Art Therapy Training Programs

Basic Training

Art therapy training is offered at the postgraduate level, following an undergraduate degree in fields such as visual arts, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy or education. The specific prerequisites for each art therapy program vary from one institution to another but candidates are generally expected to have an academic and work history that demonstrates interests and abilities in both visual arts and human care services.

All programs are approximately two years in length.   Some schools offer diplomas in art therapy while others award a master’s degree.   At the moment, three universities in Canada offer a master’s degree program in art therapy, Concordia University offers a Master of Arts, Art Therapy Option and the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute offers a Masters in Counselling: Art Therapy Specialization, in conjunction with the Athabasca University.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue offers a Master's degree in art therapy.

There are other private educational institutions which offer art therapy programs in Canada.

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List of programs

The AATQ’s basic requirement for professional membership is a master’s degree in art therapy. Consult the AATQ training standards guidelines for more detailed information.

Note: Prospective students from other provinces are advised to ascertain the requirements of professional membership in their provincial art therapy association and to ask whether or not their intended program of study will meet these requirements.

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