Adv. Dip. of Art Therapy

Course Description

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Qualification:     Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy
Duration:              Two formats available.   12 month duration or 24 month duration*(1500 nominal hours)
Accreditation:    Nationally Accredited.  Accredited with the ACA.

Next Intake 2018

Course Overview
Art Therapy is one of the most popular, innovative therapies being used today. It draws upon a number of creative and expressive modalities ranging from painting, drawing, writing, clay, poetry, drama, dance, music, and sand play. It has a broad range of vocational applications ranging from working with adults, children, aged care clients, brain injury patients, culturally diverse clients, and many client populations in between.

Clients do not need to have any experience or skill in art making – the process is not about creating aesthetic images, but about effecting change and growth through artistic expression in a safe and supportive environment. It is widely used for helping people with depression, relationship and identity issues, poor self esteem, fears, concerns, unhelpful behaviours or personal crisis and other mental health challenges.

This course combines the theory and practice used in Art Therapy within a transpersonal framework. Students will experience a rich, exciting, intense, yet playful journey into the tapestry of the authentic self as they move into and beyond mainstream mental health ideas, and into the deeper dimensions of self realisation; the core of transpersonal work.


Delivery Format
This course can be studied in 2 different formats, both of which contain 12 modules.
Please check if your preferred delivery format is available in your state.

Modules 1 to 11 are coursework, and Module 12 is a 100 hour practical placement in an approved organisation with supervision provided by IKON staff.

Placement is undertaken at the conclusion of the coursework modules and is in addition to the advised course duration.
Format 1: Duration 12 months plus placement
Modules 1-11 are 4 weeks in duration.  In weeks 1 & 2, students attend two consecutive days per week, each week.
Weeks 3 & 4 consist of self directed learning and completion assessment tasks. There is one optional two-hour, online support session in weeks 3 or 4, for each module.
Student’s should allow for an additional 12-15 hours per week of self directed study, to complete online tasks, assignments and readings.
Format 2:  Duration 24 months plus placement
Modules 1-11 are 6 weeks in duration. In weeks 2 and 4, students attend two days per week.
Weeks 1, 3 , 5 & 6 consist of preparation, self directed learning and completion of assessment tasks.
There will be one optional, two-hour online support session in weeks 5 or 6 of each module.
Student’s should allow for an additional 8 hours per week of self directed study, to complete online tasks, assignments and readings.


Graduate Opportunities
Graduates can expect to practice as Art Therapists in Australia either in private practice or with a range of employment places that may include hospitals, community centres and residential care.

Students and / or graduates will be eligible for relevant trainee memberships with ACATA.

  • Becoming an ACATA member ensures professional recognition of your status within the Arts Therapies profession and in the broader community.
  • The TRAINEE category is available to those who are currently studying in an ACATA approved course.
  • Trainee members can remain members of ACATA indefinitely and may have their membership upgraded as additional training is undertaken.


Graduate Success
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 Art Therapy skills within the role.  Examples of this include Program Coordinator or Counsellor.

We encourage Art Therapists 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!

For additional information, please download the course brochure here.


Course Curriculum

  • Art Therapy