Therapy Through Art

Subject Overview

The emerging correlations between health, art and culture are being recognised as important determinants of health and wellbeing. Healthy individuals create healthy societies. This subject explores Mental Health, Art and Culture in a broader context and how they relate to individual and societal wellbeing.


Art is a form of psychotherapy for individuals families and groups in which the participants engage in artistic processes within a therapeutic relationship. Art can be practised within therapy and as therapy. Art is a valuable therapeutic approach to a wide range of psychological, social and physical conditions. This subject examines the models and methods of art therapy and explores use within a range of mental health conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the history, philosophy and practice of art therapy
  • Evaluate the application of art therapy in the context of mental health conditions
  • Apply art therapy to case studies
  • Explore the determinants of mental health in the context of art and cultural influences
  • Design a therapeutic experience

Subject Structure

This subject runs for ten weeks, via our online learning platform NTiLearn.




Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.

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