Why Ikon?

Ikon is a private Institute of Higher Education in creative therapies, counselling and psychotherapy and early childhood education. Ikon has been helping people help others for over 30 years.

Ikon aims to create a difference through learning and continued professional education. The goal is to develop professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to an international community committed to social change, healing and learning.

Our higher education courses in creative therapies, psychotherapy and counselling, and early childhood education provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to move forward with rewarding careers. Ikon students are diverse but are connected by a common desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

  • We provide support to students across their life-cycle of learning; including orientation , academic skill sessions, counselling, expert lecturers, like-minded students and alumni program.
  • We provide a personalised educational experience that incorporates small class sizes with greater opportunity for guidance. This creates a positive impact on learning through increased time on tasks, tailored instruction and supported classroom participation.
  • Our involvement in the broader community, through our connections with industry, ensures content is innovative, relevant, and current to the needs of the sectors in which we operate.

Our teaching staff come from diverse backgrounds and have professional experience in the disciplines they teach, ensuring the examples they share are relevant to current practices.

Want to know more? Contact a Course Advisor today.

Connect With Like-Minded Individuals

Classes are conducted in an environment and style allowing you to learn, develop and practice alongside like-minded people.  Ikon provides a personalised educational experience that incorporates small class sizes with greater opportunity for guidance, time on tasks, tailored instruction and supported classroom participation. Ikon’s expert lecturers deliver theoretical and experiential learning to help students become career-ready art therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists and early childhood educators. Ikon has helped many individuals start their career or supplement their skills as an existing practitioner or early childhood educator.

A Rewarding Career

Imagine working in an industry that is exciting, rewarding and growing. We have helped thousands of people like you start their career or supplement their skills to open up additional opportunities in their existing field. Graduates can be found working in private practice, or in specialist roles within aged care, hospitals, schools, community services or other health services.

More Opportunities For You

Our relationships with the industry ensure course material is reflective of current industry practices. It also means we are often the first to hear of placement and graduate opportunities.

Participating in Decision Making

At Ikon, there are opportunities for students to participate in a range of decision-making opportunities, including being a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Academic Board.

As a student representative on our Academic Board, you will actively participate in high-level decision-making, enabling you to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of academic management and acquire the skills of governance and compliance that are the basis on which all decisions at Ikon are made. If such an opportunity interests you, please speak to a member of the Student Experience team.

#FindYourWhy with Ikon

Face to face delivery is an essential part of quality learning. Ikon’s experienced teaching staff will support you during your studies and share a variety of real-life approaches and experiences to help you develop your professional skills, and feel confident and career-ready, upon completion of your course.

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Smaller class sizes creating a dynamic and supportive learning environment for students

5 Ways Ikon Will Prepare You for A Rewarding Career

A journey that mixes theory with experiential processes to ensure students obtain a deeper understanding of what is being taught

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Student support through the entire lifecycle of your learning, with our dedicated team of Student Counsellors and Academic staff


Can I work full time and study?

Ikon recognises that our students need to fit learning around their current lifestyle and commitments. Where possible, the scheduling of all courses takes into account school and public holidays and also considers people currently in the work force. In many instances it is possible to work full time and study an IKON qualification however, you will need to be well organised and have some flexibility within your employment to attend training days.

Why do some courses have a Placement requirement?
Placement is an exciting opportunity and gives students a chance to explore different sectors of their particular industry and to validate their thoughts on where they would like to work once they have graduated. During placement, students are given the opportunity to practice all that has been learnt throughout the course, in a protective and supportive environment (without being expected to know it all!). The length of placement / number of placement hours varies by course to comply with the AQTF standards.
How can I pay my Tuition Fees?

Payment can be made up front or by instalments. Please contact Ikon for more information.

What will I receive upon successful completion of my qualification?

On successful completion of each qualification you will receive an official academic transcript, recognising the achievement of your nationally recognised qualification.
With a strong emphasis on evidence-based theory and practical techniques, Ikon graduates will emerge job ready and can start applying for work in your chosen career.

Do you offer Student Support?
We offer a variety of student support benefits including study skills workshops, student support staff, a dedicated placement officer and student counsellors, all with the aim of supporting you through the lifecycle of your learning journey.
How much time out of class time do I need to allow for additional study?
This depends both on the course you choose AND can also vary throughout the course. We encourage you to allocate 1-2 days per week of home study. If you are concerned about the level of commitment required, we encourage you to discuss your specific circumstances with the relevant Education Support Officer.
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What are the entry requirements?

Ikon’s students come from all walks of life but have in common a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others through their work.

The admission criteria below applies to all courses of study:

a) satisfy the admission criteria most relevant to their circumstances

b) satisfy any course specific admission criteria relevant to their chosen course

c) meet the published English Language Proficiency Requirements for their course of interest

d) be at least 18 years of age at course commencement

e) participate in short informal interview

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

The admission pathways are categorised into four groups. Each Applicant Group is described in the Student Selection and Admissions Policy. You should choose the group most relevant to your circumstances and academic background.

If you have any questions about the best applicant group for your circumstances, please contact a Course Advisor at:

Email: admissions@ikoninstitute.com.au
Phone: 1300 000 933

Can I receive Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process whereby knowledge and skills you already have may be recognised. Ikon values existing knowledge and experience irrespective of where or how they were acquired. Applications for RPL must be submitted and assessed PRIOR to enrolling in the course. Assessment includes evidence from a variety of available sources that could include receipt of parchments / transcripts, your resume, work references.

Contact Ikon for further information or click here to view the RPL kit for your qualification.


What kind of work can I apply for?

Ikon graduates can be found working in private practice, or in specialist roles within Aged Care, Hospitals, Schools, Community Services or General Health Services. The opportunities are endless.

Many of our graduates gain employment from their placement position. Other graduates have been successful in gaining employment in job roles that have allowed them to utilise their specific skills within the role. Examples of this include Program Coordinator or Case Manager.

We encourage all Graduates to apply for ‘Therapeutic Roles’ when they are intended to be part of a team. This often means a shift in the roles within the team, which is welcomed by management if it broadens the skill base!