Diploma of Arts Therapy

Study Mode: On-Campus, Distance Learning
Campus Locations: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (domestic students only)
Attendance Mode: Full-time, Part-time

CRICOS Code: 097944E
AQF Level 5

The Diploma of Arts Therapy is your pathway to an exciting career as an arts psychotherapist. In this higher education diploma, you will study the significance of symbolic expression for healing outcomes. Arts psychotherapy 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 Diploma of Arts Therapy will prepare you to be a skilled, and transformative arts psychotherapist.

Key Information

T1 22 Application Close Date: Saturday 22 January 2022

AWARD

Diploma of
Arts Therapy

DURATION

1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

INTAKES

February
May
September

CAMPUSES

Adelaide
Brisbane
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

STUDY MODE

Overview

 

The Diploma of Arts Therapy is your pathway to an exciting career as an arts psychotherapist. In this higher education diploma, you will study the significance of symbolic expression for healing outcomes. Arts psychotherapy 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.

Throughout the year you will be provided with the opportunity to extend and consolidate your own development as a foundation for helping to foster and guide the development of others in a therapeutic setting. The course will introduce to you a wide range of theories, techniques, and practices relevant to arts psychotherapy. 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.

As part of the course, you will also actively engage in one professional experience placement with a range of client populations

The Diploma of Arts Therapy will prepare you to be a skilled, and transformative arts psychotherapist

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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Course Structure

Study Sequence

The course consists of 9 subjects. You must successfully complete all subjects to graduate with the Diploma of Arts Therapy (54 credit points).

Each academic year consists of three study periods called trimesters. Each trimester consists of twelve weeks of teaching plus one exam week.

A full-time study load is nine subjects per year across three trimesters.

Click here to see a typical full-time study plan

 

Delivery & Workload

Course delivery for the Diploma of Arts Therapy is a combination of lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workplace learning.

You should allow for 3 hours per subject for lectures and tutorials. For each subject, you should then spend approximately 9 hours per week for self-directed study to complete prescribed readings, practice skills, research, study and complete assessments.

Subjects

Foundations of Art Psychotherapy

In this subject, you will explore your subjective lived experience as the basis for the development of your personal arts psychotherapeutic approach. You will develop your capacity to be aware of your own experience of being in the world. The learning will be experiential and focused on your ability to notice your lived experience in the present moment and articulate this through rich description using a range of modalities.

Subject Code: PSYC101

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Qualities of Art Making and Media 

This subject extends the focus on subjective lived experience, covered in PSYC101 Foundations of Arts Psychotherapy, to encompass an exploration of the lived experience of ‘being with’ art, art-making and art media. Within this subject, you will be introduced to the history of art in healing and will undertake research into tribal, religious and secular traditions. Through interactive lectures and experiential learning, you will explore questions such as: What is art? What are art materials/media? What happens during the art-making process?

Subject Code: ARTS101

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 

This subject focuses on developing competence in understanding and integrating contemporary and classical views on the nature of health and wellbeing and draws upon current debates and practices concerned with the complex mind-body relationship, consciousness and states of consciousness and therapeutic interventions within psychotherapy, medicine, psychiatry, neurosciences and ethnomedicine. In addition, these elements of an integrative approach are supported and expanded by critical, analytical perspectives on culture, social and political structures and dynamics in the definition of health and wellbeing and systems of intervention.

Subject Code: PSYC801

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Dimensional Modalities in Arts Therapy 

In this subject students will acquire and develop a range of specific 2D and 3D visual art skills. They will come to understand art materials as a therapeutic modality and practice in assessing the inherent qualities of the media. Students will practice self-reflection when being with another person in the art-making process. They will come to understand the power of witnessing, holding space, and withholding comments and judgement, while developing metacognition in the witnessing process. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the qualities that art materials possess and learn to work with appropriate art materials in particular contexts. Students will learn relevant underpinning materials theory and explore how intersubjectivity relates to client experiences of materials in arts psychotherapy.

Subject Code: ARTS102

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Expressive Modalities in Arts Therapy 

In this subject, students will be introduced to working with various expressive modalities including play, drama, movement, music, voice, storytelling, and sand-play. Students are encouraged to consider their experiences engaging with expressive modalities and conceptualise how they may be used to explore and achieve therapeutic goals. Students will learn relevant underpinning materials theory and explore how intersubjectivity relates to client experiences of materials in arts psychotherapy.

Subject Code: ARTS103

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1 

“In this subject students will be introduced to the fundamental theory and practice that underlies effective psychotherapeutic practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the role of psychotherapy in society. They will reflect on their own acculturation and the ways in which this might influence their practice. Students will be introduced to the notion of relationality, and explore why it is foundational to the therapeutic change process.

At a practical level, students will witness demonstrations of certain key therapeutic skills essential to effective psychotherapy, and also engage in exercises designed to develop these basic skills. In addition to a strong emphasis on skills-based learning this subject will focus on the areas such as: therapeutic relationship building, communication, empathy and transference / counter-transference issues.”

Subject Code: PSYC802

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Art Therapy Inter-modal Approach 

This subject will introduce students to the application of an inter-modal approach to Arts Psychotherapy, including the advantages and challenges of this approach. Inter-modal arts Psychotherapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, horticulture/nature, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. Building on their knowledge of the multi-sensory body, students will learn to attune to their senses of touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing as the foundation of an inter-modal approach in which the therapist and client move freely between different modalities. Students will be introduced to the application of a range of creative arts in an improvisational way in the form of a self-inquiry. Additionally, students will learn to apply a range of creative arts therapy techniques and processes including horizontalisation, amplification, reduction, and providing creative responses within this inter-modal approach.

Subject Code: ARTS104

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects:ARTS102; ARTS103

Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy  

“This subject has as its focus the knowledge and skills required to practice as a psychotherapist within the designated professional ethical, legal and professional standards as set down by the peak accrediting bodies within the field of psychotherapy/arts psychotherapy. The subject requires the student to examine their own personal values and belief systems as a foundation for the development of professional ethical practice.

The ethical, political and legal context of psychotherapeutic practice will be explored through case studies, professional situations and duty of care issues in contemporary therapy practice. There is emphasis on the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to practice ethically and legally as a therapist including self-reflection of the practitioner’s own values. Skill development includes understanding of how to work with confidentiality, informed consent, themes of power, and practice boundaries.”

Subject Code: SOSC801

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Foundations of Scholarly Practice  

This subject explores with students the foundations of scholarly practice in higher education and its role in supporting a humanistic liberal arts education. Students will develop an understanding of how scholarly practice contributes to the development and organization of self and mind. The subject introduces, places into context, and develops skills in listening and speaking; reading and writing; reasoning, argumentation, and communication; the schematics of thought; reflective and reflexive thinking; metacognition and the development of self; communication and community; and the scientific method; and explantation of international and Australian trends to enable successful engagement in scholarly practice as a higher education student.

Subject Code: SOSC804

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Arts Therapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as an arts therapist with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice. 

Admission Criteria

 

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:

  • Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 60
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher
  • Completion (or partial completion) of a higher education qualification

Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience. You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon. For more information about writing your admissions statement click here.

All applicants participate in an admissions interview.

International applicants, and any applicants who did not complete their previous study in English, must evidence a minimum IELTS Overall Score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

You should choose the admission pathway most relevant to your academic background. To discuss the best pathway for your circumstances, please contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or via email at admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

For more information see:

Application Process
Domestic Student Admission Policy

Recognition of Prior Learning

 

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the learning outcomes of a subject from earlier learning, experience or achievements. Where equivalence of prior learning can be established, the student is exempt from attending that particular subject in order to complete their course.

You may apply for course credit towards the Diploma of Arts Therapy in recognition of prior learning which may result in course credit and exemption from that subject. For more information on the application process, see the Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Policy or contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

 

Pathways

 

Credit Transfer

Graduates of the higher education Diploma of Arts Therapy through Ikon Institute of Australia may gain entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts TherapyEligible applicants will receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing.

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