On Site Program


Our curriculum is designed to ensure students gain the knowledge and experience that will enable them to function as competent, ethical, and compassionate art therapy professionals. It is also designed to foster critical thinking, so students are actively involved in creating the learning environment, questioning dominant discourses in the field, and taking part in the production of new ideas. Graduates of the program become leaders in the field of art therapy in the areas of professional practice, research, and theory.


The Toronto Art Therapy Institute provides a 16 month accelerated graduate level diploma training program in art therapy. 700 hours of practicum are required and a thesis or major project must be completed. Upon completion of all of the program requirements students graduate as Professional Art Therapists.


We offer the program twice a year with start dates in September and January. We accept only 12 students per program.


Past Info Session – SPRING 2022

Friday April 29, 12:00-1:30pm EDT via Zoom

Hosted by TATI instructor, practicum staff, and administrators to share information about art therapy, the TATI program, and application process, and to answer questions.


One weekday a week from 1:30pm-8:00pm

Group Art Therapy Experiential 


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:  Theory and Technique in Art Therapy


The History and Development of the Profession of Art Therapy


One Saturday a month 9:30am-6:30pm

Ethics and Art Therapy

Month One

Practicum Preparation

Month Two

Practicum Preparation

Month Three

Principles of Group Process

Month Four

One weekday a week from 1:30pm-8:00pm

Child and Adolescent Development and Art Therapy
6:05-8:00 pm


Each of the Following Courses is Four Weeks in Duration: 3:40-5:35


Month 1Art Therapy with People Who Have a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (1 and 1/2 months long)
Month 2Art Therapy Assessment Techniques
Month 3Phototherapy Techniques
Month 4Art Therapy, Spirituality, Grief and Loss (1/2 a month long)
  • Group Art Therapy Experiential: 1:30-3:25

One Saturday a month: 9:30am-6:30pm

Month 1Introduction to Jungian Theory
Month 2Trauma-Informed Art Therapy for People who Have Experienced Abuse
Month 3Art Therapy with Older Adults
Month 4Introduction to CBT and DBT

One Weekday a Week: 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Months 1 & 2 Family and Couple Therapy
Months 3 & 4 Art Therapy with Diverse Populations


Months 1, 2 & 3 Research Methods in Art Therapy
Month 4 Group Clinical Supervision

1:30-3:25: Group Art Therapy Experiential

One Saturday a month: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

Month 1 Mindfulness and Art Therapy
Month 2 Art Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Month 3 Medical Art Therapy
Month 4 Integrating Puppetry and Art Therapy

One Weekday a Week: 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Group Art Therapy Experiential 1:30-3:20

Cultural Humility and Art Therapy 3:40-5:35


Indigenous Issues, Health and Art Therapy

Digital Art Therapy

Art Hives

Mandala for Art Therapists

One Saturday a month: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

Month 1 Advanced Media and Techniques/ Etegami for Art Therapists
Month 2 Mandala for Art Therapists
Month 3 Public and Private Practice in Art Therapy; Finding, Attaining and Creating Employment as an Art Therapist
Month 4 Art Therapy Experiential Final Personal Case Presentations

Tuition Fees

Fees are $8,380.00 per academic year. An academic year is eight months. Fees are paid in four installments throughout the 16 month program. The cost for the entire program is $16,760.00.

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.

Optional Fees

Additional fees are required in the case of a student requesting an extension beyond the two years allocated for completion of the thesis or major project. Students are given two years to complete their thesis or major project following the completion of their coursework. During this period readers and advisers will be paid for by TATI. After the two year period students are required to pay $100.00 per semester to maintain their TATI student status and students must pay their readers or advisers any on-going or outstanding fees.

Tuition fees are tax deductible.

The Toronto Art Therapy Institute is a Private Career College which receives no government funding.

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.

2022 Program
Important Dates

September 2022 Applications:  


Applications for the September 2022 On Site Program will be accepted between May 2-13, 2022.  All application documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2022 in order to be considered.


**Please note the following**


  • ° Our current preference is for electronic delivery of transcripts and reference letters (directly from the institution(s)/ from the individuals writing the reference letters), to
  • °All remaining documents should be sent in a single e-mail with subject: Application:yourlastname to Instead of a DVD please submit your portfolio as a weblink or zipped file.
  • ° Applications for the January programs (On Site and Distance Learning) are accepted in the fall each year. Please visit the website in the spring/summer for specific application period dates and instructions.


Please review the Application/Prerequisites and FAQ pages for more information about application requirements. 


To apply to the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, you need to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university as a prerequisite.  If your degree was completed at an international university, you may be required to have your degree evaluated by one of the educational assessment organizations listed on the International Students page of this website.  We also require our applicants to have had and continue to have an artmaking process in their lives.

We also require a non-refundable $200.00 CAD Application Fee. E-Transfer, Money Order, or Cheque. (Do not send until requested at the interview stage)


My experience in the Graduate program at TATI has been nothing short of life changing.

On an academic level, I have never been so challenged and held to such high standards. The learning experience is very well-rounded and thorough, and the instructors bring with them a vast array of professional experience in their chosen area of focus. The small class sizes are conducive to bonding as students and future professionals, and to creating a strong relationship with instructors. Each student is accountable, not only to the instructors and to Helene, but also to each other.

The supervised clinical practicum hours required to complete the program are absolutely valid and necessary in order for students to enter the art therapy field well prepared and competent in a clinical atmosphere. Ongoing supervision is required throughout the practicum and the research process and I personally gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience through the supervision provided. The proposal, research and thesis components were well supervised and advised. I found my advisor to be very committed, approachable and clear and concise with his advice. He was a strong advocate for the work I did, and he guided me through the process with great support and critical evaluation. The opportunity to grow and gain personal insight through participation in the TATI graduate program has allowed me to become very self-aware and balanced in my own life, creating the strong ability to practice in the most effective way for the clients with whom I work.

On a professional level, I now find job opportunities abundant, and feel very prepared and well qualified to work in the art therapy and the mental health field. In a recent interview, an interviewer remarked upon viewing my TATI education, “I’ve heard that is a VERY prestigious program”, and I agree wholeheartedly. Since graduating from the TATI program, I have held contracts in long term care, hospital settings, community health centre settings, with those living with acquired brain injury, those living with Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver groups and those living with developmental and learning challenges. I have never found myself without opportunities, and most recently have begun working full time in the addictions field. I have been given the opportunity to present my art therapy research at the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference in 2014, and most recently have been asked to complete a book review for the Dementia and Ageing Research Team in Manchester UK.

None of this would have been possible without the education I earned at TATI, so thank you, Helene!
Krista Schneider
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.
Annalisa Danowski
Although I am a fairly recent graduate, I feel as though I’ve embarked on a truly fulfilling career. During my time as a student with TATI, I participated in group therapy sessions and immersed myself in unbelievable placements, gaining valuable experience in and knowledge of an art therapy career as a result. Not many students could say they were given an opportunity to lead Addictions Rounds at CAMH, or co-implement an art therapy program for men seeking addictions treatment at the Good Shepherd DARE Program. I’ve also spoken during Mental Health Week at McMaster University and volunteered for a “new memory project” for women staying in a shelter in North York.

Currently, I working with a new program being offered by Youthdale Treatment Centres which is located at Covenant House in downtown Toronto. The Intensive Extended Day Program seeks to fill the vast gap in mental health services for youth aged sixteen and older. Working with an incredibly dedicated team of administrators, a psychologist, social worker, child and youth workers and many others to shape this necessary endeavour has been a dream.Currently, I working with a new program being offered by Youthdale Treatment Centres which is located at Covenant House in downtown Toronto. The Intensive Extended Day Program seeks to fill the vast gap in mental health services for youth aged sixteen and older. Working with an incredibly dedicated team of administrators, a psychologist, social worker, child and youth workers and many others to shape this necessary endeavour has been a dream.

Feeling like what I’ve accomplished and will continue to work on has been meaningful and had an impact on the lives of others is truly a gift. I also value the incredible connections I made with my classmates, and hold them in the highest regard. Their work and dedication continues to fascinate, motivate and inspire me most of all. Feeling like what I’ve accomplished and will continue to work on has been meaningful and had an impact on the lives of others is truly a gift. I also value the incredible connections I made with my classmates, and hold them in the highest regard. Their work and dedication continues to fascinate, motivate and inspire me most of all.
Sari Richter
Changing careers is a difficult proposition and one that saw me retiring from one career and starting another through the distance learning program at TATI. I selected the distance learning program because it was the best option for me and traveling to Toronto for two semesters was easier for my circumstances.

The course covered a lot of information and was delivered in manageable chunks that were easy to absorb. The structure of the course was clear, logical and concise and allowed me and my fellow students to expand on our posts, thoughts and get feedback from each other as well as the instructor. Meeting on line through a visual chat for the experiential course was something I had never participated in before, but the instructor made sure that we all had time to present to the group, ask questions of fellow students, and provide feedback as a facilitator. It was an interesting experience to meet everyone in person for the first time in Toronto but it seemed like we had already formed a bond with each other than carried through the whole course.

It wasn't just about the new knowledge and the skills that we were learning to become art therapists. The main benefits came from doing assignments, the experiential exercises and sharing our stories and experiences on line, receiving individual feedback and interacting with the professors who were patient, experienced and knowledgeable. It's been some time since I was a full-time student, and it took some time to adjust, but it was easy to follow the lessons and the format of the on-line program and with the help of the instructors and fellow students, it became second nature to participate in the posts and on line discussions.

I chose to do a major project and my advisor was amazing. She was extremely supportive throughout the whole process and when I needed guidance, she was willing to point me in the right direction and helped me stay focused through skype calls, phone calls and emails. I even had the chance to meet her in person on one of my trips to Toronto that wasn't related to TATI.

My practicum site was a private psychiatrist's office in Thunder Bay and although supervision was through skype calls, my supervisor was always available through messaging, emails and if I needed an extra skype call, she was willing to be there for me. She sent information and articles that would help with my practicum and the feedback was beneficial for my development. I also branched out to complete group sessions at CMHA which was encouraged by my supervisor to broaden my experience and my training. Helene worked extremely hard to find places to complete my practicum hours and contacted many organizations to help me get placed.

The distance learning format gave me the ability to work in my own community with the constant support of the office staff and instructors. The two on-site semesters allowed my cohort to bond and by the second semester, it was clear that we had been a part of something special and would stay in touch for years to come. The on-site guest instructors and lecturers were extremely well prepared, and imparted not only knowledge but their wisdom about the profession and their specialty whether it was puppet-making, sand therapy or working in different settings with various populations.

I feel confident moving forward with this career with the education, support and guidance that I have received from TATI and look forward to my future as an art therapist. I will be opening my own practice soon, as I recently graduated, but feel confident that I will serving the community well with the tool and knowledge I have gained through TATI.
Tammy Reynolds

International Students

Toronto Art Therapy Institute Policy:

If you apply to either the On-Site or Distance Learning programs at TATI, you may meet our English-language requirements if you have successfully completed, or are in the process of successfully completing, one of the following:

Note: time spent in ESL courses will not be counted towards meeting these requirements. Language requirements will not be waived based on letters written by students or as a result of completing senior-level high-school English courses.

These are general guidelines only. 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.  
Language Requirements
Proficiency in English Minimum Score Requirements for the Speaking and Writing Proficiency in English English Language Proficiency Minimum Test Scores Required for Entry to TATI.

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

Prerequisite for all applicants

An undergraduate degree from a reputable university is required. Students may be required to have their degrees evaluated by International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)

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Tel: +1 519 763-7282
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As with the on-site program, students are required to complete 700 hours of practicum and a thesis or major project in order to qualify for graduation.