If you’re passionate about expressive arts and believe in the potential for creative practices to improve wellbeing, the Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree provides the opportunity to develop your future practice in community and educational settings.
Whether you’re interested in fine art, design, craft or creative community engagement, the Creative and Therapeutic Arts course encompasses a wide variety of creative disciplines. You’ll be taught by experts at the forefront of the creative and therapeutic arts workforce, who will provide you with an excellent platform to gain experience of working creatively with others.
The Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree has three distinct areas of study – art practice, professional practice placement, and theoretical input. You’ll be encouraged to make meaningful connections between each core subject to become a creative arts practitioner.
What you will study
Year One: Creative and Therapeutic Arts Degree
Your first year focuses on building a creative learning community among your fellow students to support you throughout your studies. You’ll work independently and collaboratively, sharing knowledge and constructively critiquing each other’s work. You’ll also engage in an intensive project of professional engagement and training. This will culminate in creative and therapeutic arts workshops in the community through collaborative working.
- Art (1)
- Professional Practice (1)
- Creativity and Wellbeing: Theoretical Underpinnings
- Academic Skills for Inclusive Practice
Year Two: Creative and Therapeutic Arts Degree
In the second year, you’ll have opportunities to diversify. Theoretical modules oﬀer insight into a range of specialist contexts and ideas on how to work creatively within these, as well as exploring the nature of collaboration and participation. This learning is developed, applied and assessed while you work creatively and therapeutically on a placement.
- Art (2)
- Professional Practice/Placement (2)
- Application of Therapeutic Principles
- Collaboration and Participation in the Arts
- Working in Diverse Settings
Year Three: Creative and Therapeutic Arts Degree
The final year provides scope for you to hone your identity as a creative arts practitioner. You’ll learn about the importance of evidence-based practice and evaluation, and refine your chosen specialist area through further placement opportunities in community, education and health settings. This year ends with a graduate exhibition, which has a keen focus on the therapeutic and inclusive potential of this practice.
- Art (3)
- Critical Reflection of Therapeutic Principles
- Evidence-based practice
- Professional Practice/Placement
The Creative and Therapeutic Arts team are keen to encourage students to become involved with working with a wide range of groups in order to broaden their experience and understanding while on the degree.
Placements form an important part of the Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree and our partnerships with a range of settings mean you will gain a wealth of practitioner experience to boost your CV.
Placement partnerships include opportunities in community settings, such as charities, women’s refuges, children’s play therapy settings, nursing homes, learning disability services, centres for refugees and asylum seekers, social groups for adults with dual sensory impairments, and more. We also have partnerships with over 50 schools and learning centres with a breadth of innovative and specialist provision.
We have a multipurpose teaching space where most of the art and related lectures are taught. There is scope for workshops, more messy experimental work, as well as lectures and seminars in this space. There are also dedicated studio spaces for each year group which can be accessed throughout the week, where students are supported to develop their individual and collaborative art practices.
The Creative and Therapeutic Arts course has its own range of specialist tools and resources which are used through the teaching within these dedicated spaces. Students also have priority access to a Mac computer lab which has a range of specialist software for use on art projects.
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