The Master of Art Therapy is the only program of its kind in NSW, and one of only three such programs in Australia.
This clinical training program shows you how to use visual art media within a therapeutic relationship to help people in distress. You will emerge with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to work as an art therapist in a wide variety of contexts.
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Art Therapy at Western
Art therapy is a form of individual, family and group psychotherapy in which people engage in visual art processes with a highly trained art therapy practitioner. This program emphasises the therapeutic and pedagogical value of fine arts practice and encourages learning through creative exploration, interpersonal communication and self-reflection.
When you graduate, you will be equipped with the therapeutic skills required to assist people in times of emotional distress. These skills can be highly effective for clients with a wide range of psychological, social and physical problems.
You will gain confidence through a balance of academic and experiential learning, with extensive opportunities to undergo clinical training through 750 supervised hours of field placement.
Our teaching team is composed of highly trained and experienced art therapists who work alongside allied clinicians, social scientists and researchers to offer you a well-rounded familiarity with the histories, theories and practices of art therapy.
Nationally and internationally, a Master of Art Therapy is the recognised degree that entitles you to work as a professional in this field.
Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). You are also eligible to apply for professional registration with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $26,720*
Delivery: On campus
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As an art therapy graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Community organisations
Art Therapists utilise a variety of visual art media within a therapeutic relationship to assist people who are emotionally or psychologically distressed and facing difficulties in their lives.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed program of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.