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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. You will explore the creative process 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 admitted into HMART - Master of Art Therapy or HCART - Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
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.
ReadingsMaterials and media in art therapyRecommendedMoon, C. (2010)Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and apply the informed use of materials in art therapy in relation to the theoretical model of Expressive Therapies Continuum

Experiential activities in class, paper1, paper 2

02. Discern and analyse the psychological factors present in the material environment within the therapeutic context

Lecture, class activities

03. Explore and articulate a complex understanding of the personal experience of the creative process

Experiential activities in class, paper 1, paper 2

04. Demonstrate a high level of complex understanding of an ethical framework to decision making in art therapy practice

Experiential activities in class, lectures

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 29-30, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 29 - 30
Five 7.0 hours block mode per study period from week 29 to week 30 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Block mode teaching over five full days: Last"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One paper (2,000-words)4003
One paper (2,500-words)6001, 02, 04