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Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1


Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



Be part of something unique. Our Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies provides you with the key principles of creative therapies, including art, play, dance, drama and music.

It will help you to work with a diverse range of clients, from people who have experienced traumas to members of Aboriginal and cross-cultural communities.

This unique course blends Western approaches with Aboriginal healing practices and knowledges.
If you are working in health, community, justice, education, and related fields, or if you work in Aboriginal and cross-cultural communities our Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies is for you.

The course is also a pathway to further postgraduate study of a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

Our Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies consists of four units (40 credit points) that revolve around creative therapies with individuals who experienced trauma, live in remote communities, or are from other diverse groups.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

SWK571 Creative Therapy: Principles and Practices
SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People
SWK573 Creative Ways of Working with Diverse Groups
SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice

  40cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2021

Please note the following course structure changes:

SWK574 Creative Ways of Working with Trauma has been removed and is no longer required.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SWK571 Creative Therapy: Principles and Practices CO SWK573 Creative Ways of Working with Diverse Groups CO
SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People CO SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice CO


Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.

Special consideration will also be given to applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or have at least three years of appropriate experience working with, or living in, Aboriginal Communities. Ensure you include this experience in the employment section of your application. You may be asked to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) at a later date.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Psychology, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (CSP)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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