Art therapy

Why study Art therapy?

La Trobe University has offered a program in Art Therapy continuously for over 20 years.  We offer a Master of Art Therapy (MAT) degree for students wanting to train to become Art Therapists. Graduates of this course are eligible to be registered with the Australian New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Art Therapy is a practice which combines the creative potential of art making with the relational skills of counselling set within a therapeutic environment.

The La Trobe Art Therapy program is based on the principles and values of humanistic psychotherapy and provides students with a range of perspectives to practice in clinical, educational, rehabilitation and community contexts. The teaching method incorporates experiential, theoretical and practice-based learning approaches. The course also provides students with extended hands-on supervised placement training over 750 hours. The combination of learning strategies adopted by the course equips students with a rigorous platform from which to begin independent practice upon graduation.

Students undertaking the La Trobe Art Therapy course develop the language and theoretical skills to engage in clinical settings with a range of mental health professionals as well as the therapeutic and relational capacities to work with people from a range of disciplines such as teachers, community workers, artists and other non-clinical occupations.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Students who complete this program successfully receive training, skills and practical experience to enable them to practice as art therapists in clinical settings including hospitals, community health programs, rehabilitation services, in education and psychiatric settings, in aged care, palliative and forensic centres, with people experiencing substance abuse, eating disorders, rehabilitation, and numerous other health care needs.

Courses

Local students

2017

Master of Art Therapy

Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This specialised program provides you with training in the practice of art therapy, which combines art and psychotherapy within a clinical setting or therapeutic environment. Art therapy is used for treatment and healing and for the prevention of developmental, emotional, psychological or physical issues, problems or disorders.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Professional recognition
This course qualifies you to apply for professional recognition by the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA).
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree in fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, psychology or nursing. At least one year of art therapy, counselling and / or community work experience (paid or voluntary).

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$23,500 per 120 credit points.
Costs
You will need to pay approximately $100 for materials and $500 for immunisations. Youll also need to obtain a National Police Certificate (A$16 to A$34.70). Please note: all costs are approximate and in Australian dollars.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. As part of your application, you are required to complete the Art Therapy checklist [PDF 447KB]. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Art Therapy (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2017

Master of Art Therapy (077479B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This specialised program provides you with training in the practice of art therapy, which combines art and psychotherapy within a clinical setting or therapeutic environment. Art therapy is used for treatment and healing and for the prevention of developmental, emotional, psychological or physical issues, problems or disorders.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 625 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 102 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 76 with no communicative skill score less than 73.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of A;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as in fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy or nursing. At least one year of art therapy, counselling, and/or community work experience (paid or voluntary). A written application, submission of a portfolio demonstrating your skills with a range of visual art media and a personal interview may also be required.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
You will need to pay approximately $100 for materials and $500 for immunisations. Youll also need to obtain a National Police Certificate (A$16 to A$34.70). Please note: all costs are approximate and in Australian dollars.
Professional recognition
The course meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) guidelines and satisfies the professional accreditation requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
The course also meets the requirements for registration as an art therapist with the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA).
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. As part of your application, you are required to complete the Art Therapy checklist [PDF 447KB]. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Art Therapy (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Art therapy placements

Practical placements are an important part of our art therapy courses. We have a strong network of clinical placements in social, community, education and health contexts including early intervention and infant services; mother and baby units; special education; child and family services; child, adolescent and adult mental health facilities; drug and alcohol services; physical disabilities; palliative care; intellectual disabilities; forensic settings and geriatric care.

Professional recognition

The course meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) guidelines and satisfies the professional accreditation requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

The course also meets the requirements for registration as an art therapist with the Australia New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA).

Course Coordinator

Dr Patricia Fenner

Phone: (03) 9479 1759 

Email p.fenner@latrobe.edu.au

 

Art Materials for Current Students

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

Bella Insch, Art Therapy Student

La Trobe has a great national reputation for its health sciences, especially the art therapy department.

Ms Bella Insch, Health Sciences

Annette - Master of Art Therapy

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Art therapy.