Charles Darwin University

Graduate Diploma of Creative Therapies

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

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. This course also 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.


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.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(6 units)60cpCompulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:SWK571 Creative Therapy: Principles and PracticesSWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young PeopleSWK573 Creative Ways of Working with Diverse Groups SWK575 Creative Approaches to Case Work and AssessmentsSWK576 Research and Evaluation of Creative TherapiesSWK556 Trauma Informed PracticeSpecialist Electives(2 units)20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of DevelopmentIAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and EpistemologiesPHM525 Indigenous Health ResearchPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health 80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The 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 - 2021Please note the following course structure change:SWK574 Creative Ways of Working with Trauma has been removed and is no longer required.


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

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

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina No
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online No
  • Part-time : 2 years

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