Art Therapy, Master | Western Sydney University | Paramatta, Australia
24 months
28056 AUD/year
22576 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Art Therapy offered by Western Sydney University is a clinical training program that shows you how to use visual art media within a therapeutic relationship to help people in distress. You will emerge with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to work as an art therapist in a wide variety of contexts.


The Master of Art Therapy offered by Western Sydney University is a form of individual, family and group psychotherapy in which people engage in visual art processes with a highly trained art therapy practitioner. This course emphasises the therapeutic and pedagogical value of fine arts practice and encourages learning through creative exploration, interpersonal communication and self-reflection.

When you graduate, you will be equipped with the therapeutic skills required to assist people in times of emotional distress. These skills can be highly effective for clients with a wide range of psychological, social and physical problems.

You will gain confidence through a balance of academic and experiential learning, with extensive opportunities to undergo clinical training through 750 supervised hours of field placement.

Our teaching team is composed of highly trained and experienced art therapists who work alongside allied clinicians, social scientists and researchers to offer you a well-rounded familiarity with the histories, theories and practices of art therapy.

Nationally and internationally, a Master of Art Therapy is the recognised qualification that entitles you to work as a professional in this field.

Your career

As an art therapy graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:

  • Health
  • Government
  • Community organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications
  • Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups
  • Ethics and Diversity in Research and Therapy
  • Theories of Difference and Diversity
  • Further Clinical Studies (Art Therapy)
  • Critical and Creative Enquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


160 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS: 013543F
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Hold a qualification as detailed below
  • Submit a portfolio of work and CV
  • Attend a group Interview on campus
  • Details of required qualification

  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in visual arts, fine arts, art education, design, architecture or visual media (e.g. photography. film, video and/or television), or have majored in one of these areas

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28056 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28056 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    22576 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22576 AUD per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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