Expressive Arts - 391

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Prepare for a fulfilling career utilizing and incorporating various forms of visual and fine arts into programing created to support clients with diverse needs.

Program Highlights

  • You will gain hands on experience with various expressive arts modalities, including: drumming, story-telling, drama, dance, journaling, painting, sculpting and more.
  • Study various populations and communities focusing on their strengths and specialized needs.
  • Learn to develop, implement and facilitate programing within various communities.
  • You will join the growing field of expressive arts practitioners and can choose to set up your own practice or incorporate this specialization into your current career path.
  • As a graduate of the program, you can join the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA) as an Expressive Arts Practitioner.

Skills Gained

  • Graduate certificate builds on previous degree or diploma providing a specialization for creating and managing social programming in the arts.
  • Examine case studies to develop, and enhance knowledge of the expressive arts field.
  • Create mock initiatives that involve program overviews, mission statements, funding and grant applications, budgets, program guides, equipment and staffing to support client needs.
  • Learn how to prioritize expressive arts modalities relative to client group needs, limitations and interests.

What you’ll learn

  • Design, organize, facilitate and manage expressive arts programs.
  • Explore, participate in and facilitate various expressive arts modalities including: drumming, storytelling, theatre, movement and dance, journaling, painting, poetry and sculpture.
  • Propose programs, create budgets and funding applications, consider long-term program growth strategies and staffing needs.
  • Analyze differences within the population and methods for best catering programming to address the needs of client groups.
  • Field placement offers real-programming experience and hands-on experience with client groups.

Program Length

3 semesters (40 Weeks) with classes offered in the evenings (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the Fall and Winter to offer a blended delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $656.63 $635.86 $500.37
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,169.72 $2,169.72 $2,169.72

Total Domestic Charges Per Semester

$2,930.78 $2,927.01 $2,714.52
Total 1st Year Fees $8,572.31

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,965.57 $8,025.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00

Total International Charges Per Semester

$8,520.00 $8,522.00 $7,970.00
Total 1st Year Fees $25,012.00

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Admission Requirements

  • Two-year college diploma or university degree. Preference will be given to applicants with a diploma, degree or work experience in Community Services, Health Sciences or the Arts.
  • Other equivalent postsecondary experience or qualifications will be considered.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Test and apply course concepts in our labs
  • Application of theory and skills through field placement experiences to prepare for real-world challenges.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 


 Field Placement

For more information regarding the Expressive Arts field placement, please contact the amy.ocampo [at] (field placement specialist).




Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Conduct research, program evaluation and policy involving expressive arts.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a variety of private, non-profit and government settings.
  • Support clients with specialized needs in a variety of settings.
  • Propose and create programing, manage supplies, facilities and staffing needs for each program.

Where you could work includes:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community outreach programs
  • Recreation centres
  • Schools
  • Non-profits
  • Start-up and community initiatives

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

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Sep 2020

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