Master of Dance Movement Therapy MDMT
The Master of Dance Movement Therapy is an internationally recognized professional accreditation. Over two years of study and research, students become fluent in key aspects of dance movement therapy including anatomy and kinesiology, movement analysis, psychology, dance-based interventions in community and clinical settings, and individual and group therapeutic relationship. You will critically examine practices, theories and issues enabling you to contribute to the field of dance movement therapy in practice and theory.
Auckland, New Zealand
Your first year of study will involve taught courses, practicums and independent research with experienced dance therapists, practitioners and researchers. International and local expertise and networks will support your future in dance therapy.
The second year is comprised of an advanced practicum in dance therapy and a written thesis, which will draw extensively on community and clinic-based experience. You have the opportunity through this to develop a speciality within the field of dance movement therapy.
Grade Point Equivalent
Undergraduate degree or higher.
International English Language Testing System
Further programme requirements
Research 240 points
You must have completed the requirements for the bachelors degree or higher in a relevant field with a GPA of 5.0. Relevant fields include Dance Studies, Counselling, Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport Science, Theatre Studies, and/or qualifications that lead to registration as a health professional.
You must provide a CV, written statement, and attend an interview. You will also be required to consent to the disclosure of criminal convictions.
Your written statement should outline the following:
- Why are you applying for the Master of Dance Movement Therapy
- Why you think you are suited to a career as a dance movement therapist
- What skills and background you bring to this course
- Future goals for your work in this field, including populations you may be interested in working with
This should cover relevant training, experience (professional and amateur), involvement in community and extracurricular activities, dance experiences and accomplishments.
Once you have completed your online application for admission and uploaded your written statement, CV, and academic transcripts you will be contacted via email regarding scheduling in your interview time.
Fee and Scholarship
NZ$8,947.20 – $9,728.40
Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.
*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.
Where could this programme take you?
The Master of Dance Movement Therapy provides qualification as a registered dance movement therapist, in New Zealand, Australia and beyond, in clinical and community contexts. This programme leads to career opportunities bringing together dance and health in diverse national and international contexts. The Master of Dance Movement Therapy is an internationally recognised professional accreditation whose graduates can practice in Australia, New Zealand, and the wider Austral-Asian region. Upon graduation, students will meet the requirements and can apply for provisional professional membership with DTAA (Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia) as a Dance Movement Therapist and full professional registration with ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association) as a Creative Arts Therapist.
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