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What will I learn?

This specialised 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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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$39,000.00 (US$ 25,483) per year

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

Start date

27 February 2023


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

APAC-accredited Australian Bachelor's degree. WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 75%. Applicants must have completed their degree within the last 10 years. Specialisation - compulsory: Psychology. WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) H1 in Honours year.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

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

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.

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

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).

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening.

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 102 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 73 with no communicative skill score less than 65.

C1 Advanced: 191 with no less than 185 in any component

C2 Proficiency: 191 with no less than 185 in any component

*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

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