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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
1 hour
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
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About this program

Whitecliffe Arts Therapy graduates are able to combine their passions for creativity and for working with others to enhance well-being. They develop the confidence to contribute to this dynamic, emerging field, harnessing their own experience and interests to pioneer new frontiers in this rapidly expanding profession.

Creative expression, which is the basis of arts therapy, can have a significant impact on the healing process. Creative therapists can enjoy rewarding careers in a variety of therapeutic settings in mental health environments, treatment agencies and in the community. Working through art, they help people with trauma, addictions and psychological or emotional issues.

The Whitecliffe low residency Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy (PG Dip AT) programme develops the theoretical knowledge and professional skills utilised within the field, and is a pre-requisite for applications to continue on the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) programme.

Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma of Arts Therapy (Year One) are eligible to apply to continue on the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical).

The first year (the postgraduate diploma) consists of four compulsory courses. This is a full-time course of study. Students are required to attend 10 intensive weekend seminars over one year.

A substantial amount of independent course work is required and while students are free to continue in their employment, they must schedule release time as needed. Participants require a high level of motivation and self-discipline due to the low-residency design of the programme. Computer and Internet access is essential because communication with faculty, research supervisors and other students is maintained online. In between seminars students participate in online group discussions, submit assignments, and prepare presentations.

The four compulsory courses consist of

  • Creative Studio
  • Social Aspects of Arts Therapy
  • Psychology of Arts Therapy
  • Group Arts Therapy


  • Group Process
  • Creative Journal

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

Whitecliffe College is one of New Zealand’s highest ranked and awarded research institutions in the private sector and has a long-standing record of academic excellence. Our vision To be globally recognised as a centre of education excellence, and New Zealand’s...

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