Masters in Therapeutic
Arts Practice

Overview

This is a 3 year part time program.

The first 18 months
All students complete the first six compulsory subjects.
On successful completion of the compulsory subjects students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts practice or progress* into semester 2.

The second 18 months
All students select a study stream in either Therapeutic Practice or Arts Inquiry Practice

*Students will be required to gain a credit grade average in the final four compulsory subject to progress into a study stream

Study Sequence

Compulsory Subjects

This subject provides an introduction to the values that inform the MIECAT multimodal approach to inquiring with an emphasis on being attentive to the nuances of relational lived and intersubjective experiencing. It is anticipated that students will learn strategies for becoming more attentive to, and aware of the detail of moment to moment experiencing as it occurs in relationship to others, to the material world and in different places and spaces.

This subject expands upon the understanding of MIECAT core values of experiencing, relationality, emergence, multimodality explored in Unit One, by focusing greater awareness on the immediacy of bodily sensation, sensory perception and somatic experiencing in our relational being with others, through time and in space/place.

Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore a range of modes, materials and arts processes, and describe interactions with creative modes, tools, materials and emergent forms. They will also attend to the detail of their arts making and to respond to moment-to-moment resonances. A focus on the details of the relational experience (the intersubjective relationship) with the materials and the emergent forms is central to this unit.

This subject offers students an opportunity to closely attend to the emerging process of making a multimodal arts inquiry into what they have come to know in their studies so far. It is anticipated that students will consolidate and further explore emerging understandings gained over the course of the year, as well as develop skills in presenting/writing up their multimodal arts inquiry.

In this subject, students will learn how to intersubjectively attune to their own and the co-inquirer’s emotional experiencing and describe and represent this emotional experiencing through different modalities. Students will also learn to inquire into patterns of emotional experiencing and understand how emotions connect to needs, values and choices.

The focus of this subject is for students to develop and refine their skills and experience in companioning practice, and cultivate reflexivity through reflective practice and engagement with feedback. Students will undertake experiential inquiries through companioning with their peers in a variety of contexts, using diverse modalities and for different durations.

Study Streams

Following successful completion of the compulsory subjects, students will select from one the following study ‘streams’, Therapuetic Practice or Arts Inquiry Practice. Practicums will be located within work place contexts suitable to the study stream. Practicums will be an equivalent of 1.5 days per week for 12 months completed in year 3 of the Masters program.

Therapeutic Practice

The subjects in the Therapeutic Practice option are designed for a professional application. Students who select this option will have the opportunity to undertake a practicum placement within a variety of workplace contexts. The workplace settings may require students to engage with different emphases, for example, with a community arts and health application, responding to needs within an education context, or bringing a more intentional therapeutic focus. These may vary according to workplace requirements, whether students are supporting health and wellbeing, developing curriculum or arts programs, engaging community connection, enabling creative expression and meaning making, or running group therapy sessions. Practicums may be taken within your own workplace with certain conditions. Students will incorporate the MIECAT approach to arts inquiry and multi-modal practice and will undertake an arts project at the practicum workplace.

The work of this subject is grounded in the understanding that as humans we are inherently relational. In Working Relationally, students will work ethically with their peers to inquire into the patterned nature of relational experiencing using and adapting the procedures of MIECAT’s form of inquiry.

In this subject students will work in an extended companioning relationship with one or two peers. Together they will be expected to develop a productive and collaborative working relationship, maintaining an ongoing reflective/reflexive inquiry into their processes and choices as they inquire multi-modally into significant moments of lived experience.

In this subject students will develop and refine practical companioning skills, as well as the ability to work relationally and multimodally, in the context of either Community Arts and Health, Therapy, or Education. They will develop these skills in their practicum placement organisations. It is expected that students will work with participants within their placement organisations, using a MIECAT approach to therapeutic arts practice and inquiry as the basis for their work.

This subject follows on from CP 1. In CP 2 students will continue to develop and refine practical companioning skills, as well as the ability to work relationally and multimodally, in their placement setting. Students are expected to be able to demonstrate a high-level skill in multi-modal companioning as well as reflective and reflexive practice in relation to learning edges. This includes the capacity to be responsive to participants, to act ethically in their work with service users and other professionals, to respond appropriately to all feedback from supervisors, and to be a reflective reflexive practitioner.

Arts Inquiry Practice

The subjects in the Arts Inquiry Practice option are designed for creative and artistic exploration as well as scholarship and research applications. There is an explicit focus on multimodal creative arts in inquiry practice with an understanding that this way of working is inherently therapeutic. A key assumption we hold is that the arts in and as inquiry constitute vital forms of scholarship within the broader field of arts-based research. Students who select this option will have the opportunity to work towards creating a multimodal arts-based inquiry project. This multimodal arts inquiry project may be studio based and may take a variety of forms, including a community arts project, an exhibition, performance, publication, multimodal thesis, or studio practice inquiry project. We imagine that students who have an interest in developing their own arts inquiry practice processes towards scholarship and research projects would undertake these subjects.

This subject offers an opportunity to engage in an individual arts inquiry focussing on arts making and also responsiveness to artistic forms that emerge in arts making. The individual arts inquiry will be designed and implemented in individual off-site studio practice, which could be your kitchen table or the appropriate space to hold your practice.

In this subject students are required to consider their own preferred approaches to arts inquiry processes and practice. This includes honing in on their own areas of interest and curiosity as well as considering the epistemological, axiological and methodological underpinnings of their arts inquiry process and practice. This is supported by multimodal explorations of arts based inquiry methodologies, conceptual foundations, and practices within the field.

In this subject students will be expected to engage in 175 hours of studio based multimodal arts inquiry practice towards the development of a multimodal arts inquiry project. The duration of this subject extends across one semester and links to the following Studio Inquiry Practice subject SIP 2. Over the course of this subject students will be required to attend 4 x 2 day experiential workshops designed to support their studio practice and the development of their multimodal arts inquiry project.

In this subject students will continue to develop their studio based multimodal arts inquiry practice (175 hours). In addition, students will be required to attend 3 x 2 day experiential workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 supervision designed to support their studio practice and the development of their multimodal arts inquiry project. Over the course of SIP 1 & SIP 2 it is expected that students will demonstrate a developed understanding of the conceptual and methodological underpinnings of their own arts inquiry processes and practice, as well as of the field of arts based inquiry. At the completion of this subject students will present/submit their completed multimodal arts inquiry project.