The TATI Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy Onsite Program include 3 components: 16-months of accelerated full-time coursework, 700 hours of practicum, and a research project (thesis or practice-based major project).
Students have up to two years after the last date of coursework to complete the practicum and research project components. This offers students some flexibility to complete the practicum hours and research at their own pace depending on their capacity and other work/life obligations. Typically, the full program takes approximately 2-3 years to complete.
Both onsite and distance learning programs at TATI are cohort-based. This means that each cohort of students progress through the 16 months of coursework together.
We offer the onsite program twice a year with start dates in September and January. We accept 14 students for each onsite program cohort.
Through a curriculum that includes a wide range of topics, we offer training for students to integrate art practices with theories and skills in psychotherapy with individuals, groups, adults, children, youth, older adults, couples, families, and diverse communities.
The TATI curriculum is delivered by art therapists, mental health practitioners and scholars with a diversity of experiences and outstanding contributions in their fields, as well as a shared commitment to ethical practices and social transformation in therapeutic arts-making. The program emphasizes arts-based collaboration and self-reflexivity in practice and research, grounded in critical reflection and application of theories. Students and the teaching team (instructors, supervisors, research advisors) actively co-create supportive learning environments both in the classroom and in the field, engaging in knowledge production and capacity-building that foster professional advancement, personal growth, as well as contribution to community well-being.
The TATI Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy Programs are recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for both the academic and clinical experience (practicum) components. Completion of the TATI program meets the education requirement for registering with the CRPO. Please see here for further information on CRPO application and registration requirements.
TATI is also an approved training program by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA). Students may join CATA for student membership. Graduates from TATI may apply for professional membership. With the completion of additional requirements, professional members may also apply to become registered members of CATA. For more information about CATA membership types please see the association’s website.
Online information sessions are held before each admissions period and are hosted by TATI instructors, practicum staff, and administrators to share information about art therapy, the TATI program, and application process, and to answer questions.
Past info session:
September 2024 onsite program admissions
Monday January 15, 2024
12:00-1:30 ET via Zoom
Sign up here to be notified when registration opens for the next info session, which will be held in May 2024 ahead of the January 2025 program admissions period.
For further details including course descriptions, please see the On-Site Program Calendar.
Tuition fees are paid in four installments of $4,440. Tuition payments are due at the beginning of each 4 month quarter of the 16 months of coursework. The total tuition for the program is $17,760.00.
An additional fee of $1,300.00 is required for Thesis/Major Project Advisement to be paid at the end of coursework or earlier depending on when the student begins their thesis or major project.
Program Extension Fees:
The completion due date of all practicum hours and the thesis or major project is 2 years from the last day of semester 4. If students do not maintain contact with the program and progress in practicum and/or thesis/major project after coursework, and the two-year completion due date has passed:
- The student will be recorded as inactive in the program.
- If at or after this time the student would like to continue practicum and/or thesis or major project, they must pay a fee of $200 in order to reinstate their active student status in the program.
- If the student does not maintain contact and progress in the program after 6 months from last contact, they will be recorded as inactive in the program.
Tuition fees are tax deductible.
The Toronto Art Therapy Institute is registered as a career college under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005 and receives no government funding.
We are not registered with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
September 2024 Program Admissions:
The application period for the September 2024 On-Site Program is now closed.
January 2025 Program Admissions:
Applications for the January 2025 On-Site Program and the January 2025 Distance Learning Program will be accepted between May 31-June 14, 2024.
All application documents and payment of the application fee must be received by 12:00 p.m. (NOON) ET on the application deadline of Friday June 14, 2024, in order for an application to be processed.
Due to our review timeline and process we do not accept late applications. Incomplete applications are kept on file for one year and can be transferred over for completion during another admissions period within the year, by request.
Prerequisites and Application Process
Thanks so much for everything… I am currently making a living as an art therapist at 6 different worksites (including groups and individual sessions with people with addictions, brain-injured clients, survivors of domestic violence, children and teens who have witnessed domestic violence, and people with severe mental illness) and I am always looking to expand my practice — I am currently proposing seniors groups at the various local retirement homes. I’m working in Lindsay, Sutton, Port Perry and Port Hope.
I cannot tell you what a difference my time at TATI has made in my life, and how grateful I am to you, and to all my instructors and supervisors.
I am so proud to say that I am an art therapist.
In 2013 The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General awarded me a Victim Services Award of Distinction for textile art project with survivors of domestic violence in Kawartha Lakes.
If you apply to either the On-Site or Distance Learning programs at TATI, TATI reserves the right to request a successfully completed language proficiency test. Language test scores are reviewed in combination with academic credentials to determine your admissibility to TATI.
You may meet our English-language requirements if you have successfully completed one of the following:
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
- Computer: 220
- Paper: 560
- iBT: 83
IELTS: International English Language Testing Service
- Score in Academic: 6.5
Degree Equivalency Certificate
If your degree was completed outside Canada, the United States, or the United Kingdom, we require a degree equivalency certificate from an organization such as WES or ICAS. Transcripts from academic institutions outside of the above countries without equivalency certificates will not be processed.
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS): www.icascanada.ca
World Education Services (WES): www.wes.org/ca
Students are required to complete 700 hours of practicum and a thesis or major project in order to qualify for graduation.