Course details

CRICOS course code: 097944E

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The Diploma of Arts Therapy is your pathway to an exciting career as an arts psychotherapist. In this higher education diploma, you will study the significance of symbolic expression for healing outcomes. Arts psychotherapy 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.

Throughout the year you will be provided with the opportunity to extend and consolidate your own development as a foundation for helping to foster and guide the development of others in a therapeutic setting. The course will introduce to you a wide range of theories, techniques, and practices relevant to arts psychotherapy. 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.

As part of the course, you will also actively engage in one professional experience placement with a range of client populations

The Diploma of Arts Therapy will prepare you to be a skilled, and transformative arts psychotherapist

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Arts Therapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as an arts therapist with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice.


Credit Transfer

Graduates of the higher education Diploma of Arts Therapy through Ikon Institute of Australia may gain entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts Therapy. Eligible applicants will receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 22,504 Per Year
Start date: 06 February 2023
22 May 2023
04 September 2023
Duration: 1 year
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Level 4, 243 Edward Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:

  • Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • 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.

English Language Entry Requirements

IELTS overall score 6.0. TOEFL iBT Computer Delivered 60-78; Pearson PTE Academic 51-58; Cambridge C1 Advanced 169-175.


IKON Institute of Australia
Adelaide Campus
Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Adelaide South Australia 5000