health

Promote better health and wellbeing in the community

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

Discover how the arts can aid healthcare

Develop your awareness of creativity’s impact on health.

Non-pharmaceutical alternatives

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

Study options

The Diploma of Creative Arts and Health offers you an interdisciplinary study experience that is unique. You will gain knowledge of innovative uses of creative arts in a range of community and health-care settings, while developing an understanding of the effects of the arts on brain and body in the social and cultural context.  There are opportunities to explore your own creativity and learn about international best practice for ethical and effective implementation of arts programmes in both community and healthcare settings

If you are studying a Bachelor degree with a focus no creative arts, such as a Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre and Performance in the Bachelor of Arts, you can also undertake this diploma concurrently using your electives.

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

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.


Welfare, Recreation
and Community Arts Workers

Projected increase by 2024


Health Therapists

Projected increase by 2024


Art Professionals

Projected increase by 2024

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

Student experience

Making a difference through creative arts and health

"I believe creative arts is a great outlet for both physical and emotional problems which started me on the path to studying Creative Arts and Health."

Linda Brotherton
Diploma of Creative Arts and Health Student

Linda's story

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