COURSES

Bachelor of Arts Therapy

KEY FACTS

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Therapy
CRICOS Code:
094684M
Duration: 3 Years Full Time
Study Mode: On Campus

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework and
is accredited by the
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
TEQSA Code: CRS1400328

Due to the current situation relating to COVID-19, Ikon is currently utilising online delivery for its courses for all students. For more information, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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.

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

  • Arts Modalities in Therapy 1 (Materials)
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1
  • Arts Therapy – Intermodal Approach

Year 1, Trimester 3

  • Arts Modalities in Therapy 2 (Modalities)
  • Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy
  • Foundations of Professional Competency

EXIT POINT FOR DIPLOMA OF ARTS THERAPY

Year 2, Trimester 1

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

Year 2, Trimester 2

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • 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

REMAINING SUBJECTS:

  • Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy
  • Life Span Development

Year 2, Trimester 3

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

EXIT POINT FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN ARTS THERAPY

Year 3, Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • 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

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • 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.

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

You must be at least 18 years of age at course commencement and meet one of the following 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 and have not undertaken any accredited study may gain entry in recognition of their professional and life experience. Work/Life Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at 1 January in the year they intend to commence their studies.

All applicants are subject to an interview.

For further information on the application and admission process, please see the Domestic Student Admission Policy.

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