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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma of Creative Therapies

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1GD037
822090
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GD537
872090
Online (CSP)
1GD037
822090
Online (FF)
1GD537
872090
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Full-time
Not available
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

TCRTH1

Award
Graduate Diploma of Creative Therapies
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Allied Health Sciences
Health
Psychology

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Therapies will provide you with a sound theoretical and practical foundation in creative therapies - therapies that include art, play, dance, drama, and music.

Specifically, this course has been designed to equip practitioners who work with diverse client groups to utilise creative therapies in your practice.

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Therapies imparts the necessary skills in research, evaluation, and professional practice to enable you to choose suitable therapies and to accommodate the unique challenges of each client.

The course blends Western approaches with Aboriginal healing practices and knowledges.

The course is designed for people working in health, community, justice, education, and cognate fields, as well as individuals who work in Aboriginal and cross-cultural communities.

Credit transfers and pathways


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

Accreditation

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

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

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

Contact details

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

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification or a Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies from Charles Darwin University.

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: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

During the first four units of this course, you will learn the key principles of creative therapies, specifically how to apply art, play, dance, drama, and music therapies to diverse clients - such as individuals who have been exposed to trauma, refugees, and members of Aboriginal communities. During the final set of four units, you will learn how to apply and adapt these therapies to challenging circumstances - such as more complex cases. To achieve this goal, you will learn about research, evaluation, ethical principles, legal principles, and professional practices.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
60cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 60 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
SWK575 Creative Approaches to Case Work and Assessments
SWK576 Research and Evaluation of Creative Therapies
SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice

Specialist Electives
(2 units)
20cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health

  80cp 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 change:

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

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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 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 SE = Specialist Elective
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
Year 2
SWK575 Creative Approaches to Case Work and Assessments CO SWK576 Research and Evaluation of Creative Therapies CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 2 SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.
 

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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