Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts offer people of all ages the opportunity to express themselves through art, craft, writing, music, movement, and narrative arts.


Spring 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: EXA
Location: Haliburton
Contact: Shelley Schell Email
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: April 25, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $1,792.51 program duration*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $6,805.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Getting through life's challenges and crossroads is often difficult. While traditional treatments and counselling are helpful, sometimes we need to tap into our creative self to deal with our feelings and emotions. Fleming's Ontario Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts is a valuable addition to the counselling, teaching, or ministry you currently offer others. As a teacher, artist, nurse, social worker, minister, or someone in another caring profession, you will benefit from knowing how to facilitate the development and transformation of the people in your care, through expressive arts.

You will explore your own creativity and learn how to design and deliver expressive arts programming to people in a variety of circumstances. In addition, you will examine the theoretical and practical approaches to expressive arts, and learn how to protect yourself from burnout. Mandatory courses include Expressive Arts–Exploring Relationships, Introduction to Expressive Arts, Planning Expressive Arts Experiences and Professional Issues with the Expressive Arts. The additional four elective courses focus on various modalities, including music, dance, clowning, mask, storytelling and art making. You may take this certificate on a part-time basis, course by course, or in an intensive eight-week format, equivalent to one semester of study, offered each spring.

Part-time students pay individual course registration fees. Individual course registrations ($340.58 plus materials per course) will be considered in the 8-week program on March 28, 2016, dependent upon the complete program registration level and space availability. Up to 4 courses can be taken within the spring 8-week program and a limited number of courses are also available each summer.

Why Choose Fleming

Our particular approach to training in the expressive arts is unique. We offer the certificate with the flexibility of studying full or part-time so professionals currently working can fit this training into their busy schedules. Backed by the reputation of the Haliburton School of The Arts and many enthusiastic instructors with experience in counselling therapies and/or the arts, you will benefit professionally and personally from your time spent in pursuit of this certificate.

Is this You?

  • an interest in the arts
  • good communication skills
  • empathetic, tactful and sensitive
  • culturally aware and diplomatic
  • a holistic attitude toward health and well-being
  • a respect for confidentiality
  • active listening skills
  • actively working on your own self-development
  • previous work experience in a social service capacity is an asset

Career Opportunities

The Expressive Arts Certificate will be a useful complement to an existing career in education, counselling, social work, social service, the arts or ministry. With the broad-based focus of this certificate, expect to find yourself using many of the skills you have learned in the workplace on a daily basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is a human service or arts Ontario College Diploma or university degree. Applicants who do not have the academic admission requirements as stated above, but who have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. These requirements apply to full-time and part-time studies.

Transfer Agreements

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