Art Therapy Students

Student Membership With OATA

Did you know Students are Free for the first 2 years of study at a recognized Art Therapy Training Institution? 

All you have to do is: 

Submit by email to

  • A scan of an official art therapy student ID card  
  • Scans official transcripts from a recognized art therapy program or letter confirming enrollement
  • An OATA application form available here  

Student members have all the rights and privileges of other levels of membership such as conference discounts, Tapestry subscription etc. but they may not vote, hold office and are not eligible for Professional Liability Insurance.  They may however volunteer and join OATA initiatives.

OATA Student Ambassador

Your current OATA Student Ambassidor is
Stephanie Wu
The OATA Student Ambassador serves as the link between art therapy students and the OATA Board. The Student Ambassidor advocates for student specific needs and communicates OATA initatives and opportunities for students, to students. This student position is a valuable component of OATA’s outreach efforts to bring the student community closer to professional community. 
The Ambassidor also acts as the Chair of the Student Committee. 

Student concerns can be directed to and will be re-directed to the Ambassidor.

The OATA Student Committee  


The Student Committee is a Committee to address student needs and concerns, as well as initiate student projects as approved by the Education Chair. The Student Committee is an excellent way to get involved in the art therapy community, share ideas and advocate for student interests. Students interested in joining the OATA student committee must be student members of OATA and can express interest to the OATA Student Ambassidor and the Education Chair at 


Asked Questions:

As a graduate of an Ontario Art Therapy program do I automatically get information about OATA membership, and how to eventually become a Registered Art Therapist?
  • Not necessarily. The OATA is not directly affiliated with the University training programs, although every effort is made in keeping the students informed of their options and professional responsibilities.
  • First and second year students are given a free membership in the OATA, and students in any following year pay $40.00 per year. This is an important link for students to become familiar with the profession, and a source for networking and communication. However, as student addresses frequently change, it may be difficult to maintain contact unless the student takes the initiative.
  • Efforts are also made through the course curriculum to bring information to the students on professional standards, and to stress the importance of being affiliated with a professional association when working as an art therapist. It is then up to the graduate to make decisions about what process they wish to take. They must take the initiative to obtain the necessary information on becoming a Graduate / Professional / and (ultimately) Registered member of the Association.