Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health
Use your passion for the arts to help patients thrive
Discover how creative outlets such as music, theatre and dance can improve individual and community wellbeing. Learn how to deliver patient-centred arts programs. Graduate with job-ready skills that apply to numerous health and community settings.
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- 11 Feb 24
- 07 Jul 24
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Identify, analyse, synthesise and describe cultural and ethical impacts on health and wellbeing through participation in creative arts discipline activities.
- Communicate and reflect on a range of creative arts and health initiatives using written and technology-supported modes.
- Identify problems and propose ethical solutions with flexibility and creativity as a basis for planning and decision making.
- Detail research methods necessary to design an experiment for investigating the impacts of creative arts and aspects of wellbeing on groups of people or individuals.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health provides valuable skills and health insights for a range of professional and personal contexts. If you’re already working in the health or community sectors or caring for an individual it will introduce you to interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre, dance and visual arts. It is also an ideal pathways if you're looking to expand your creative arts practice, or interested in the way the arts can support your own wellbeing and personal growth.
This is an excellent opportunity to further your career in welfare, recreation and community arts as employment projections are upwards trending and set to grow by 28.2% by 2024*.
In addition to developing job-ready skills, you'll also have the option to pursue to further study in the Diploma of Creative Arts and Health.
* ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of one OUA open access subject of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Completed at least one undergraduate subject (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points)
Completed the TCE (or equivalent)
A completed VET Certificate III or higher
Work and Life
If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this program.
Credit for previous study or work
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Engaging with the creative arts can bring joy, restore self-confidence, and improve the quality of life for everyone.
An ageing population and rising levels of depression and anxiety in youth, the elderly, and people living in rural areas are significant challenges for Tasmania, Australia and internationally. Research is demonstrating ways in which music, visual arts, theatre and other creative arts can contribute to addressing these challenges.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health will develop your understanding of the effects of the arts on the brain and body in social and cultural contexts. This program will introduce you to ethical and effective implementation of arts programs in both community and healthcare settings. If you are studying to learn about self-care and explore your own creativity, we offer a range of creative arts and health subjects for you to choose from. You'll also have the option to study a subject on self-care, mindfulness, and stress management. After completing this program, you will have a greater understanding of how different creative expressions can influence your own health and the wellbeing of others.
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Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 1 core subject from the schedule below:
- TAS-FXA100 The Arts and Dementia Care
- TAS-FXA101 Creativity for Life
Completion of 3 elective subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-CZZ104 Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
- TAS-FXA202 The Photo Essay: Storytelling with Image and Text
- TAS-FXA301 Arts in the Community
- TAS-FXA302 Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing
- TAS-PSY112 Brain and Behaviour
- TAS-PSY214 Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 0.5-1 year from commencement.
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