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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.

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 and can be studied full-time or part time online. In addition to the units below, you have the flexibility to choose up to 25 credit points of units from courses in Psychology or Dementia Care (subject to meeting pre-requisites).

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


One core unit plus a minimum of one and maximum of three Introductory units

12.5 – 37.5 credit points

The Arts and Dementia Care
12.5 credit point units

Choose from:

  • Creativity and Ageing;
  • Health Services for an Ageing Population;
  • Society, Culture and Health;
  • Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness; or
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity

12.5 credit point units each


Minimum of one and maximum of three Intermediate units

12.5 – 37.5 credit points

Choose from:

  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing; or
  • Working with Communities

12.5 credit point units each


Minimum of one and maximum of three Advanced units

25 credit points

Choose from:

  • Arts in the Community;
  • Sociology of Health and Illness;
  • Music, Mind and Body; or
  • Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing

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.

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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

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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 for 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.