Master of Art Therapy From La Trobe University

Program Overview

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.

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



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,000


IELTS: 7.5 TOEFL: 102


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Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Approaches And Theories Of Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy Clinical Placement A
  • Art Therapy Counselling Skills
  • Art Therapy With Adults
  • Art Therapy With Children
  • Group Art Therapy
  • Materials And Processes In Art Therapy
  • Professional Practice And Supervision A
  • Art Therapy Clinical Placement B
  • Art Therapy Clinical Placement C
  • Art Therapy Literature Review
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Final Project In Art Therapy
  • Open Studio And Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Professional Practice And Supervision B
  • Professional Practice And Supervision C

Academic entry requirement


Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Prospective students who do not meet the counselling skills requirements for entry into the Master of Art Therapy may pathway through our Introduction to Counselling Skills Course.

Applicants must provide a written application and submit a portfolio demonstrating their skills with a range of visual art media (Compilation of 10-15 photographs of your own original artwork).

At least one year of human services work experience such as counselling and/or community work (paid or voluntary).

Specialisation - compulsory: Fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy or nursing.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants to provide two written references (preferably including one academic and one professional reference).

  • All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement.

  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Details will be provided by telephone or mail to applicants required to attend. Short listed applicants will be required to attend a scheduled interview.

  • Applicant to provide resume.

Note: 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.

Annual tuition fee
A$39 000 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

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 accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates of the Master of Art Therapy may apply for registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Art Therapy may apply for membership with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.


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