Professional Doctorate in Therapeutic Arts Practice

Feeling for the Fit #9. Stacey Bush.


This course offers candidates the opportunity to develop high-level practice and research skills in therapeutic arts practice. A strong emphasis is placed on working collaboratively and multi-modally with individuals and groups in the community health and welfare, arts and education sectors. Successful candidates will be assigned two supervisors (one of which must be a MIECAT trained practitioner) in the first year of their candidature.

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This program is designed as a 5 year part time professional doctorate. Candidature will be considered provisional until students have completed any ethics applications that are required and the first year progress report (both of which must be completed by the end of semester two in their first year). Confirmation of candidature will occur after the HREC and the MIECAT Institute’s Education Committee has reviewed the candidate’s submissions and deemed them satisfactory.

Candidates will be required to attend both group and individual supervision across the 5 years and also present work in progress, as well as attend the MIECAT seminar series (a subject for Years 1–4).

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First year presentation. Photo credit: B. Miles. 


MIECAT Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice or previous MIECAT Masters degree.
Evidence of capacity to complete academic writing, such as an arts-inquiry paper, a peer-reviewed journal article, or equivalent publication (3,000–5,000 words).
Professional experience related to the fields of the arts, therapy, community well-being, education, or research.


Either Honours degree or Masters degree from another Higher Education provider in a relevant area (with grades considered reasonable).
Evidence of capacity to:
– complete academic writing, such as a peer-reviewed journal article or equivalent publication (min 3,000–5,000 words).
– undertake an arts-based inquiry, such as a portfolio of creative works.
Related professional experience (as above).

Applicants who have not completed a MIECAT degree might be asked to complete additional content at the beginning of year 1.

Depending on prior experience any required workshops would focus on: Arts-based/artistic research and bringing arts-making or an arts practice into inquiry work; and,
an introduction to MIECAT’s approach to arts inquiry.

Pages of Raeleen Hall’s Doctoral thesis.
Basket weave. Emma van Daal.


Places in the Masters and Professional Doctorate program are limited. All applications received will be reviewed and considered by the Selection and Admissions Panel. To find out more, contact us via the form below and indicate which program you are interested in knowing more about.