Master of Creative Arts Therapy

  • CRICOS code: 0100983
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This course has an interview requirement


2024 Start Year Intake
Applications open early August 2023

Applications close 30 September 2023

How do I apply?

Before applying, all applicants are encouraged to submit an enquiry in order to obtain a Master of Creative Arts Therapy information sheet.

There are three components to each application. Applicants must complete components 1 and 2 by the application closing date.

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, you may like to contact our Faculty’s Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development before proceeding. They can assist you with your application and provide you with additional information about your study options.

  1. University Application

    Submit a direct application via the University's application portal


    Upload your portfolio and written proposal via the supplementary application form

  3. Interview

    Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview as the final component of the application process. For more information please visit Auditions and Interviews.


Applicants should prepare and submit:

  1. a 3-minute improvisation to camera (dance or drama). This is a brief video recording of yourself in which you use improvised movement (dance movement) or improved performance (drama) to introduce yourself. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to utilise creative and embodied processes.
  2. a video (up to 10 minutes) of yourself in one or more performances. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience as a dancer or actor.
  3. a two-page CV. If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree, please include a transcript as well as a CV outlining your qualifications. You may also like to include information on any publications, academic achievements, awards and honours, and special accomplishments. Work experience is an equally important component of your two-page CV. Please explain any relevant experience you have related to your modality (either dance or drama) whether that is as a performer or creator, informal, community, education or other fields. You may include an explanation of any unusual aspects of your career path, as well as leadership responsibilities.
  4. two professional referees. This can be a character reference, an academic reference, and/or one from a person who can attest to your dance movement or dramatic ability. Referees should have known the applicant for at least one year and be willing to fill out a short questionnaire.


Applicants should prepare and submit a written proposal comprising either:

  • an existing academic essay that demonstrates evidence of your ability to write academic essays can be provided either through the submission of an assignment written in the last five years.


  • a 1000-word written proposal offering an introduction to the professional practice of dance movement therapy/drama therapy including at least five academic sources, and use of an appropriate referencing style. The written proposal should be well structured and edited, and include at least five references to academic sources, and should demonstrate the use of either Harvard / APA or any other style guide for referencing.

Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) is the University’s equity program for domestic graduate students. Under GAM, specific circumstances of applicants will be considered in relation to admission and bursaries.

You can apply using one or more of these categories:

  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • From a rural or isolated area
  • Under-represented school
  • Difficult circumstances
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Non-English speaking background
  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
  • Mature-age consideration (Non-School leaver entry pathway)

Wondering if you are eligible for any of these categories? Each category has its own criteria, so before applying, check to see if you are eligible via the Graduate Access Melbourne page, as well as instructions on how to apply.

Before you apply

  1. Check the degree website
  2. Check the entry requirements and make sure you're eligible
  3. Ensure you meet the University’s English language requirements
  4. If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, you may like to contact our Faculty’s Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development before proceeding
  5. Submit a direct application via the University's application portal using course code MC-CAT
  6. Complete your supplementary application
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