Open for Applications: BA Creative Therapeutic Practice

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City of Bristol College has been working closely with Bath Spa University to create a brand new degree programme exploring creativity and its impact on wellbeing, with a focus on participatory practice. We have our first cohort up and running and are now accepting applications for this September.

The 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 health and wellbeing. It focuses on developing you as a creative facilitator and a reflective practitioner.

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.

If you would like to know more then contact Amy Creech on We would love to hear from you.

Application is via UCAS Creative Therapeutic Practice at Bath Spa University - UCAS and there is also information on the City of Bristol College Website BA Creative Therapeutic Practice - City of Bristol College


More Information About the Course

In year one you will explore the core skills and principles underpinning creative therapeutic practice, as well as exploring the reasons behind why we do it - both personally and in terms of the benefits to health and wellbeing. We will explore ethics, the evidence base for creative health work, and consider how we can make the work inclusive. You will begin your exploration into reflective practice. You will also complete a work placement, supporting you to understand the range of professional options for a creative therapeutic practitioner.

In year two you will explore a range of creative modalities in more depth, looking at movement, music and sounds, storytelling and applied theatre and art materials. You will consider their particular strengths when working with participants, and have the opportunity to explore your own relationship to them. You will learn about arts management, explore contextual issues related to creative therapeutic practice and deepen your reflective approach. You will also apply your learning so far to work as a team to devise, deliver and evaluate an arts for health and wellbeing project in a professional setting.

In year three you will draw together your learning and apply them to your own practice, setting up and running an independent project as a Creative Therapeutic Practitioner. You will also explore some specialist areas of practice, such as how we can deliver creative health projects remotely and we might work outdoors or in partnership with the natural environment. You will also have the opportunity to explore your own creative practice further, considering your own personal and professional development.