Master of Art Therapy

La Trobe University

This specialised program provides training in the practice of art therapy, which combines art and psychotherapy within a clinical setting or therapeutic environment. Art therapy is used for treatment and healing, and for the prevention of developmental, emotional, psychological or physical issues, problems or disorders.

Course Fee:

Australian: $50,000
International: $70,000

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree in fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, psychology or nursing; At least one year of art therapy, counselling and / or community work experience (paid or voluntary); NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place; Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


240 credit points of coursework including 3 semesters of supervised art therapy placements totalling 750 hours; a Master's level final project.

Subjects you can Study:

Art therapy


The Master of Art Therapy is approved by the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Graduates of the Master of Art Therapy may apply for professional membership with ANZACATA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Art Therapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 2 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 4 years
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