Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy

IKON Institute of Australia

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy 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. The foundational subjects will provide a solid grounding for other specialised modalities including dramatherapy, and dance/movement therapy, studied at a post graduate level. The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy includes a professional placement totalling 480 hours. The degree will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to integrate Arts Psychotherapy into your existing vocation or as a private practitioner

Entry Requirements:

You must be at least 19 years of age at course commencement and you must meet one of the following requirements: Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent; Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree and Complete a Counselling Applicant Screening Questionnaire. If you are aged 21 years or over: Application will be through completion of a course enrolment form.


Each trimester is 13 weeks in duration, consisting of 12 teaching weeks and 1 week of self directed learning. Students will attend 1 full day and 1 half day per week during each teaching week. There are 3 subjects per trimester, with 3 trimesters in years 1 & 2, and 2 trimesters in year 3 allowing for completion of assessments and clinical placement.

Subjects you can Study:

Foundations in Arts Psychotherapy, Qualities of Art Making and Media, Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1, Arts Therapy and Multi-Modal Approaches, Arts Modalities in Therapy 1 (Materials), Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing, Arts Modalities in Therapy 2 (Modalities), Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy, Foundations of Professional Competency, Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress, Creativity and Mental Health, Arts Psychotherapy in Practice 2: Groups, Life Span Development, Arts Psychotherapy in Practice : Specific Populations, Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy, Practicum 1 (120 hours), Clinical Supervision 1, Practicum 2 (120 hours) , Fundamentals of Research and Evaluation, Art and Social Action, Psychotherapy in Practice, Practicum 3 (120 hours), Clinical Supervision 2 and Self-Care, Practicum 4 (120 hours)

Study Pathways:

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy will cater for: Students with no prior learning in Arts Psychotherapy; Students who have completed an accredited Art Therapy Diploma or Advanced Diploma and wish to further expand their knowledge in this area. Currently, students enter the Art Therapy tertiary stream via undergraduate courses in health sciences, or arts, or they enrol directly into a Masters Art Therapy program. The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy provides students with a clear pathway, directly engaging in Arts Psychotherapy for the entirety of their training, and providing a sound undergraduate foundation upon which to build further, higher level training. In conjunction with the IKON Diploma / Advanced Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma, the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy provides a progressing academic training pathway that offers individuals a structured method to become an accredited arts psychotherapist. Students are eligible for ACATA and / or ANZATA membership – at a Student level. Upon reaching a minimum of 2 years experience / 300 client contact hours and supervision with a Registered Arts Therapist, Graduates are then eligible for ACATA membership at a Graduate level.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 03581E

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Adelaide No info Yes Full time 3 years
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 3 years
Bowen Hills No info Yes Full time 3 years
Mullumbimby No info Yes Full time 3 years
Victoria Park No info Yes Full time 3 years

IKON is a unique organisation culturally, with a long and strong focus on the cultivation of professionals that support mental health and the wellbeing of others.

All of our teaching is based on our philosophy of a grounded, functional and evidence-based humanism and free intellectual enquiry. What is unique about our educational programs and the way you will learn is that you will engage not just with the theory and knowledge related to your studies but you will also learn through personal experience – practicing clinical methodologies you will bring to your professional work following graduation. 

To support you in this, and your own personal journey that is an integral part of being an IKON student, we will ensure that your lecturers, tutors and other staff are readily available to you. You will also participate in counselling and therapy sessions as a client and as a student.

IKON’s unique teaching and learning approach aims to produce graduates who are enabled to continually develop their own potential, and whose skills, knowledge and therapeutic client-centered practice contribute to the creation of an international community of people and practitioners committed to social change, community building and individual healing.

IKON is both a vocational education and a higher education institution of which there are only around 25 in Australia. We deliver nationally accredited qualifications in all capital cities across the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, creative arts therapies, youth work and community services.

IKON is also unique in being an organisation that delivers both national training package qualifications whilst having extensive experience in the development and accreditation of unique, specialised qualifications.

To our future IKON Students, we wish you all the very best with your learning journey and applaud you for being someone who is committed to helping others.

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