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Dual Diploma in Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy

The Dual Diploma in Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy 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 individual and group supervision, and academic and writing support to specialize in an area of personal interest through the preparation of a final project and a final thesis. Students will complete all of our compulsory courses in this combined program to receive training in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy! This is a 800+ hour program, in which students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours (300 direct client contact hours), plus an additional 200 direct client contact hours to meet the Expressive Arts Therapy practicum requirement.


The combined use of art and expressive arts modalities is becoming much more common and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the creative strengths and preferences of the client. This program provides students a unique opportunity to become a trained Art Therapist in Canada, while also training in Expressive Arts Therapy. 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.

2023 Update: While we value the benefits of face-to-face programming and land-based experiences, we understand that in-person presence is not always possible. To make this training available as broadly as possible despite student location, time, and finances, all WHEAT programming is offered Online for those who cannot travel for any in-person offerings that take place at our Painted Sky Studio in St. Laurent, Manitoba. Information on accommodation is located HERE 

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A copy of our course of study schedule is available upon request.

Current Requirements

A Bachelor's or Master’s degree is required in counselling, social work, fine arts, or psychology or an equivalent field with a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) completed to determine equivalencies. Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted upon completion and acceptance of a PLAR.


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 receive 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: There are a limited number of seats available and spots will be reserved as applications are received. Registration is open for our 2024 cohort!

Application process: Applicants are selected based on past academic records, a 500-1000 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 $314.90 plus supply fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Student Enrollment Contract.

Current Fees - Dual Diploma

There is no GST on any of our fees or tuition. All fees are listed in Canadian (CAD) dollars. Training is tax deductible, see more information here.

Dual Program in Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy  $31,490.00 CAD

Enroll in both the Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy programs to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy! 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 Therapy 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

Term 1 due June 15
Term 2 due September 30
Term 3 due January 15
Term 4 due June 1
Term 5 due September 30
Term 6 due January 15
Term 7 due June 1

Additional Fees:

$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  

$314.90 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

Practicum and/or Thesis Extension for all Diploma Programs:

Students will be considered graduates following completion of their Practicum as well as having completed and received a passing grade on their Final Project or Thesis. There is an additional fee of $100 per supervision hour for any supervision required beyond that included in the program. There is a fee of $1000 for students wishing to extend their Final Project or Thesis for an additional year. This will be accompanied by additional research support. 

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