Arts Therapy is effective in working with diverse groups of clients of all age groups, abilities, and with a range of issues; it is particularly effective in engaging people who may struggle to participate in more traditional ‘talking therapies’ such as children, adolescents, people suffering from trauma, those with disabilities, language difficulties or those from other cultural backgrounds. The experience of expressing oneself through creative activity has been found to assist in the promotion of physical, emotional, cognitive and social integration and functioning. The consequent insights and personal understandings can be instrumental in facilitating change.
The Bachelor of Arts Therapy 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.
Graduates may be eligible for tier membership of the key arts therapy professional body in Australia, ANZACATA.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Arts Therapist
What You'll Learn
At Ikon we all learn together. A feature of this course is the focus on experiential small group learning; this enables students to develop and practice their skills and knowledge in a safe supportive environment.
Ikon’s academic staff are all highly qualified, experienced and involved in current Arts Therapy practice; this ensures that the academic content is relevant, current, practical, and engaging. Our specialised academics will support you during your studies and expose you to a variety of approaches and experiences to help you develop your full potential and feel confident and career-ready upon completion of the course.
Students will learn:
- To use a range of different modalities (visual art, sculpture, movement, drama, voice, story-telling) in an improvisational manner that is responsive to clients’ needs.
- To be client-centred and respond to people’s lived experiences in a holistic way rather than treating a particular diagnosis.
- A range of intervention techniques and processes including group work, creativity in mental health and systems approaches to psychotherapy.
- Students will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of exciting electives covering innovative and contemporary fields of practice such as:
- Art and social action;
- Indigenous approaches to health and wellbeing;
- Dreams and symbols
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
- 3 years full time
- The course consists of 24 subjects including three elective subjects, plus a 480-hour placement. You must successfully complete all subjects to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts Therapy (144 credit points)
- Each academic year consists of three study periods called trimesters; each trimester consists of twelve weeks of teaching plus one exam week
- Course delivery for the Bachelor of Arts Therapy is a combination of lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workplace learning
- You should allow for 3 hours per subject for lectures and tutorials. For each subject, you should then spend approximately 10 hours per week for self-directed study to complete prescribed readings, practice skills, research, study and complete assessments
Note: Online delivery is completed via Ikon Distance Education and Learning (IDEAL), which means you learn the same things and you have the same interactions and time with teachers and with other students via Zoom, as you would on one of our physical campuses. You will always be in a live class, with other people, learning together, and able to ask questions directly with your lecturer, not by yourself watching pre-recorded videos.
Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:
- Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 60
- Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher
- Completion (or partial completion) of a higher education qualification
- Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience
You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon.
#FindYourWhy with Ikon
Face to face delivery is an essential part of quality learning. Ikon’s experienced teaching staff will support you during your studies and share a variety of real-life approaches and experiences to help you develop your professional skills, and feel confident and career-ready, upon completion of your course.
- Smaller class sizes create a dynamic and supportive learning environment for students
- A journey that mixes theory with experiential processes to ensure students obtain a deeper understanding of what is being taught
- Student support through the entire lifecycle of your learning, with our dedicated team of Student Counsellors and Academic staff
- 480-hour placement
Recognition of Prior Learning
- Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the learning outcomes of a subject from earlier learning, experience or achievements. Where equivalence of prior learning can be established, the student is exempt from attending that particular subject in order to complete their course.
- You may apply for course credit towards the Diploma of Arts Therapy in recognition of prior learning which may result in course credit and exemption from that subject
Sarah ManningArts Therapy Graduate, 2020
Susie MeagharArts Therapy Student, 2020
Amanda MossFormer Arts Therapy Student
About Ikon Institute of Australia
Ikon is a private Institute of Higher Education in creative therapies, counselling and psychotherapy and early childhood education. Ikon has been helping people help others for over 30 years.
Ikon aims to create a difference through learning and continued professional education. The goal is to develop professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to an international community committed to social change, healing and learning.
Our higher education courses in creative therapies, psychotherapy and counselling, and early childhood education provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to move forward with rewarding careers. Ikon students are diverse but are connected by a common desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
We provide support to students across their life-cycle of learning; including orientation, academic skill sessions, counselling, expert lecturers, like-minded students and alumni program.
We provide a personalised educational experience that incorporates small class sizes with greater opportunities for guidance. This creates a positive impact on learning through increased time on tasks, tailored instruction and supported classroom participation.
Our involvement in the broader community, through our connections with industry, ensures content is innovative, relevant, and current to the needs of the sectors in which we operate.
Our teaching staff come from diverse backgrounds and have professional experience in the disciplines they teach, ensuring the examples they share are relevant to current practices.