La Trobe University

Master of Art Therapy


Start dates
Semester 1 (February)
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$25,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.
This specialised program provides you with training in the practice of art therapy, which combines art and counselling within a clinical, therapeutic or community context. Art therapy is used for the treatment and healing of developmental, emotional and psychological problems or disorders. It is also used as a wellbeing intervention for groups and communities experiencing distress.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


An undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy or nursing. At least one year of human services work experience such as counselling and/or community work (paid or voluntary). A written application and submission of a portfolio demonstrating your skills with a range of visual art media. Please see the Master of Art Therapy checklist [PDF 447KB] for details. 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates are qualified to practise as art therapists in clinical settings including hospitals, community health programs and rehabilitation services. Graduates can also find work in education and psychiatric settings and in aged care, palliative and forensic centres. You’ll help people with varied healthcare needs including those dealing with substance abuse, eating disorders and in rehabilitation.

Professional recognition

The Master of Art Therapy is approved by the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Graduates of the Master of Art Therapy may apply for professional membership with ANZATA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$25,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

Additional costs

You will need to pay approximately $100 for materials and $500 for immunisations. You’ll also need to obtain a National Police Certificate (A$16 to A$34.70). Please note: all costs are approximate and in Australian dollars.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree 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

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.