The Master of Art Therapy is a clinical training program where you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience for working as an art therapist in a wide variety of contexts.
Our Master of Art Therapy course is the only offered in NSW, and one of three such courses available in Australia.
Postgraduate Study Information
Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional qualification that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons? Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field.
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Art Therapy at Western
Art therapy is a form of individual, family and group psychotherapy in which participants engage in visual art processes within a therapeutic relationship with a highly trained art therapy practitioner. It will enable you be skilled in a therapeutic approach to assist people in times of emotional distress, and can be effective for clients with a wide range of psychological, social and physical problems.
Nationally and internationally, a Master of Art Therapy is the recognised qualification that entitles you to work as a professional in this field. At Western Sydney University, you will gain skills and confidence through a balance of academic and experiential learning, with extensive opportunities to practise art therapy under supervision.
The course emphasises the therapeutic and pedagogical value of fine arts practice and encourages learning through creative exploration, interpersonal communication and self-reflection. Students become familiar with the histories, theories and practices of art therapy before undergoing intensive art therapy clinical training through 750 supervised hours of field placement.
Our teaching team for the Master of Art Therapy is composed of highly trained and experienced art therapists working alongside allied clinicians, social scientists and researchers.
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $24,280*
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 course 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 course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.