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: PC4427
Duration: 3 years low residency (inclusive of 1 year PG Dip AT)
Next Intake: February of each year
Application deadline: 1 October for february intake
Campus: Main Campus, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Creative expression, which is the basis of arts therapy, can have a significant impact on the healing process. Creative therapists can enjoy rewarding careers in a variety of therapeutic settings in mental health environments, treatment agencies and in the community. Working through art, they help people with trauma, addictions and psychological or emotional issues. 

Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma of Arts Therapy (Year One) are eligible to apply to continue on the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical). Exceptional applicants with equivalent Arts Therapy qualifications or significant Arts Therapy experience may be eligible for entry directly into the Year Two of the MA AT (Clinical) programme.  


The course supports students to articulate the principles of best professional practice for Arts Therapists; discuss social science theories as they apply to Arts Therapy; identify appropriate research methods and conduct a number of types of research; make art works and performances informed by Arts Therapy theories; formulate focused questions and identify and implement appropriate research methods to gather, analyse and report data in support of directed inquiry. Students learn to work effectively using Arts Therapy with individuals and with groups of people seeking help with a variety of presenting problems and must also complete a research dissertation and meet the registration criteria for appropriate professional bodies that includes supervised client contact hours. 

Click on the image below to view or download the prospectus. PLEASE NOTE: The MAAT Prospectus is being reprinted to reflect changes in course structure. For current information, please download the MAAT (Clinical) course information below.



There is only one intake  for the MAAT (Clinical) (February) 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 (Clinical) 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 (Clinical) Course Information

Click here to download the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy Research