Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy

IKON Institute of Australia

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy 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. The foundational subjects will provide a solid grounding for other specialised modalities including dramatherapy, and dance/movement therapy, studied at a post graduate level. The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy includes a professional placement totalling 480 hours. The degree will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to integrate Arts Psychotherapy into your existing vocation or as a private practitioner

Entry Requirements:

You must be at least 19 years of age at course commencement and you must meet one of the following requirements: Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent; Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree and Complete a Counselling Applicant Screening Questionnaire. If you are aged 21 years or over: Application will be through completion of a course enrolment form.


Each trimester is 13 weeks in duration, consisting of 12 teaching weeks and 1 week of self directed learning. Students will attend 1 full day and 1 half day per week during each teaching week. 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Foundations in Arts Psychotherapy, Qualities of Art Making and Media, Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1, Arts Therapy and Multi-Modal Approaches, Arts Modalities in Therapy 1 (Materials), Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing, Arts Modalities in Therapy 2 (Modalities), Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy, Foundations of Professional Competency, Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress, Creativity and Mental Health, Arts Psychotherapy in Practice 2: Groups, Life Span Development, Arts Psychotherapy in Practice : Specific Populations, Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy, Practicum 1 (120 hours), Clinical Supervision 1, Practicum 2 (120 hours) , Fundamentals of Research and Evaluation, Art and Social Action, Psychotherapy in Practice, Practicum 3 (120 hours), Clinical Supervision 2 and Self-Care, Practicum 4 (120 hours)

Study Pathways:

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy 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. Currently, students enter the Art Therapy tertiary stream via undergraduate courses in health sciences, or arts, or they enrol directly into a Masters Art Therapy program. The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy 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. In conjunction with the IKON Diploma / Advanced Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma, the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy provides a progressing academic training pathway that offers individuals a structured method to become an accredited arts psychotherapist. Students are eligible for ACATA and / or ANZATA membership – at a Student level. Upon reaching a minimum of 2 years experience / 300 client contact hours and supervision with a Registered Arts Therapist, Graduates are then eligible for ACATA membership at a Graduate level.

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Adelaide, South Australia No info Yes
Brisbane, Queensland No info Yes
Perth, Western Australia No info Yes
Melbourne, Victoria No info Yes
Byron Bay, New South Wales No info Yes
The IKON Institute of Australia is a Registered Training Organisation specialising in the delivery of Art Therapy, Counselling, Youth Work/Community Services, Integrative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy nationally recognised qualifications. Delivering training in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Byron Bay, the IKON Institute aims to create a difference through experiential learning, and for its graduates to continually develop their potential.

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Established in 1986, IKON Institute of Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code: 40263) which provides accredited training and related courses to students in Australia. IKON Institute of Australia offers 18 courses across 10 study fields. IKON Institute of Australia courses are offered in 6 locations. You can view their campus locations by clicking on the campus tab. If you would like to learn more about IKON Institute of Australia you can use the contact form listed on our page or you can visit the IKON Institute of Australia website directly at

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