Course overview

BA Creative Therapeutic Practice City of Bristol College

Are you curious about creativity and its impact on wellbeing? Would you like to know more about how the arts are used in health and social care settings? Are you interested in working creatively with people?

Creativity and the arts can support our physical and emotional health and wellbeing in many ways. They are widely recognised as a powerful tool and are becoming more integrated into a range of services.

This full-time degree course will teach you about therapeutic approaches and the theory behind them across a range of art forms, including: Visual arts, crafts, drama, music, movement and creative writing. You will explore how different creative practices can be used in a variety of settings to support wellbeing.

The course is experiential, with opportunities for you to engage in personal enquiry, reflection and personal development.

You will be taught by experienced practitioners and will work collaboratively with many local organisations, gaining practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

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Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B20
Course code: X337
Campus code: J

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Dates and applications

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BA Creative Therapeutic Practice Ashley Down Centre
Course Code
09/09/2024 - 25/06/2027
3 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £8250 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HBF1368D01-1 09/09/2024 - 25/06/2027 3 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 13.00 09:30 Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £8250 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This degree course is designed for those who already work with, or have a desire to support individuals to become more expressive and communicative using drama, music, movement, art and creative writing. You might be working in a care, health or education setting and have become interested in the impact of working creatively, or you might have an established creative practice and want to learn more about how to apply it when working with people.

What you'll learn

By the end of the Creative Therapeutic Practice degree course you will have developed the skills and awareness to work in a variety of settings using creative arts to support health and wellbeing.

Modules may include:

  • Groups and Play
  • Facilitating Creativity
  • Arts and Health 1: Understanding the Field
  • Creative Reflection and Personal Development
  • Ethical and Inclusive Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Exploring Drama and Story
  • Exploring Movement
  • Exploring Art Materials
  • Exploring Music and Sounds
  • Arts and Health 2: Contextual Issues and Health Inequalities
  • Arts Management
  • Creativity and Nature
  • Facilitating Creativity Remotely
  • Representations of Health
  • Independent Project and Extended Essay

Throughout the BA Creative Therapeutic Practice, you will work in a practical placement setting in order to gain skills and enable the integration of theory and practice.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the university’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the university’s policies and requirements.

Course entry requirements

You will need the following to join the BA Creative Therapeutic Practice:

  • 80 UCAS points or an Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Related employment and qualifications are welcomed
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for working with vulnerable adults and children. All information will be treated in confidence.
  • Attendance at interview

We will take significant relevant work experience into account where appropriate. This must be directly relevant to the field of Creative therapeutic Practice and will be discussed and investigated at the interview.

All applications are considered on an individual basis.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The course is taught at our Ashley Down centre.

Please note: this is an in-person course. Many of the classes are experiential and learning comes from your experience in the group. it is important that you are able to attend college regularly

You will be assessed via a range of methods including:

  • Reflective writing
  • Reports and essays
  • Group projects
  • Practical creative assessments
  • Presentations

Future career and study opportunities

Graduates will be able to work therapeutically using the creative arts in art, health, care or education contexts. Work may be in the statutory sector or community/voluntary settings.

If you already work in creative arts and/or in one of these settings, this award will enhance your existing skills and your employment potential.

On completion of the programme students could apply to progress to Master’s programmes in Creative Therapies or Arts in Health.

Additional costs

Once accepted on the Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course, and prior to enrolling, you must complete the DBS (Disclose and Barring Service) application at a cost of £55. Once enrolled, students must receive a satisfactory DBS disclosure to continue on the course.

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

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