Our 15-month diploma program is a blended program designed for people with a Bachelor’s degree.
15-MONTH ART THERAPY PROGRAM
The 15-month diploma program has been offered through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute since 1982; over the last 30 years, it has changed with respect to the service delivery model, compressed from what was initially a 2-year program to a 15-month program. The current program is a blended program that combines face-to-face and online learning; the face-to-face component is conducted once a month over a weekend, accommodating students who work during the week.
While the pace of the program is quite intense, graduates come away with a thorough understanding of art therapy; this includes the personal and experiential component through the studio class, the academic component through relevant course work, and lastly, the clinical component through placements in the community and supervision. The final project allows for a synthesis of all of these components.
The faculty of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute is diverse with respect to background and areas of specialization; we are interested as a school in offering the highest calibre of instruction, with a number of our faculty (and graduates) having been published in areas of research pertaining to art therapy. As we are motivated to ongoing curriculum development, we continue to engage in our own training and professional development, including doctoral studies in the case of two faculty members.
- Tuition fees for the program are $16,000.00 payable in four installments. Foreign student fees are $16,500.00 (CAD).
- On acceptance into the program a $175.00 CAD non-refundable registration fee is required.
- Canadian students are eligible to apply for bank loans.
- On entry into the program students will sign a financial agreement contract as required by the Private Training Institutions Branch of British Columbia.
- Extra to program costs: Students should have access to a digital camera and PowerPoint for recording and presentation purposes.
VATI OFFERS 2 PROGRAMS
A 15-month Diploma Program and an Advanced Diploma Program. Both follow the guidelines for training art therapists as established by the British Columbia and Canadian Art Therapy Associations.
The 15-month diploma program is a blended or hybrid program that combines the benefits of face-to-face classroom learning with flexible, online learning and discussions. It has been designed to leverage the strengths of each learning modality.
The following courses are offered during weekend seminars that occur once a month throughout the duration of the program, beginning in September:
- Ethics of Art Therapy
- Studio: Art Therapy Trainings and Techniques (ongoing monthly)
- Supervision (ongoing monthly)
- Research Methods
- Family Art Therapy
- Group Art Therapy
- Who Do You Think You Are: The Business of Art Therapy
- Case Studies
CLINICAL PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS
Over the span of the program, 700 hours of art therapy clinical placement experience will be gained through an approved local school/agency/hospital, 350 of which are direct client contact hours. As well, students are encouraged to seek out placement sites that may interest them that are not included currently on our active list of placement sites. The initial clinical placements tend to be at an elementary school in the lower mainland, with 4-6 hours of client contact per week. Placements do not begin until late October, after foundational courses have been taken. In January, students add a second clinical placement based on the client population they are interested in. On average, students should be logging 10-12 practicum hours a week by February. Students are welcome to engage in more than two clinical placements over the span of the 15 months.
Students begin the online component of the program in the second month. The following courses are offered sequentially online:
- Child Art Therapy
- Adolescent Art Therapy
- Equity and Diversity
- History and Theories
- The Art of Loss
- Human Development and Art Therapy
- Abnormal Psychology and Art Therapy
Students will also complete a final project. The final project is offered as guided independent study. Working with a final project advisor, students will research a topic of personal interest related to the field of art therapy
- The pre-requisite for application to this program is a Bachelor’s degree.
- Download the 15-Month Program Application Form (PDF).
- View our Letter of Reference Guidelines (PDF).
- When complete application materials have been received, interviews are arranged.
- On acceptance, a letter of confirmation and date of entry is sent to the applicant.
- Applications are due by March 30th. Candidates are invited to apply early.
- Subject to space availability late applications may be considered.
Students attend the program with their original cohort rotation. If a leave of absence is necessary, arrangements may be made for reentry, subject to space availability.
In the event of withdrawal prior to completing the program, students receive refunds as mandated by PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch). View our refund policy.
REGISTRATION AND ASSOCIATIONS
According to the credit system and art therapy practicum hours, the full time diploma program satisfies the art therapy education requirements established by the provincial associations in Canada, and the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Graduates are eligible to apply for Registration with their provincial art therapy associations.