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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the art in the art therapy experience is explored including the impact of materials use, the context and setting. The creative process is explored both experientially and theoretically. This subject completes the foundation to art therapy training commenced in Foundations A.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

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 source bookRecommendedMalchiodi, C.A. 1998LOS ANGELES: LOWELL HOUSE.
ReadingsArt therapy, research and evidence-based practice.RecommendedGilroy, A. 2006LONDON: SAGE.
ReadingsArts therapies: A reseach based map of the fieldRecommendedKarkou, V. & Sanderson, P. 2006LONDON: ELSEVIER.
ReadingsExpressive Therapies Continuum: A framework for using art in therapyRecommendedHinz, L. 2009NY: TAYLOR AND FRANCIS.
ReadingsImagery and visual expression in therapyRecommendedLusebrink, V.B. 1990NY: PLENUM PRESS.
ReadingsStudio art therapyRecommendedMoon, C.A. 2002LONDON: JESSICA KINGSLEY.
ReadingsThe arts therapies: a revolution in healthcareRecommendedJones, P. 2005HOVE & NEW YORK: BRUNNER ROUTLEGE.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe the informed use of materials in art therapy and in particular in relation to the Expressive therapies Continuum

Experiential activities in class, paper1, paper 2

02. Identify influencing factors and processes related to the material environment within therapy

Lecture, class activities

03. Describe an understanding of the experience of creative process

Experiential activities in class, paper 1, paper 2

04. Apply an ethical framework to decision making on placement and in art therapy practice

Experiential activities in class, lectures

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 29-30, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

Block Mode
One 5.0 days block mode per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Block mode teaching over five full days: 16th - 18th & 24th - 25th July."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,000-word paper.3003
one 2,500-word paper.6001, 02, 04
participation in class discussion.10