Master of Creative Arts Therapy

  • CRICOS Code: 0100983
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This course has an interview requirement


2020 Start Year Intake (Main Assessment Round for Domestic and International Applicants) 
Applications are closed

Before you apply

  1. Check the entry requirements and make sure you are eligible.
  1. If you identify as 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. Complete a direct application via the University's application portal using course code MC-CAT
  1. Upload your CV, Artistic Experience/Practice Portfolio, written proposal, referee details and your interview availability via SlideRoom.
  1. Attend an on-line interview if invited, following shortlist process after applications close.

How do I apply?

Before applying, all applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Kim Dunphy, the Course Coordinator: 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:


    A direct application via the University's application portal.


    Complete a SlideRoom Application including the upload of your CV, Portfolio of Artistic Practice, your written statement and the details of three nominees to act as referees on your behalf. See below for more information.

  2. An interview will be required for all shortlisted applicants as part of the selection process. Applicants will be asked to discuss their interest in the study of dance movement or drama therapy and any relevant experience they bring. Applicants will answer several questions relating to their understandings of dance movement or drama therapy. Study choices should be discussed at this time and applicants are encouraged to ask as many questions as needed during this interview.

For more information, please see the Auditions and Interviews tab.

Relevant Work Experience / CV

A short CV is required to demonstrate any relevant work and academic experience. 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, in formal, community, education or other fields. You may include an explanation of any unusual aspects of your career path, as well as leadership responsibilities.

Portfolio of Artistic Practice

Evidence of your ability in your art form of dance or drama is also required, in the form of videos, photos and other documentary evidence. An edited collage of diverse examples of you performing may be suitable. This does not need to demonstrate mastery of formal dance or drama technique, rather the capacity to utilise dance movement or drama as an expressive form.

For dance, this can be any style of dance and may be choreographed by you or anyone else, or a pre-existing dance routine.

For drama applicants, please prepare and submit a brief video recording of yourself (1-3 minutes) in which you use improvisation to introduce yourself.  This is an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings around becoming a therapist in a playful and embodied way .

Video materials are required to be uploaded via the SlideRoom form. Any application related queries or issues with systems or apps should be sent to

Written Proposal

Evidence of your ability to write academic essays can be provided either through submission of an assignment written in the last five years. If you do not have such an existing assignment, we request that you to write a short piece (up to 500 words) offering a brief introduction of the professional practice of dance movement or drama therapy . 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, submitted via SlideRoom.


Three referee’s reports are required to be submitted on your behalf: one character reference, one academic reference, and one from a person who can attest to the applicant’s dance movement or dramatic ability. SlideRoom will direct you to enter the details of your referees and then request their response in support of you. Please check in with your referees and inform them to expect contact via SlideRoom. Referees should have known applicant for at least one year and be willing to fill out a short questionnaire.

Short List Review

A panel will review applications and video recordings to ensure that applications are complete, pre-requisites are met, and dance movement or drama ability is of an appropriate standard. Only shortlisted applicants will progress to interview/audition. Applicants who are not at the required standard will not progress to an interview. Those who do not progress to interview are encouraged to apply again the following year.

English language requirements

The University of Melbourne has a set of English language requirements which all applicants must meet. If you have completed a previous degree which was taught and assessed entirely in English you do not have to undertake a test.


You will be asked to pay a non-refundable supplementary application fee via SlideRoom (payable in US dollars).

Can't attend the interview?

Please indicate your availability or any other constraints in the SlideRoom component of your application.


Access Melbourne is the University of Melbourne's special entry and access scheme for domestic students.

It can help you gain a place in a degree even if your WAM (weighted average mark) is below the selection rank normally needed for an offer, however you still need to meet course prerequisites. You may be also eligible for guaranteed entry and there are Access Scholarships available also.

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 as well as instructions on how to apply via the Graduate Access Melbourne page.

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