Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will examine, discuss and critique the literature from art therapy, psychology and research methods as it relates to art therapy practice and the Final Project undertaken in Semester 2 (PHE5AFP). Diverse research methodologies will be presented within the context of the relevant epistemological frameworks. You will strengthen your critical appraisal skills as they analyse texts for quality, strengths and weaknesses. In particular, you will focus on the literature from art therapy related to your Masters year placement as this will provide the foundation for writing a literature review as phase one of the Final Project and for phase 2 in Semester 2.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMART - Master of Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArt therapy, research and evidence based practicePrescribedGilroy, A. (2006)LONDON: SAGE
ReadingsArt, science and art therapyRecommendedKaplan, F. (2000)LONDON: JESSICA KINGSLEY
ReadingsArt-based researchRecommendedMcNiff, S. (1999)LONDON:JESSICA KINGSLEY
ReadingsArtistic inquiry in dance/movement therapyRecommendedHervey, L. W. (2000)CHARLES C. THOMAS, SPRINGFIELD.
ReadingsArts therapies: A research-based map of the fieldRecommendedKarkou, V. & Sanderson, P. (2006)EDINBURGH: ELSEVIER CHRUCHILL LIVINGSTONE.
ReadingsDoing a literature reviewRecommendedHart, C. (1998)LONDON: SAGE
ReadingsIntroduction to art therapy researchRecommendedKapitan, L. (Ed)NY & LONDON: ROUTLEDGE.
ReadingsKnowing differently: Arts-based and collaborative research methodsRecommendedLiamputtong, P. & Rumbold, J. (Eds) (2008)NY: NOVA SCIENCE.
ReadingsMethod meets art: Arts-based research practiceRecommendedLeavy, P. (2008)NY: GUILDFORD PRESS.
ReadingsVisual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materialsRecommendedRose, G. 2007LONDON: SAGE.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Attendance and participation10
Critical literature review: 5,000-words70
Small group presentation of Final Project planning: 10 minutes20