Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Dr Michael Campanelli


The current research aimed to study the potential value of using art therapy as an intervention with refugees. Through a case study design the immigration experiences of two Bosnian refugees in Perth, Western Australia were explored.

Through a study of individual interview data and the art work of the participants, recurring themes and symbols, as well as verbal and written responses that relate to the refugee experience of home and journey were examined. The theoretical framework for the approach to this research draws from a combination of archetypal, existential and psychodynamic theories.