University Certificate: Arts Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation
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School of study
School of Creative Arts
- Part Time, 7 Months
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
No previous art experience is necessary. Applicants should be employed in relevant areas e.g. mental health, education or a demonstrable interest in the therapeutic and social use of art.
Applicants are required to have NVQ qualification or above.
The application process does not include an interview.
About the course
This course is available to UK/EU students only.
Harness your creativity and develop your creative identity with the University Certificate: Arts Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation course.
This 24 week course provides you with a comprehensive introduction into the practice of creative arts therapies. Throughout the course, you'll explore innovative approaches in the therapeutic use of the arts in a range of settings. From healthcare to education, the course will help you discover the healing powers of creative expression.
The course explores a variety of media, including the visul arts, drama, music and movement. Wherever your passion lies, you'll be supported throughout your learning journey by registered arts therapies practitioners.
On the course you will:
- Benefit from a 20 year legacy in the delivery of the course
- Be ecouraged to explore your creativity and to develop your artistic identity
- Join a community where your personal journey is supported by group sessions and online art exchanges
- Explore the full range of visual arts approaches and the contexts in which they are used.
Why choose this course?
The Art Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation programme provides:
- A broad introduction to current, therapeutic use of the arts and wellbeing
- Art school context
- University Certificate
- Transferable skills.
What will I study?
You'll be taught by practising, registered arts therapists and visiting lecturers. The teaching team have experience working in a range of clinical settings with a variety of ages. This ensures you learn current methodologies, as well as benefit from varied expertise.
Alongside a qualified practitioner, you’ll develop your own creative arts practice and identity. They will also introduce you to therapeutic approaches and facilitation techniques. During the second semester, your journey is supported by fellow students in studio art experiential groups.
As well as learning about practical applications, theoretical frameworks will underpin your work. You’ll explore different arts modalities and core theories relating to: psychology, neuroscience, psychodynamics, attachment and child development, physiology, creativity, and artistic expression.
The course is open to students across the UK as we develop an interactive online teaching method alongside the experiential studio-based sessions. The theory module can be accessed online and the studio art experiential groups are blended with both face-to-face and online options available.
Teaching follows a structured approached enabling you to transition between theoretical knowledge, to practical application with ease.
- Week one: Introduction to Art Therapy – Myths and models – psychodynamic art therapy and group interactive approaches
- Week two: Arts therapies - Creativity, health and the artists self-identity
- Week three: The triangular relationship and transitional objects
- Week four: Child development - Art, play and story in therapy work with children
- Week five: Working with developmental trauma – neuroscience and creativity
- Week six: Groupwork in adult mental health services – attachment theory and relational patterns in adult life
- Week seven: Creative enactment and the dramatic body - Dramatherapy – body, movement and narrative
- Week eight: Introduction to art therapy and mindfulness – breath, the ‘felt sense’ and body oriented art psychotherapy
- Week nine: Jungian analytic art therapy – active imagination, individuation and dialoguing with images
- Week ten: Art, restorative justice, social action and the ‘Art Table’ - work with refugees
- Week eleven: Expressive Arts approach - Integrating the arts and imagination across the arts modalities
- Week twelve: Environmental arts therapy – an ecological approach to healing and creativity
The course is delivered on Monday evening from September until May with a series of one-day workshops to compliment the evening structure and provide an more immersive learning opportunity.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Introduction to Arts Therapies Theories and Approaches 15 Credits Compulsory Art Therapy Studio Experiential Group 15 Credits Compulsory Arts Therapies Workshops 15 Credits Compulsory
If successful, you’ll be awarded a University Certificate in Arts Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation. While not a qualification to practice, the course offers an excellent overview of the art therapy profession and will support your journey to become a qualified practioner. Many students progress onto the postgraduate qualifiying Masters degree in art therapies.
Students also gain transferable skills and an enhanced understanding of the potential of the arts as a means of social inclusion and wellbeing.
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Fees and funding
- £745 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
The course fees are £745 per 15 credit module. There are three modules delivered over two semesters.
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
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Other financial support
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Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
How to apply
Start Date End Date Link 29/09/2023 22/05/2024 Apply online (Part Time)
Start Date End Date Link 29/09/2024 22/05/2025 Apply online (Part Time)
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