The Expressive Arts Certificate was the first program designed by Darci Adam, initially as a standalone class, and then as a pilot class at the University of Winnipeg. The noted success of the pilot resulted in an affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, wherein students could complete a 15-credit hour specialization in the Expressive Arts, with courses which could also serve as electives in the provincial Manitoba Counselling and Special Education certification process. Today the certificate program boasts a variety of wonderful artist/healers sharing knowledge born of years of practicing their craft and honing their skills as artists, educators and healer/helpers. The program can be done in one or two years, during weekend and summer courses.
Participants typically apply the skills acquired in their workplaces or personal lives. In lieu of a formal practicum, there is a Practicum Skills class, which is the prerequisite for the Practicum class at the University of Winnipeg. Students bring cases from applied expressive arts in their workplaces, and learn the application of their developing skills in their own real-world situations. This program attracts guidance counsellors and resource teachers in their Post Bacc program, as well as clergy, artists, community activists and others from a variety of walks of life, who are quite simply interested in understanding expressive arts.
Our Saskatchewan program is unique in that we are integrating Indigenous perspectives on healing through the arts direct from Treaty 6 on the picturesque South Saskatchewan River. We have added a nehiyawewin (Cree) language class, which is open to the public, as well as a land-based traditional arts class at kaniyasihk Culture Camp on Island Lake with Dr. Kevin Louis in summer 2020. Next fall Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline will be offering introductory workshops on Self Care through Expressive Arts from an Indigenous perspective.
University of Winnipeg students may receive up to 15 credit hours of this training in their Post Baccalaureate in Education. Course hours can be used towards registration with Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association or IEATA as professional members.
View a list of courses, or download the 2020 Course of Study here.
The Expressive Arts Certificate is open to people with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as counselling, education, social work, fine arts, psychology, OT, recreation or divinity. Artists and community activists with some arts background are also eligible. A written application indicating your background is required.
Current Application Process
Application Deadlines: Registration is open for the Expressive Arts Certificate!
Applicants are selected based on their written application statements.
Manitoba courses take place at St. Benedict's Retreat Centre and Arthur St. Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Learn more on our Winnipeg Location page.
Saskatchewan courses take place at Ancient Spirals Retreat 10 minutes south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Learn more on our Saskatoon Location page.
“Every WHEAT learning opportunity provides me with knowledge and strategies that I can immediately implement with my students. I have witnessed a marked difference in my students’ success and mostly in my ability to help them on their healing journey. WHEAT learning is the perfect balance of theory and practical experiences. This immersive learning experiences is refreshing and empowering!”
Expressive Arts Certificate Student, 2018 - 2019
Expressive Arts Certificate
"It is hard to put into words how transformational this experience was. I am very grateful for the teachings, and cannot wait to inspire change!"
Expressive Arts Student from Fyre Jean Graveline's Expressive Arts Studio II
"I am counted among a small handful of folks who were part of the first U of W & WHEAT Institute PBDE cooperative program in School Counselling and Expressive Arts Therapy. I could not have done this re-entry into the world of academia without the yummy goodness that was the experiential, immersive programming at WHEAT. It was what I'd describe as, 'A Scrumptious Education!'"
U of W / WHEAT PBDE Program, 2014-2016
Current Fees - Expressive Arts Certificate
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.
Tuition Fees for Expressive Arts Certificate in Manitoba: $7,900.00 CAD 200+ hour program
Tuition Fees for Expressive Arts Certificate in Saskatchewan: $10,900.00 CAD 300+ hour program includes land-based cultural immersion at Island Lake and 100 additional hours with Indigenous experts.
The payment schedule is calculated on the course hours completed each term and tuition installments are due yearly on June 30, September 30 and January 31. An estimate will be provided to students upon acceptance.
$100.00 CAD - Non-refundable deposit
$100.00 CAD - Art Supply fee
$50.00 CAD - Graduation fee