COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?


This specialized program provides you with training in the practice of art therapy, which combines art and counselling within a clinical, therapeutic or community context. Art therapy is used for the treatment and healing of developmental, emotional and psychological problems or disorders. It is also used as a wellbeing intervention for groups and communities experiencing distress.

Career outcomes

Graduates are qualified to practise as art therapists in clinical settings including hospitals, community health programs and rehabilitation services. Graduates can also find work in education and psychiatric settings and in aged care, palliative and forensic centres. You'll help people with varied healthcare needs including those dealing with substance abuse, eating disorders and in rehabilitation.

Professional recognition

The Master of Art Therapy is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates of the Master of Art Therapy may apply for registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Arts and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,000.00 (20,87,794) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic level

Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)

Art portfolio (Compulsory)

Applicants must provide a written application and submit a portfolio demonstrating their skills with a range of visual art media (Compilation of 10-15 photographs of your own original artwork).

Work experience (Compulsory)

At least one year of human services work experience such as counselling and/or community work (paid or voluntary).

Counselling requirement

Prospective students who do not meet the counselling skills requirements for entry into the Master of Art Therapy may pathway through our Introduction to Counselling Skills Course.

Specialisations (Compulsory)

Fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy or nursing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About La Trobe University

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017