Art Therapy Courses


Imagine combining your creativity with counselling – and in turn helping people be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Well imagine no more, because a career in art therapy makes it a reality. For some, art therapy is a dream career. And the practice is only getting more popular and more accepted each and every year. But what should you know before starting a study program? And what do art therapy courses involve?

What is art therapy?

As an art therapist, you can draw on all sorts of creative outlets – art, drawing, painting, craft, singing, dance, and writing – to help your clients find self-expression, self-love, and a deeper understanding of themselves.

In a way, art therapy unlocks the doors to our potential. It provides a safe, fun and creative space in which to explore our issues and roadblocks, which makes it an ideal accompaniment to counselling, life coaching and psychology.

What do art therapy courses involve?

If art therapy intrigues and interests you, there are a few study options to consider. Perhaps you want to try art therapy for yourself as a personal, private therapy. In which case, a short course may be all you need to gain a grasp of the practice.

To practice as an art therapist, however, or add it to your toolbox of techniques in another field – such as counselling – you should consider a certificate, diploma or degree.

You can study art therapy courses on campus, online or by distance – and it all depends on your schedule, lifestyle, location, and personal preferences.

What art therapy course should I choose?

Before getting into the nitty gritty of each course, check that it is recognised by the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). If not, you won’t be able to apply for membership upon graduation. The association publishes a list of approved programs on its website – and all are a minimum two year Masters Degree with 750 hours of supervised clinical hours.

As well as universities, many individual training providers offer art therapy courses across Australia. The course content varies, so take your time to review each course to see if it lines up with your career and lifestyle goals.

Some offer a weekend taster course, exploring the history of art therapy and how to practically apply it in various settings. This can be a wise starting point, before investing in more in-depth studies.

Other course options explore art therapy more broadly, falling under the terms ‘expressive play’. If you’re unsure of any terms, speak with the training provider.

Since art therapy courses are so varied, you might like to compile some questions and start comparing your options. Questions could include:

  • Does the course combine theory and practical aspects?
  • Is the course accredited by an association?
  • How long is the course – and how is it run?
  • Who will teach the course?
  • What is the total course cost, including fees and materials?

Getting the answers to these questions will paint a picture of all art therapy avenues. Then all you need to do is pick up a brush and start crafting your new career or hobby in this incredibly enriching area.

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