Admissions

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute offers a two-year postgraduate diploma program. The campus program runs for nine months of the year, from September to May. Semester 1 begins in September and Semester 2 begins in January.      

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. After submitting a complete application form and all application materials, candidates will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.  The formal application deadline is March 1st.  However, applications may be accepted until June 30th, space permitting.  

For further information, please contact the Registrar:  
250-352-2264, toll free: 1-800-580-6388, or admin@kutenaiarttherapy.com

How to Apply

Admission to the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute two-year diploma program is competitive as space is limited. The program runs from September through to May. It is important to get your application materials in early in the year to be considered for the upcoming academic year. The following application materials are required for admission to the Diploma program.

Requirements for Application

  • Completed copy of Admissions Form
  • A Bachelor’s degree - all official transcripts sent directly to the Institute**
  • Minimum of 3 psychology courses (5 recommended courses)
  • Portfolio including 10 images of creative art
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written)
  • Criminal record check for vulnerable sector
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Personal autobiography
  • Statement of intent
  • Personal interview

** The bachelor degree requirement may be met through a documented Equivalency Assessment.

Recommended 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

Application Fees

Application fees can be paid by e-transfer to admin@kutenaiarttherapy.com or by cheque, money order or bank draft.

  • Application fee
    • $100.00 for Campus and Distance students
    • $250.00 for international students
  • Equivalency Assessment fee
    • $250.00 (includes application fee for Canadian students)

Equivalency Assessments

An Equivalency Assessment (EA) is available for applicants who do not hold or have not completed a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university required for admission to KATI.  

The Equivalency Assessment application and process is to determine that the applicant has the required knowledge and skills that would match the equivalent of a university degree and would be successful in completing the program. The cost of applying for an EA is $250.  


Tuition Fees

2017

Campus Tuition

1st year - $11,818
2nd year - $9,668

Distance Tuition

1st year - $11,818
2nd year - $10,861

International Campus Tuition

1st year - $13,792
2nd year - $12,731

Textbooks - Approximately $1,400 per year

Application Fees (non-refundable)               

Campus/Distance - $100.00
International Student - $250.00

Equivalency Learning Assessment - $250.00

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. NSF cheques - $20.00 per cheque.

Income Tax Receipts

Official income tax receipts are provided to students in February for the previous year once all tuition is paid.

Refund Policy

Fees will be refunded in accordance with the most recent version of Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA) refund policy, as written into the Student Contract.           

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.
 

1.       If the institution receives tuition from the student, or a person on behalf of the student, the institution will refund the student, or the person who paid on behalf of the student, the tuition that was paid in relation to the program in which the student is enrolled if:
(a)     the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student no later than seven days after the effective contract date and before the contract start date;
(b)     the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signs the student enrolment contract seven days or less before the contract start date and the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student between the date the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signed the student enrolment contract and the contract start date; or
(c)     the student does not attend a work experience component and the institution does not provide all of the hours of instruction of the work experience component within 30 days of the contract end date.

2.       The institution will refund the tuition for the program and all related fees paid by the student or a person on behalf of the student enrolled in the program if the student is enrolled in the program without having met the admission requirements and did not misrepresent his or her knowledge or skills when applying for admission.

3.       If a student does not attend any of the first 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition paid under the student enrolment contract unless the program is provided solely through distance education.

4.       Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from a student:
(a)     more than seven days after the effective contract date and
 i.      at least 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 10% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,000.
ii.      less than 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 20% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,300.
(b)     after the contract start date
i.      but before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
ii.      and after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.

5.       Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution provides a notice of dismissal to a student and the date the institution delivers the notice to the student is:
(a)     before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
(b)     after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.

6.       If the institution provides the program solely through distance education and the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and:
(a)     the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for up to 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or
(b)     the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.

7.       The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to the institution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student.

8.       Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days:
(a)     of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal,
(b)     of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student,
(c)     of the date that the registrar provides notice to the institution that the institution is not complying with section 1(c) or 2 of this policy, or
(d)     after the first 30% of the hours of instruction if section 3 of this policy applies.

9.       If an international student delivers a copy of a refusal of a study permit to the institution, sections 1(a), 1(b), 4, 7 and 8 of this policy apply as if the copy of the refusal were a notice of withdrawal, unless:
(a)     the international student requests an additional letter of acceptance for the same program that was the subject of the refusal of a study permit, or
(b)   the program is provided solely through distance education.

Additional Costs

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

Thesis binding is at an additional cost to each student per copy.  Please see our policies for up to date pricing.

Individual or group psychotherapy may be required if not done prior to entry into the program. A total of 80 hours of therapy is recommended with an art therapist or psychotherapist in good standing with their association.

Field trips to conferences are encouraged but are an additional expense.