- Identify major relevant art therapy theories
- Follow and implement the Canadian Art Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
- Develop a thorough understanding of art media and its use in clinical art therapy
- Recognize and summarize the symptoms experienced by people who have been diagnosed with a psychological disorder as defined in the current DSM with appropriate art therapy interventions
- Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between art-making, psychopathology, creativity, and wellness
- Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the connections between art therapy, trauma, and neuroscience
- Learn and train to work with individuals, groups, and families in crisis through attachment and trauma-informed practices
- Become competent at each stage of the art therapy process, including client intake, treatment goal-setting, therapeutic intervention, and closure
Prospective students must submit or demonstrate:
- A completed copy of the Application Form;
- An undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, the Arts or a related field (the undergraduate degree requirement may be met through a documented Equivalency Assessment);
- 3 psychology courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Child and Adolescent
Development, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of
Personality, Developmental Psychology, History of Psychology, and Counseling
- A minimum of two years of education completed in English;
- A current resume and/or transcripts and certificates;
- A portfolio of 10 pieces of artwork (including a variety of media, which may include sculpture, painting, or photography)
- Successful completion of an oral intake interview (see below)
Application Fees: A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 is required to be submitted along with your application package. Once you have submitted your completed application package, CiiAT will invoice you at the provided email on your application.
Equivalency Assessments: An Equivalency Assessment (EA) is available for applicants who do not hold or have not completed a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university required for admission to CiiAT. The Equivalency Assessment application and process is to determine that the applicant has the required knowledge and skills that would match the equivalent of a university degree and would be successful in completing the program. The cost of applying for an EA is $200.
Interview and Acceptance of Admission: After your application has been accepted and approved, you will interview with a member of CiiAT’s faculty. Afterward, the Enrollment Director will notify you in writing of the admission decision. The Institute reserves the right to admit or deny admission to any applicant based on the professional judgment of the Executive and Clinical Directors and administration involved in the admission process.
Tuition Fees & Scholarships
Post-BA $28,000 over a monthly payment period of 20 months ($1400 per month)
*Post-MA $22,600 over a monthly payment period of 16 months ($1412.50 per month)
*Pending transcript review
- Art supplies
- Courses must be completed within two years or a course extension fee may be applied.
- Practicum must be completed within two years of practicum initiation or an extension fee may be applied.
The Lucille Proulx Legacy Scholarship Award:
Up to $5,000 in tuition credit
The Lucille Proulx Legacy scholarship is for prospective CiiAT students with a proven commitment to art as a tool for healing in their community.
Application Requirements: Requirements include submitting a 2,500 word written essay in APA format, about the applicant’s work in the field, with a pictorial compilation demonstrating community-based artwork. This scholarship will require an interview with a CiiAT Director.
Serve & Protect Scholarship Award:
Up to $2,000 in tuition credit
This scholarship is available to Canadian veterans, fire, police, and ambulance personnel.
Application Requirements: A 1,000 word written reflective essay, photo essay or video about how art and creativity have helped them or others. Proof of service is required.
CiiAT Library Scholarship Award:
$500 tuition credit
This Library scholarship is designated to support students with purchasing art therapy books for their training.
Application Requirements: Eligibility criteria includes submitting a 1,500 word essay in APA format, about what art therapy means to them with personal art reflections embedded. Awardees will be required to submit for publication to the CATA newsletter in their second year of training.
The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) also offers sponsorships and bursaries.
“Every experience I have had so far with CiiAT has been nothing short of amazing. From their theoretical, studio art, and virtual classes to the facility’s knowledgeable, supportive, and top-notch staff, this school continues to exceed my expectations.”
~ Ashley N. ~
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