Course

Master of Art Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: MArtTher


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4595.8

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 013543F


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2016.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2015 - 4595.7 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2013 to 2014 - 4595.6 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2012 - 4595.5 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2011 - 4595.4 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2009 to 2010 - 4595.3 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2007 to 2008 - 4595.2 Master of Art Therapy

Commencement Year 2003 to 2006 - 4595.1 Master of Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of individual, family and group psychotherapy in which participants engage in visual art processes within a therapeutic relationship with a highly trained art therapy practitioner. Art therapy is internationally recognised as a valuable therapeutic approach to a wide range of psychological, social and physical conditions. The Master of Art Therapy is a clinical training program that equips graduates with theoretical knowledge and practical experience for work in a variety of contexts including government and community organisations, health care settings and private practice. The Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy and Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy are available as an exit point only.

Course Advice

Dr Joy Paton - joy.paton@westernsydney.edu.au

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Joy Patonjoy.paton@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternalJoy Paton

Accreditation
The Master of Art Therapy complies with the training guidelines of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) and has been approved by the ANZATA Accreditation Sub Committee. Course graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration with ANZATA. Depending on their field of employment, Master of Art Therapy graduates may be entitled to industrial award coverage as an Art Therapist under the 2007 NSW Health Professionals Award.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements

Admission

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Hold a qualification as detailed below
  • Submit a portfolio of work and CV directly to the School
  • 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

OR

Have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline PLUS at least two units in visual arts, art education or design at university level, or a VET Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts

OR

Have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline PLUS be able to present written evidence to the satisfaction of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology of a minimum of five years of professional experience and training in the visual arts

OR

Have successfully completed the Master of Social Science (Studies in Art Therapy) at Western Sydney University

Details of Supporting Documents to be submitted directly to the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at UWS:

1. A 500 word statement of intent explaining the reason why you are seeking entry to the course and how your art practice relates to the therapeutic application of arts

2. A compressed digital portfolio of your own artwork (10 to 12 photographs of artwork)

AND

A full CV including:

  • Details of a minimum of one year of full-time or regular part-time work experience (paid, voluntary or student) in a supportive capacity with people in community, welfare, health, the arts or education settings, including dates and a description of duties
  • Details of training and experience in the visual arts.

The CV should also include names and contact details of two referees. Two relevant written references should be included by applicants seeking recognition of five years or more of experience and training in the visual arts.

Supporting documents should be sent by email directly to ssap@westernsydney.edu.au as soon as possible after applying through UAC and at latest by the final UAC closing date. Please put ‘Master of Art Therapy Supporting Documents’ in the subject field of your email.

Details of Group Interview

Invitations to the interview process will be selective, based on meeting the above entry criteria plus a consideration of all the supporting documentation. Interviewees must pass the interview to be considered for a place and will be ranked, as numbers admitted to the program may be limited.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points consisting of the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Note: Students may exit with the 4596 Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy after completing the first year of the Master of Art Therapy (80 credit points).

4596.4 - Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy (exit only)

Students may exit with 1700 Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy (exit only) after completing the following two units - 101303 Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups and 102354 Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications (40 credit points).

1700.2 - Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy (exit only)

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn Session

101303Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups
102353Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1

Spring Session

102354Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications
102355Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2
102356Integrating Arts and Therapy

Year 2

1H Session

101784Clinical Studies (Art Therapy)

Autumn Session

Note: In this course 102357 Ethics and Diversity replaces 102175 Research in the Social Sciences (102175 will count towards course completion for students who have previously passed this unit).

102357Ethics and Diversity in Research and Therapy
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity

Please note: Unit 102176 is taught at Parramatta City only.

2H Session

101785Further Clinical Studies (Art Therapy)
102358Practising Research and Researching Practice

Spring Session

102178Critical and Creative Enquiry

Please note: From Spring session 2018 the 10 credit point units 102358 - Practising Research and Researching Practice and 102178 - Critical and Creative Enquiry have been replaced by the 20 credit point unit 102628 - Critical and Creative Enquiry.

Part-time

Year 1

Autumn Session

101303Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups

Spring Session

102354Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications

Year 2

Autumn Session

102353Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1

Spring Session

102355Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2
102356Integrating Arts and Therapy

Year 3

1H session

101784Clinical Studies (Art Therapy)

2H Session

101785Further Clinical Studies (Art Therapy)

Year 4

Autumn Session

Note: In this course 102357 Ethics and Diversity replaces 102175 Research in the Social Sciences (102175 will count towards course completion for students who have previously passed this unit).

102357Ethics and Diversity in Research and Therapy
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity

Please note: Unit 102176 is taught at Parramatta City only.

2H session

102358Practising Research and Researching Practice

Spring Session

102178Critical and Creative Enquiry

Please note: From Spring session 2018 the 10 credit point units 102358 - Practising Research and Researching Practice and 102178 - Critical and Creative Enquiry have been replaced by the 20 credit point unit 102628 - Critical and Creative Enquiry.



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