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No. Our course isn't about becoming an artist; we don't teach you any art techniques and you don't have to have any artistic ability. This course is all about exploring your creativity and the processes you go through in each creative piece.
If you're drawing stick figures, and you have a major epiphany or insight to something that's going on for you, then the drawing of the stick figures was really worth your time. But it never matters what they look like or what the final outcome visually looks like, its deeper than that.
NB: However, if you do create something visually pleasing, that's a great outcome too!
The course has 20 modules to complete.
On campus students complete the training in 6 months; we cover one module per week and do not have classes running during QLD school holidays.
Class starts at 9am and finishes at 2.30pm and is run once per week on the designated day for that campus.
Online students have 12 months to complete the course and have 12 weeks study break coinciding with the QLD school holidays.
Students have 24/7 access to their study portal and can study at any time in any location.
The HICAT course is a practitioner qualification.
The full title of the qualification upon graduation is:
Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner
The HICAT course is part time study for on campus and online students.
On campus students have class time (9am-2.30pm, one day per week) plus 5-7 hours of homework to complete between classes each week.
Online students are encouraged to complete one module per fortnight, allocating 10-14 hours of study, however, as long as the course is completed with the timeframe, students can study at their chosen pace.
NB: We have many students who work full time and are able to complete their studies.
Homework is only allocated to the on campus students, as this part is built into the online study option and not sectioned off as homework.
You will have to watch YouTube videos, write small essays from a personal perspective from activities completed, there will be painting and drawing activities, and reading. All homework is to help integrate and continue the teachings from the class.
Short answer Yes.
We are not government accredited, we are industry accredited (also known as recognized) with the IICT, CMA & IPHM. These industry bodies take the course and scrutinize its content ensuring its credibility and high quality.
The HICAT course comes under the holistic banner, much like Pilates, meditation and yoga etc, however you still need a certified qualification and to gain professional insurances to practice legally.
IICT - International Insititute of Complimentary Therapists, are based in Byron Bay and will cover our Australian students for professional membership and insurances upon graduation.
To be an art therapist you need to gain a masters in art therapy, which is a minimum of 2 years study in government accredited establishment (ie: university) with 750 supervised clinical hours.
Art therapy in this context engages primarily with the visual arts, drawing, painting and sculpting etc for therapeutic analysis.
A HICAT practitioner can practice legally and effectively from the qualifications of this course in the community. They address the whole person holistically through visual and non-visual modalities such as movement, dance, role play, drama, music and sound therapy and meditation.
No. ANZACATA requires a masters in art therapy (see above) to join.
HICAT Practitioner graduates can join the IICT for professional recognition of qualifications.
Generally, no, only because the 2 study options move along at different paces.
However, we always try to accommodate the student best we can in times of need.
Creative Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that utilizes the creative process of making art & creativity to improve and enhance the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of individuals.
Some key purposes and benefits of art therapy: