Bachelor of Arts Therapy

Study Mode: On-Campus, Distance Learning
Campus Locations: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Attendance Mode: Full-time, Part-time

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

CRICOS Code: 094684M

Arts Therapy is effective in working with diverse groups of clients of all age groups,
abilities, and with a range of issues; it is particularly effective in engaging people who may struggle to participate in more traditional ‘talking therapies’ such as children, adolescents, people suffering from trauma, those with disabilities, language difficulties or those from other cultural backgrounds. The experience of expressing oneself through creative activity has been found to assist in the promotion of physical, emotional, cognitive and social integration and functioning. The consequent insights and personal understandings can be instrumental in facilitating change.

Key Information

Application Close Date: Monday 23 August 2021


Bachelor of
Arts Therapy


3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)






This qualification is FEE-HELP approved for eligible applicants.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts Therapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with specific emphasis on the underlying principles and concepts of Arts Psychotherapy.

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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Course Sequencing and Structure

Arts Therapy Program Course Structure

There are a total of 24 subjects plus a 480-hour placement.
See below for the course sequencing and structure:

Course Subjects

Year 1, Trimester 1

  • Foundations in Arts Psychotherapy
  • Qualities in Art Making and Media
  • Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 1

Year 1, Trimester 2

  • Dimensional Modalities in Arts Therapy
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1
  • Arts Therapy – Intermodal Approach

Year 1, Trimester 3

  • Espressive Modalities in Arts Therapy
  • Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy
  • Foundations of Professional Competency


Year 2, Trimester 1

  • Arts Psychotherapy in Practice (Groups)
  • Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress
  • Creativity and Mental Health

Year 2, Trimester 2


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Drama Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with Young People
  • Social Ecology – Eco-psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Dream Symbols in Psychotherapy


  • Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy
  • Life Span Development

Year 2, Trimester 3

  • Clinical Supervision 1
  • Practicum 1 (120 hrs)
  • Practicum 2 (120 hrs)


Year 3, Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Addictive Behaviours
  • Social Ecology – Art and Social Change
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Eastern Practice and Western Psychology


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Voice and Sound Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Disabilities
  • Social Ecology – Indigenous Approaches to Wellbeing
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 2

Year 3, Trimester 2

  • Practicum 3 (120 hours)
  • Clinical Supervision 2
  • Practicum 4 (120 hours)

Delivery Format

Course delivery will be through a combination of facilitated classroom learning , self-directed learning and work placement.

There are 3 subjects per trimester, with 3 trimesters in years 1 & 2, and 2 trimesters in year 3 allowing for completion of assessments and clinical placement in years 2 & 3.

  • Year 1, 3 trimesters of 13 weeks each
  • Year 2, 3 trimesters of 13 weeks each
  • Year 3, 2 trimesters of 13 weeks each plus completion of assessments and clinical placement

This course has been designed with association membership requirements in mind.
Students are eligible to apply for Tier 2 membership with ANZACATA.

Interested in studying this course online? Click here to learn more about our distance learning options.

Graduate Pathways

The Bachelor of Arts Therapy will cater for:

  • Students with no prior learning in Arts Psychotherapy.
  • Students who have completed an accredited art therapy Diploma or Advanced Diploma and wish to further expand their knowledge in this area.  If you have previously studied an Ikon Counselling / Art Therapy VET qualification.

The Bachelor of Arts Therapy provides students with a clear pathway, directly engaging in Arts Psychotherapy for the entirety of their training, and providing a sound undergraduate foundation upon which to build further, higher level training.

The foundational subjects will also provide a solid grounding for other specialised modalities including dramatherapy, and dance/movement therapy, and further study at postgraduate level.

Download the course brochure here.

Admission Criteria

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds. For admission to this course you must meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Australian Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 65
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Certificate IV level or higher
  • Completion (or partial) of a higher education qualification

Applicants who finished senior secondary school more than two years ago, or have not undertaken any formal accredited study, may gain entry in recognition of their work and life experiences. Work/Life applicants must be at least 21 years of age when they commence their studies and are required to submit a written admission statement of 300 to 500 words outlining their reasons for wanting to study. For more information about writing your admissions statement please click here.

All applicants are subject to an interview.

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