Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical)

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level: 9
NQF Credits: 360
EFTS: 3.0
Exit qualification: Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical)
Qualification Code: PC3427
Duration: 3 years low residency (inclusive of 2 years MAAT)
Next Intake: January
Application deadline: 1 October for january intake
Campus: Main Campus, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

An additional clinical year is offered to students who successfully complete the requirements of the two year Master of Arts in Arts Therapy programme AND meet the requirements for entry into the third year and final year (see below). Students who successfully complete the additional clinical year will graduate with a Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) degree.

An Additional Year

The clinical year may also be offered to students from other institutions who hold a Master's degree in a related field and who have significant arts therapy experience. See below for information about recognition of prior learning and Whitecliffe requirements.

The clinical year (Year Three) supports students to further experience, research, practice and develop their own approach to working as an Arts Therapist based on their preferred theoretical perspective. Students are encouraged to develop skills that are transferable to many settings, and to develop a flexible and creative approach in order to be able to adapt to varied and changing work circumstances.

The third year of the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) course is a full time programme of study and includes direct contact time, student placement, supervision, studying, preparing and presenting assignments, as well as the time spent in assessment.

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There is only one intake  for the MAAT (Clinical) (January) however, applications for admission can be submitted anytime. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for entry subject to places being available.

The Master of Arts in Arts Therapy has been approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.


For all Arts Therapy Programme enquiries contact:

  • Postgraduate Programme Manager, Pam Young Contact Us  or
  • HoD Arts Therapy, Amanda Levey Contact Us

Click here to download the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy Course Information