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Educators are professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable of the content they are teaching. Course work is okay, as it ranges from group work, projects, and individual assignments. The educators give some classes on time to work on assessments/ assignments which is good. The value of money is great, and the environment in IKON Sydney campus is safe.
I graduated as an arts therapist from the BAT course. Ikon has offered me an incredible foundational base to work as an arts therapist within my community.
The education is beyond any other institution offers arts therapy education (trust me i shopped around, and also attended a masters somewhere else and left).
The assessments challenge students to critically reflect on self, theory and lived experience.
I cannot speak highly enough about Ikon.
This retreat was beautiful, nourishing and educational. The perfect amount of doing and being. I feel confident in my ecotherapy practice moving forward and feel genuinly more connected to the land and nature.
Voice and sound elective 2021 Brisbane
The content of this elective was at times difficult but the lecturer Elisa James was a world class voice and singing therapist. Amazing transformation was gained during the 5 day intensive
Studying at Ikon has been expansive, life-changing, and amazing. The course content was enriching, edgy and exciting, as were the teachers, who offered a high level of knowledge, wisdom, insight, and a whole of care and support. The staff, too, who constantly checked in on me to see how my studies were going, as well as enquiring into my personal life. I felt genuinely cared for. I have made such good friends as well and I am forever grateful. Highly recommend.
I recently just started at IKON and I couldn’t believe what I am learning the course really does start with a bang!
The whole process from when first made contact with IKON has been truly amazing the person who I spoke to on the phone made sure that I knew what I was doing they couldn’t be more helpful.
Then classes started and WOW the content what you are learning in your first week, I have started other counselling courses at other institutes and this education is second to none.
Everyone at Ikon has been truly amazing from the person who enrolled me to the people I see daily on the campus, I couldn’t be more grateful at the opportunity that I have to study at IKON.
Fantastic courses with sound advice
I am enrolled in an Ikon course and am loving the content, the trainers and the people broadly. Ikon's courses are certainly unique and the process prior to enrolment was nothing less than fantastic, with Ikon's course advisors providing sound advice - with my interests at heart. I spoke to multiple course advisors and staff who were warm, empathetic and tried to understand my position as much as possible. I would recommend studying with Ikon to anyone wanting to work in a therapeutic arena or grow as an individual.
Absolutely adored every part of this uni and the course
I had the most wonderful year at the Ikon institute. I have been at university for six years in total now and never have I experienced such warmth and support from lecturers and tutors. The course content was wonderful and I grew tremendously over the year as a result of the beautiful people at Ikon. I have recommended this university to all of the people who have asked about studying Art Therapy. I will miss you Ikon!
I wouldn't consider anywhere else.....
As I reflect on 2018, and in particular my first year of full time study since 1992, there is no way I could have done it anywhere but Ikon. I had looked at a couple of other institutions, which very quickly proved themselves to not be options for what I was wanting - both in terms of quality of course content, and in the personal approach provided by all staff I’ve interacted with. Even when the outcomes of the discussions were not what I was hoping for, at no point have I felt like “just a number” or a “source of income”. Being acknowledged ...and respected for who I am and what I bring, only serves to push me further to discover and uncover more about myself. Given that the last essay I submitted prior to Ikon was handwritten, my learning curve for the changes in the education system was practically vertical. Help and guidance from tutors and admin staff got me on the right track - not just in terms of what’s required for the school, but also to really look inside myself, extract what’s there and then show it in my work. And great as they are, they’re not a patch on the support which is present among my classmates. I know that I don’t have to be anything other than who I am with them, and vice versa. It’s through this authenticity that there is a trust and depth of safety, to allow me the opportunities to work through personal issues which may arise from our course work. So, not only is this old dog learning new tricks, he’s doing so from the young pups around him! I have a therapist outside of school. This was recommended to us at the beginning of the year and I couldn’t support it more. Being on the receiving end of that which I am preparing to provide, keeps me focused on being able to eradicate my personal “dross”. Doing so away from uni ensures that there is no overlapping murkiness between the two worlds. I have about eight friends who are psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists. Within 3 months of me starting the Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy, they were literally gob-smacked when I told them what and how this degree teaches us. They also comment on how they can see me changing as I move towards becoming a psychotherapist, rather than just learning to be one. If you’re thinking about enrolling at Ikon, I strongly encourage it. Don’t walk away from this place lightly - it really is worth it.
Ikon has been a profound experience in my life that has both changed me as a human being whilst learning the skills to be a great therapist. Big gratitude to all at Ikon who have made my experience so nourishing and informative. Forever grateful
This course has not just being life changing for me but has also, been incredibly interesting, insightful and exciting. I couldn’t be more thankful to ikon and its staff
A Terrific Enviroment to Learn and Grow
I am a current student at IKON in Melbourne and could not speak more highly of the hands-on teaching and support of this campus. The respect and care from the tutors make learning so much easier. Administration staff support definitely 10/10. Nothing is too much trouble and students are always greeted with a warm smile. LOVE THIS PLACE!
A special place !!!
I also am a current student who has studied at two other colleges and unis. I have found the teaching and especially the administration staff to be extremely accommodating on the Melbourne campus. I was once before a micronism in a massive sea of learning.... alone. But now I feel attending Ikon I am a nurtured being with a name, gaining unique knowledge, unique experiences in a unique space, So thank you !!. I feel privileged to have been accepted into this degree and being on this journey with me and to one day working in a special unique industry. :)
The teaching is good, but the admin and support staff make it not worth it.
As other reviewers mentioned - the admin and support staff are difficult to deal with. Calls aren't returned, emails aren't answered (or are responded to with none of the questions I asked addressed, making me wonder if my email had been read at all before the reply). I often received conflicting information on requirements for assignments.
The impression I got was of a lot of internal disorganisation, and that while the teachers did care - the admin staff did not, and the struggles I encountered made it not worth the money I paid. I wouldn't recommend going here.
Questions & Answers
How’s the Art Therapy course in Brisbane?
If you would like to find out more about our Arts Therapy course in Brisbane you can visit ikon.edu.au/contact/ and one of our Course Advisors will be in touch with you
I am looking into doing an arts therapy course and I am not sure if this Uni has courses with online training.
I am working and would need the flexibility to study online. Thank you Jeannie
Thank you for your interest in our courses. Unfortunately we do not have online study options at this stage, however if you'd like we can have someone contact you directly when/if this bec...
Don’t do it Jeannie they are the absolute WORST education provider.
Hi, with the new campus at Byron is there any teething issues there.. I’m looking to do transpersonal counselling in November
Can we contact some past students &/or teachers to get an idea od there’s experiences ? Thanks
Thanks for your question Bec. We have been there for a while now, so there are no teething problems. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full contact details, I would be happy ...to arrange for you to speak with past students & academics.
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