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The MA Arts Practice Arts, Health and Wellbeing course will be of value to artists, arts or health managers, therapists, counsellors, community workers and teachers, plus others with an interest in the relationship between arts and health and wellbeing.

A key element of this postgraduate art course is the wide range of projects undertaken by students with the NHS, arts organisations, social services, local authorities, charitable trusts, schools, colleges and commercial companies. 

The course will enable you to develop professional skills and experience within relevant critical and contextual frameworks. It encompasses a broad spectrum of creativity form participation and socially engaged practice to site-specific art works aimed at enhancing wellbeing.

What you will study

You will develop new ways of looking at your own practice within the field of arts, health and wellbeing. You will explore distinct areas of practice and research while reviewing your own and fellow students’ work-in-progress. Through negotiation, you will develop a proposal for new work that will form the framework for further development. The course is structured to enable you to fully realise your ambitions for your practice.

The MA Arts Practice Arts, Health and Wellbeing course begins in October each year and runs over 18 months.

Part One: October – March

  • Artist Practitioner 1 
  • Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries 

Part Two: April – September

  • Artist Practitioner 2 
  • Professional Practice in the Arts

Part Three: October – March

  • Artist Practitioner 3 Major Project


You will study over a number of designated weekend sessions, held at approximately monthly intervals at our Cardiff campus, allowing you to study alongside other personal and work commitments you may have.

Weekends will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits*; your study will be further supported via on-line tutorials. This blended approach to teaching will enable you to develop as an independent, enterprising artist.

The MA Arts Practice Arts, Health and Wellbeing course makes use of a blended learning approach to delivery, which combines face to face teaching with on -line support for study.

Teaching, which consists of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits*, takes place during a series of weekends held at approximately monthly intervals.

Students are further supported in their learning via on-line tutorials. You will be expected to develop your area of practice independently.

*additional costs may apply to field trips and visits


Modules are largely assessed via practical outcomes, project proposals and research folios. Some modules make use of presentations and discussion of working methods and final outcomes. We will give you regular verbal feedback to help you develop your understanding during each module.


Our graduates are equipped to pursue opportunities within the broad realm of arts, health and wellbeing. We take pride in our professional links within this sector and provide active support for our students to work with creative professionals through live projects, and through connections with our former students who are now employed in numerous roles within arts, health and wellbeing.

Previous partnerships have included:

  • Ty Hafan, Cardiff : Mixed media workshops with paeditric oncology patients
  • Making Minds, Pontyclun: ‘Hope flags’ textile project with voluntary participants
  • Mental Health Unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital: Mixed media workshops with patients
  • Inside Out, Caerphilly : Creative arts rehabilitation programme
  • Llandough Hospital : Arts collection strategy and management
  • Salisbury District General Hospital; internship
  • Oasis, Cardiff: Printmaking project; ‘Self and place’ with centre users, exhibited at St Fagans Museum
  • Community Lantern Parade, Bristol
  • Salai Centre, Bristol: Textile project
  • Cartrefi Cwmru: Mixed media workshops, Adults with leaning difficulties
  • Llantrisant residential psychiatric provisions; painting and printmaking project
  • Education:
  • Aberdare Special School: Painting and mural project
  • Neath Port Talbot College: Textile project
  • Ty Glas Special School: Stained glass project
  • Ty Coryton special school: Pin hole photography and printmaking

Visit the MA Arts Practice (Art, Health and Wellbeing) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!





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