Course overview

Creative Arts Therapy Studies FdA City of Bristol College

Creative arts therapy engages people in the arts to address and support mental, emotional, developmental, and behavioural disorders.

This full-time Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course will teach you about therapeutic approaches and the theory behind them. You will explore how a creative approach can be used to support children and young people, older people, people with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues.

Apply to the Creative Arts Therapy Studies FdA through UCAS

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: W900
Campus code: B
Short code: FdA/CATS

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This two-year Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course is specifically 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.

What you'll learn

By the end of the Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course you will have developed the skills and awareness to work practically in a variety of settings using creative arts.

Modules on the Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course include:

  • The Creative Process of Developing Self-Awareness
  • Creative Group Work and Performance Skills
  • Understanding the Therapeutic Process
  • Marketing Creative Arts Projects
  • Creative Expression with Words (Writing/Drama)
  • Creative Expression with Movement Improvisation
  • Creative Expression with Art Materials
  • Creative Expression with Music and Sounds
  • Arts and Health Projects

Throughout the Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course 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 Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree programme:

  • 56 UCAS points
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Related employment and qualifications welcomed
  • Overseas students must have an English language level of IELTS 6.0 or another recognised equivalent
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for working with vulnerable adults and children. All information will be treated in confidence.
  • Attendance at interview

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed via a range of methods including:

  • A reflective journal
  • Coursework
  • Group work
  • Practical
  • Presentations

Future career and study opportunities

This Creative Arts Therapy Studies foundation degree course will enable you 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. There is currently progression to a BA (Hons) in Education Studies at University of Plymouth.

Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

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.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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