Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy (Clinical)

Whitecliffe College

Subject area

Rehabilitation Therapies



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy (Clinical) programme is designed to extend and deepen a student's knowledge and skills by building on attainment in the principal subjects of the creative arts and psychotherapy. It provides the student with a systematic and coherent survey of current thinking and the opportunity to undertake self-directed study, research and scholarship in the area of the creative arts in psychotherapy. The supervised research and placement , including report writing, treatment plans and phased supervision, will demonstrate intellectual independence, analytical rigour and sound communication, equipping graduates to work effectively both independently and as members of multi-disciplinary teams within the expanding opportunities being offered to creative arts therapists in Aotearoa New Zealand. Creative arts therapists are benefitting from increasing recognition of the profession and are now able to register as ACC providers and obtain WINZ funding for clients, and are engaging in an ever widening range and complexity of employment opportunities. In addition, the expanding inclusion of more indigenous/Māori/Pasifika approaches to health within the programme is opening opportunities for students in placement and graduates to engage with these communities in appropriate ways.

The MA CAT (Clinical) builds on the successful outcomes of the embedded Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy course and/or on qualifications and experience offered by students who hold equivalent qualifications in related fields and who have significant relevant creative arts therapy experience.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have an appropriate undergraduate degree with experience/study in the helping professions and knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi. Progression into the second year requires successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy (Year One) or equivalent and permission of the Programme Director.

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$9,879 $29,638
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$8,545 $25,635
Total $18,424 $55,273

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (9) 309 5970
Fax: (09) 302 2957

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