The Distance Advanced Diploma program offers 2 streams:
- For students who already have a Master’s degree and wish to continue working while training as art therapists. It provides the opportunity to add the skills required by an art therapist to their professional practice.The 18-month program starts in May or July.
- For students who are enrolled in the Master’s of Counselling: Art Therapy Specialization (MC:AT) through Athabasca University. Through an exclusive block transfer agreement, credit for core VATI course work is transferred to the Athabasca University transcript. For more information on the specifics of this collaboration, including application process, pre-requisites, and course work, go to Athabasca University Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology.The 18-month program starts in July for MC:AT students.
- A Master’s degree in a Psychology, Counselling, Education, Social Work or a related field. (Applicants with a Master’s degree in a non-related field with applicable experience will be considered).
- Demonstration of work related experience.
- Enrollment in Athabasca University’s MC:AT program. Athabasca University (AU) and their Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (GCAP) offers students a Master’s in Counselling with an Art Therapy specialization (MC:AT). This AU program is three years in length in which students complete the Master’s of Counselling component through GCAP within the first two years; during the third year, students also add and transfer art therapy coursework taught by the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. The MC:AT is offered in a distance learning format as well as summer institutes. Graduates of AU’s MC:AT program receive a dual qualification of Master’s level Counsellor and Art Therapist.
Graduates of the AD program receive a diploma from The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.