Creative Arts and Health

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

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Undergraduate Certificate in 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.

Understand arts in a health and community setting

The Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health will develop your understanding of the effects of the arts on the brain and body in social and cultural contexts. This course will introduce you to ethical and effective implementation of arts programmes in both community and healthcare settings.

If you are studying to learn about self-care and explore your own creativity, we offer a range of creative arts and health units for you to choose from. You'll also have the option to study a unit on self-care, mindfulness, and stress management. After completing this course, you will have a greater understanding of how different creative expressions can influence your own health and the wellbeing of others.

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.

Studies in Creative Arts and Health provide valuable skills and health insights for a range of professional and personal contexts. If you’re already working in the health or community sectors or caring for an individual it will introduce you to interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre, dance and visual arts. It is also an ideal pathway if you're looking to expand your creative arts practice, provide therapeutic arts support to others or interested in the way the arts can support your own wellbeing and personal growth.

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


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

Learn new ways to improve wellbeing

"I have always been interested in mental health and know how much the creative arts benefit my own health. I have found the online delivery of the Creative Arts & Health diploma to be managed very well. There are activities to keep students connected and to encourage participation".

Linda Crispin
Diploma of Creative Arts and Health Student

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