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Expressive Arts Certificate

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. Today the certificate program features a variety of talented expressive arts educators and artists, sharing knowledge born of years of practicing their crafts and honing their skills as artists, educators and helpers. The program can be done in one or two years, during weekend and summer courses, and includes Multi-modal Studio classes, therapeutic arts weekends in the content areas of Music, Movement, Drama, Poetry, and Mindfulness, as well as Expressive Arts Applications and Counselling Skills through Expressive Arts classes.


Participants typically apply the skills acquired in the program in their workplaces and personal lives. Unlike our diploma programs, with their formal supervised practica, students take Expressive Arts Applications and Counselling Skills through Expressive Arts classes, which allows students to begin practicing their skills in expressive arts. Students bring examples from applied expressive arts in their workplaces, and learn the application of their developing skills in their own real-world situations and at WHEAT Institute. Students learn the difference between the expressive arts therapist and consultant educator / practitioner roles in terms of scope of practice. This program attracts guidance counsellors, resource teachers, and classroom teachers, as well as clergy, artists, community activists and others from a variety of walks of life, who are interested in understanding and utilizing expressive arts.

Our 200+ hour Expressive Arts Certificate prepares students to join the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association as Expressive Arts Practitioners.

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 can be found HERE

See our Guide to Expressive Arts in Schools for Classroom Teachers, Student Services Teachers, and Administrators for ways to integrate expressive arts in your school.

For more information about Expressive Arts training, contact WHEAT Institute at or register here.

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

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Current Requirements

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: There are a limited number of seats available and spots will be reserved as applications are received. Registration for our second entry into the Certificate program closes October 31, 2023.

Applicants are selected based on their written application statements, resume, and an art portfolio.

Expressive Arts Certificate


“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

"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: $9,800.00 CAD 200+ hour program

Canadian and American participants will pay in their home currency (CAD and USD, respectively). Participants from outside Canada and the United States are invited to contact WHEAT as program fees will be adjusted for residents from Category II and III Countries based on the Human Development Index. The payment schedule is calculated on the course hours completed each term and tuition installments are due yearly on June 1, September 30, and January 15. An estimate will be provided to students upon acceptance.

Additional Fees:

$100.00 CAD - Non-refundable Registration Fee
$100.00 CAD - Art Supply fee (waived for online training)

$50.00 CAD - Graduation fee

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