Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute to provide a supportive and inclusive atmosphere for excellence in learning at a graduate level to students in Art Therapy, to provide art therapy services to the communities in which our students conduct their practicum and to foster growth and healing through the use of art therapy in diverse communities.


The Toronto Art Therapy Institute was established in 1968 by Dr. Martin Fischer, one of the early pioneers in the field. He first used art therapy in his work at an Ontario hospital in 1947. He actively promoted its development as a form of therapy until he died in 1992. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and the Phoenix Art Therapy Institute. Dr. Fischer gave lectures and taught at the University level in Canada and the United States and also had an international reputation as lecturer and workshop leader.  During his lifetime, he was internationally recognized for his contribution in the fields of residential treatment for severely disturbed children and adolescents and a pioneer in group therapy in Ontario and the development of art therapy as a profession through his activities with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute as founder and first president of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.



As you can see from our website we require an undergraduate degree but we do not specify in what–the program teaches students all they need to know to become professional art therapists. However, having said that, we do prefer that students have taken some fine art studio and some psychology. We require our applicants to have engaged in and be engaging in art making in their daily lives.

We can only speak to the requirements for our program—all programs have their own specific requirements.

No- we only accept candidates who have undergraduate degrees from recognized universities.

We are looking for 2-4 pages.  We are interested in knowing what aspects of your background would make you a good candidate for becoming a Professional Art Therapist and in seeing that you are a person with an ability to be self-reflective.

Again we leave this up to the applicant. We are interested to see that you have an on-going process in making art or working with art materials. You do not have to be a professional artist or a “good” artist to apply.

If you are a current or former TATI student or TATI graduate and would like to order transcripts, please send a written hard copy request with the information as to where you would like the transcript to be sent and a cheque. We do not accept credit card payment. The cost per transcript is $10.00.

If paying by cheque please make cheque payable to:  Toronto Art Therapy Institute.

If paying by E-Transfer, please send a request by email to after you have made your E-Transfer.  The E-Transfer should be made to the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.

We are not registered with the Ontario Student Loans Program (OSAP) due to changes in their policies which would require TATI to be responsible for the loans of students who default on their loans.


Many of our students will obtain and student loan from a bank instead.