Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students 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. Students will strengthen their critical appraisal skills as they analyse texts for quality, strengths and weaknesses. In particular, students will focus on the literature from art therapy related to their 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.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review relevant theory and practice models with an awareness of their theoretical frameworks, methodological orientation and argue their respective strengths and shortcomings.

Analyse set theory and practice models and other relevant professional literature for theoretical assumptions, methodologies and rigour.

02. Discern researcher bias and relevance of a text to art therapy practice.

Critically evaluate texts for bias, relevance and practical applicability.

03. Analyse a piece of research for its overall quality and contribution to an evidence base.

Analyse an article and apply an art therapy specific critical appraisal tool.

04. Structure, research and write a critical literature review as the first phase in the Final Project.

Identify and research an area of interest related to practice at clinical placement to form the basis for the literature review. This review will become the basis for the Final Project.

05. Initiate investigation of how an art therapy program could be developed for a specific clinical setting and population including resourcing, and evaluation methods.

Research clinical applications of art therapy for a specific population and sketch a plan for a program proposal.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, 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% ILO*
Attendance and participation10
Critical literature review: 5,000-words70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Small group presentation of Final Project planning: 10 minutes20 04, 05