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Art Therapy Courses


Join others from different walks of life and fields of expertise
in discovering the power of art therapy


Art Therapy Courses

On-Campus and Online Certificate & Diploma Courses

The College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) has a reputation for producing outstanding art therapists in Australia and internationally. Our distance education Art Therapy Courses provide a solid foundation in art therapy for those unable to study at a University due to time or distance restraints, or for those who prefer to study from home for personal reasons. There has never been a better time to study online.

While students can complete the entire course online, we highly recommend taking advantage of our on-campus Intensives. After completing the online modules in your own time, attending an Intensive in an Australian city of your choice is the recommended pathway for those pursuing a comprehensive education. For those who cannot participate in one of our on-campus Intensives, engaging and meaningful one-on-one Zoom meetings are available.

Why study art therapy with CECAT?

Only four universities in Australia offer an art therapy program: Sydney NSW, Perth WA, Melbourne VIC and Brisbane QLD. In many countries, University art therapy programs are not available at all. For those abroad and those who can’t study with one of the Universities, CECAT offers Australian and International Courses for students seeking to enrich their therapy skills or work professionally as art therapists.

Meet your host, director and senior lecturer at CECAT

Robert P. Gray

Registered Art Therapist and Psychologist

A highly regarded art therapy lecturer, Robert leads the field in art therapy… [read more]

What We Offer

Introduction Level

Our Introduction level gives you an insightful and engaging first-taste experience and understanding of art therapy.

Certificate Level

Our Certificate level provides an in-depth education in art therapy focused on how to make a difference working with the unconscious.

Diploma Level

Our Diploma level focuses on client presentation to help you become a successful art therapist and psychotherapist.

International Students

Online Introduction, Certificate & Diploma

If you live outside Australia, you can enrich your online studies on our virtual platform via Zoom meetings with Rob Gray.

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Industry Recognition

As a therapist, you need industry connection for professional recognition, insurance, supervision, ongoing development, practice support, networking and employment opportunities. For this reason, we maintain professional affiliations with well-resourced organisations and associations to ensure our graduates get the recognition they need to work as an art therapist.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is an evidence-based intervention developed in the mid-1940s for the management of mental health disorders in both adults and children. It is widely used in Europe and the United States, but in Australia the practice of art therapy is still in its early stages.

Art therapy courses encourage self-discovery and emotional growth. Evolving from Freud and Jung’s theories of the unconscious, art therapy is based on the belief that visual symbols and images (as in dreams), are the most accessible and natural forms of communication for the human experience. Clients are encouraged to visualise and create a representation of thoughts and emotions that they may not otherwise be able to articulate.

Art therapists assist people to access their own image-making abilities. They do this by jointly exploring the meaning of their images in light of the relationships and personal experiences they encounter, which may be nurturing or distressing. The art therapist’s great advantage is being able to facilitate the client’s expression of their inner world that they may find difficult to verbalise.

The art therapist supports the processes of emotional integration and growth by providing a safe, reliable and therapeutic environment within which the client can create and use images to develop insight and achieve personal change.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within CECAT, we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

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Get in Touch Today!

We have provided online education to art therapy students from over 40 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, China and Malaysia in Asia, Dubai in South West Asia, India and Pakistan in South East Asia, Great Britain, Germany and Italy in Europe, USA and Canada in North America, Brazil and Chile in South America, South Africa and Zimbabwe in Africa, and many more!

Join others from different walks of life and fields of expertise in discovering the power of art therapy.  Start anytime, from anywhere in the world and at your own pace.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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