The Art Therapy/Expressive Arts Dual Diploma at WHEAT Institute is an intensive program spanning the course of two to three summer intensives, four long weekends mid academic year, online coursework over 16 months, practicum experience, ongoing supervision, and academic support to specialize in an area of personal interest through the preparation of a final project and a final thesis. You will complete all of our compulsory courses in this combined art therapy and expressive arts diploma program to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts! This is a 700+ hour program. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours and the Expressive Arts practicum requirement of 200 hours. The combined use of art and expressive modalities is becoming much more common and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the creative strengths and preferences of the client.
Art therapy provides a sensitive, creative approach for addressing emotional and psychological difficulties with a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology. WHEAT Institute meets the Educational Standards of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA). Graduates will have the necessary requirements to join CATA as professional members and to work towards registration as Registered Canadian Art Therapists (RCAT). CATA standards currently require that students have a minimum of a Bachelor degree to enroll in an approved art therapy program. Students with related Bachelor and Masters' degrees may be eligible to enroll with completion of an Equivalency Assessment. A Master's degree may be required by certain agencies in order to bill as a therapist.
This program provides students a unique opportunity to become a trained art therapist in Canada, while also training in Expressive Arts. This solid foundation in these modalities will allow you to establish a private practice and facilitate individual and group therapy, while also preparing you to work in an agency or program requiring a specialist in the therapeutic use of the arts. You will be trained to work with a diverse variety of populations and have an expanded network of experienced instructors to support you in your transition to the workplace.
Expressive arts therapy provides a dynamic, creative, multi—modal approach for amplifying wellness and addressing emotional and psychological difficulties through the therapeutic use of the arts. The work has a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology. Graduates of this program will have the training necessary to begin the registration process as professional members of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (see details), as well as the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association as either Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REAT) or Registered Expressive Arts Consultants (REACE). A Master's degree is required to register as a REAT. REACE candidates may follow the Formal (Master's degree required) or Informal Pathway (combination of work experience and training). Work hours completed as part of an educational requirement (practicum, internship) can be accepted if they meet all requirements for work experience. A maximum of 200 hours may be earned in this manner. IEATA will accept work experience that may have happened prior to or simultaneous with an educational program.100 hours of work experience may be accepted for expressive arts research and articles and publications under the category of Research and Publications, this will include hours of work students spend on their final research projects outside of class contact time with instructors.
A Bachelor's or Master’s degree is required in counselling, social work, fine arts, or psychology or an equivalent field with an Equivalency Assessment completed to determine equivalencies. Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted for professional development training. Prerequisites include Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits). This work may also be completed during the course of study.
As part of their learning process, students will be required to have received art therapy prior to or during the program for 25 hours. Ongoing engagement in the arts is recommended as part of the Studio Art requirement.
Current Application Process
Application deadlines: We are accepting registrations through June 2020, space permitting.
Application process: Applicants are selected based on past academic records, a 500-word letter of intent and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit: Documentation of previous art-making experience, current Resume (reflecting experience in clinical, rehabilitative and/or educational settings), Child Abuse Registry, and Criminal Record Check. Registration fee of $225 is due at that time. A selection committee will interview potential students. Confirmation of acceptance to the Diploma Program will occur within two weeks of application.
Training completion fund of $289 plus supply fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Student Enrollment Contract.
Current Fees - Art Therapy/Expressive Arts Dual Diploma
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NEW! Dual Program in Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy *subject to program availability* $28,900.00 CAD
Enroll in both the Art Therapy and Expressive Arts programs to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts! This program can be completed between 2 - 3 years. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours and an additional Expressive Arts practicum requirement of 200 hours. Tuition term payments will be calculated on the course hours completed in the given period. An estimate will be provided to each student upon acceptance. For further information on registration and fees please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 1 due June 1
Term 2 due September 30
Term 3 due January 31
Term 4 due June 1
Term 5 due September 30
Term 6 due January 31
Term 7 due June 1
Term 8 due September 30
$225.00 CAD Non-refundable Registration Fee due upon registration (part of the application process)
$200.00 CAD Non-refundable Supply Fee due upon acceptance
$289.00 CAD Non-refundable Training Completion Fund (TCF) fee due upon acceptance. See details of the purpose of this fund here.
$50.00 CAD Graduation Fee due in final term
Thesis Completion (extension course) for all Diploma Programs:
Students will be considered graduates following completion of the Practicum as well as having completed and received a passing grade on the final project / thesis. Students requiring insurance beyond the Practicum (end of April of their second year), until such time as they graduate, will be charged $100/hour for supervision from WHEAT. Students extending their Practicum or thesis process beyond the two years (end of June of their second year) will be enrolled in Thesis Completion and charged $1,000/year and $100/hour for supervision as needed.