Welcome to the University of Tasmania’s online short courses exploring arts practices in healthcare. The materials and activities you will find in these short courses are designed to provide you with an introduction to the broad field of arts/health research and the application of arts practices in the clinical and expressive therapies, and community and personal health settings. Each of the 8 short courses addresses a different area of creative practice in healthcare, and is designed to take approximately 5-6 hours to complete. They offer introductory research, community-based case studies and hands-on activities for you to explore the frameworks and potentially experience the benefits of arts-based health practices for yourself. You will be guided through the learning material with easy to follow modules containing: readings and questions for each focus area; a range of guided hands-on activities; inspirational ideas and discussion boards where you can share your ideas and learning experiences with others from all around the world.

The first short course, 'The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health', is provided FREE whilst the other 7 are offered at an introductory price of $20 AUD each. You are able to pick and choose which short courses you would like to study, in any order, based on your own interests. Feel free to enrol in one or all of them. Students who complete all 8 will receive a free personalised Certificate of Participation.

We hope you enjoy your arts and health journey with us!

Student Feedback

“The best part of the course for me was the references, being able to find research and literary sources to support the types of projects and programs that I am hoping to put in place for a new arts health centre.”

“I have just finished this short course. I found it wonderful!!! Loved all of it. As a visual artist this has helped me to look at more towards bigger and more inclusive art projects.”


The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health


Crafting Health: Craft and Creative Media


Inspired by Nature: Outdoor Therapeutic Environments


Creative Expressions: Story Writing, Journaling & Poetry


Healing Spaces: Indoor Therapeutic Environments


Responding to Sound: Music and Voice


The Act of Health: Drama and Performance


Health in Motion: Dance and Movement

Interested in University recognition?

Australian domestic* students will also have the opportunity to formally assess their learning in these short courses through enrolment in the online unit “Foundations of Arts and Health”. This unit is offered in the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care and you are able to study without tuition fees#.

Classes begin on the 17th of July, 2017.

To find out more or to express interest please visit: www.utas.edu.au/health/arts-and-health

*Domestic students include Australian citizens or students holding Permanent Humanitarian Visas or with Permanent Resident Status. Citizens of countries outside of Australia, including New Zealand, are not eligible to study this unit.
#Conditions apply – Please see website for details