The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute offers a postgraduate Diploma program in two delivery formats: campus and distance. The next distance cohort begins on June 17th, 2019 with an online orientation and continues in Nelson with the Groundwater workshop on June 24th, 2019. The campus cohort begins in Nelson on September 3rd, 2019.

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. After submitting a complete application form and all application materials, suitable candidates will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview, either in-person or online.

For further information, please feel welcome to call or email us with your questions.

How to Apply to the Program

Admission to the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Diploma program is competitive as space is limited. The campus cohort begins in September, and the distance cohort in June/July. It is important to get your application materials in early to be considered for the upcoming academic year. Students are accepted until the cohorts are filled. Applications are accepted throughout the calendar year.

The following application materials are required for admission to the Diploma program:

  • Completed Admissions Form

  • Bachelor’s degree - all official transcripts must be sent directly to the Institute*

  • Minimum of three psychology courses (five recommended)

  • Portfolio including ten images of creative art

  • Criminal record check for working with vulnerable clients

  • Three letters of reference

  • Resumé

  • Personal autobiography

  • Statement of intent

* The Bachelor’s degree requirement may be met through a documented Equivalency Assessment

Recommended, but not required experience:

  • Previous work or volunteer experience in education, counselling, rehabilitation, psychiatry or social services

  • Participation in art therapy workshops or groups

  • Personal experience with therapy or art therapy

Admissions Form

Submit this form to begin the admissions process. A KATI staff member will contact you within a few days to walk you through the next step of the admissions process.


Application Fees

  • $175 for campus and distance students

  • $450 for International students

Application fees are non-refundable and can be paid by e-transfer to the KATI administration office or by cheque, money order or bank draft. Please inquire for more information if you would like to transfer funds to a KATI bank account.

Re-application fee
Students who have deferred acceptance to KATI may apply again within two years with a new letter of intent, a new interview and a fee of $125.

Equivalency Assessment fee - $100
Read more about Equivalency Assessments >>

Tuition Fees - 2019

Campus Tuition

  • 1st year                $12,535

  • 2nd year              $10,250

Distance Tuition

  • 1st year                $12,535

  • 2nd year              $10,250

  • 3rd year               $ 4,125

International Campus Tuition

  • 1st year                $14,630

  • 2nd year              $13,500

Textbooks - Approximately $1,400 per year

Additional Costs

Supervision Fees
Supervision is included in the cost of tuition fees, provided the student maintains their expected clinical placement hours each week for the duration of their studies. If students require additional or summer semesters of supervision addition course fees for supervision will apply.

If students are not able to complete the program within the scheduled time frame, a student may have to contract for further clinical supervision at a cost of $1,250 per semester.

Unfinished Courses
Individual courses unfinished or incomplete within time frame - $1,050

Thesis Extension Course
$1,650 per year

Official Transcript Fee
$20 per request

NSF cheques
$25 per cheque

Students will require a computer for coursework and a camera for documenting client artwork.

Thesis Binding
Thesis binding is at an additional cost to each student per copy. Students may refer to the Student Handbook for pricing.

Unpaid Debts

Student transcripts and diplomas are withheld until all debts to the Institute are paid. These debts include outstanding tuition, borrowed equipment and books. All previous debts must be cleared before registration in a subsequent year.

Income Tax Receipts

All students receive T2202 education tax credit forms for each year tuition is paid. T202A income tax receipts are provided in February for the previous year once all tuition is paid. 

Refund Policy

Fees will be refunded in accordance with the PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch) refund policy, as shown in the Student Contract and the current KATI Policy and Procedures Manual. Please see the PTIB Fee and Tuition Policy Compliance Standards.

Financial Aid

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of British Columbia (PTIB), and therefore eligible for student loans. Students who are in financial need, can apply for provincial and/or federal student loans, or various student grants, depending upon their eligibility. 

Equivalency Assessments

An Equivalency Assessment (EA) is available for applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited University.

An EA is an assessment conducted by the Admissions Committee to establish what has been learned through formal and informal education, training, work or life experience. There is a written component followed by an interview. The goal is to establish the quality of learning that has occurred, rather than just the experience itself. It is the applicant’s responsibility to produce documentation of evidence of learning that meets the entrance requirements to KATI. This process may be used to establish a documented equivalency of a bachelor’s degree.

The fee for an EA application is $100.

Students accepted with an EA can apply to the Canadian Art Therapy Association, or any provincial art therapy association, as a professional member upon graduation. However, it is important that all applicants applying to KATI are aware that applying with an EA may affect the student’s ability to become an art therapy supervisor, as both the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the provincial associations currently require a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Diploma from a recognized art therapy training program to become a Registered Art Therapist in Canada.

How to Apply for an Equivalency Assessment

To evaluate prior learning and clinical work experience in order to establish a documented equivalency, applicants are requested to contact the KATI administration office. We will provide you with an application format and requirements.

Click here to view KATI’s full Equivalency Assessment Policy

Transfer Agreements

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute will consider up to 50% of course work as transfer credits from other recognized art therapy programs.

International Students

KATI is a Designated Learning Institution and welcomes International students each year. Please be sure to check with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for the specific requirements from your country. International students need a study permit to enroll.

Scholarships and Awards

KATI Scholarships

Maureen Pollack Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a second-year student as a $250.00 tuition credit. The criteria for this scholarship are kindness and compassion shown to fellow students, instructors and clients; an ability to solve problems in a respectful way; and contribution to a classroom atmosphere of cooperation and dignity.

Blake Parker Memorial Scholarship

The Blake Parker Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a first-year student as a $250.00 tuition credit for entering second year. The student recognized for this award has shown one or all of the following characteristics: "craziness" beyond the line of duty, commitment to creative writing, humour and exceptional theoretical integration.

Slocan Valley Lions Club Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded as a $250.00 tuition credit. The student who is awarded this scholarship will have demonstrated the following qualities:

  • Commitment to rural art therapy services, in particular, but not limited to the Slocan Valley;

  • Strong work ethics and quality art therapy services;

  • Loyalty to clients and the profession;

  • Demonstrated respectful communication skills in listening and speaking;

  • Generosity of spirit in offering services;

  • Citizenship to community and nation.

External Scholarships

Canadian Art Therapy Association Scholarships

The Canadian Art Therapy Association offers a student scholarship and research grants for CATA members. Several KATI students have been recipients of these scholarships and grants.

Application deadline is August 1st. KATI recommends that you become a student member.

Kootenay Co-Op Scholarship

The Kootenay Co-op in Nelson offers a $1,000 scholarship for co-op members pursuing post-secondary education

A lifetime membership to the co-op costs $50, which can be paid in 5 monthly installments of $10.

Priority is given to studies in food & environment, health, community development, and cooperation, but applications are welcome from any members. There is no age restriction and all members, and their children are eligible to apply. Deadline April 30th. Applications available on the Kootenay Co-op website.

Other local scholarships available to KATI students include:

Toronto-Dominion Bank
TD Student Scholarships

Columbia Basin Trust
Columbia Basin Trust Scholarships

KATI Awards (Non-monetary)

Janice Souza Award

The Janice Souza Award is awarded to a student who has made a significant contribution in pioneering the development of art therapy.

Jacqueline Fehlner Hope & Light Award

The recipient of this award is being recognized for qualities of compassion and the ability to attend to the spiritual dimensions of the work of an art therapist.

The recipient will be recognized for one or all of the following:

  • Qualities of compassion and attunement;

  • Ability to attend to the spiritual dimensions in art therapy; and/or

  • Commitment to work with one or all of the following populations:

    • the elderly

    • individuals living with serious life-threatening illnesses, and/or

    • caregivers.

Ecological Identity and Art Therapy Award

This award recognizes a student's commitment to ecological identity work in the context of art therapy.

Library Award

The library and research award is given to a student who has used the library extensively with joy and effectiveness as a resource for academic learning, personal growth and development.

Special Recognition Award (Administration)

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship through KATI or a legacy fund for community services, please contact the Institute.