MA Arts Practice (Art, Health and Wellbeing)

The MA Arts Practice 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, 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.

Our students create arts practice in a broad range of media, alongside the study of concepts and theories that inform arts, health and wellbeing practice and research. The course will enable you to develop your professional skills and experience within relevant critical and contextual frameworks. It encompasses a broad spectrum of creativity from participation and socially engaged practice to site-specific art works aimed at enhancing health and wellbeing.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

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 Art Practice course runs over two calendar years if you choose part-time study, or one calendar year for full-time study:

Part One
  • Artist Practitioner 1 Critique (40 credits)

Choice of one, 20 credit module from the three MA common modules, which you will study alongside Postgraduate students from other courses across the Faculty of Creative Industries:

  • Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Research Paradigms

Common Modules

You will receive a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of the core MA Arts Practice Arts, Health and Wellbeing course, but because everyone has different requirements of their postgraduate experience, you can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries

The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

Research Paradigms

This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries

Part Two
  • Arts Practitioner 2 (40 credits)
  • Professional Practice in the Arts (20 credits)
  • Arts Practitioner 3 – Major Arts Project (60 credits) OR
  • Research Project – Learning Through Employment (60 credits)


The MA Art Practice course is delivered using specialist facilities in our post-graduate studios which are available seven days a week. The MA Art Practice (Art, Health and Wellbeing) course makes use of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, demonstrations and tutorials, field trips and visits (additional costs will apply for field trips and visits). Contact time will include weekly workshops or seminars, and regular group and individual tutorials. You will also be expected to develop your area of practice independently.


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.


Studying MA Arts, Health and Wellbeing at the University of South Wales means you can work in dedicated base rooms at our Treforest campus. Within your specialism, you will be able to accomplish a high standard of work in our extensive specialist facilities: 3D workshop, print room, and ceramic studios all equipped with traditional and state of the art facilities, including digital suites and a fully equipped lighting studio for photography. Opportunities are available to extend your technical skills through tailored undergraduate modules.

Facilities at our nearby Cardiff campus range from photographic darkrooms and professional-level printers, to video and audio production studios. While facilities are available in the first instance to students studying related courses, they are available more widely to students wishing to explore cross-disciplinary and multi-media techniques.

You will be able to borrow a full range of equipment including cameras, microphones and lighting. Our specialist library offers a comprehensive range of textbooks, research journals and other physical and online resources, as well as an inter-library loan service.


Our MA Arts Practice staff are actively engaged in research, they embody a high level of knowledge, expertise and professional experience across a range of arts practices. Students on this course will benefit from interdisciplinary teaching delivered by a teaching team with extensive experience in exhibiting; project management; project realisation and practice within the public realm, NHS and community contexts.

A good undergraduate degree in a related discipline such as art or design or a significant body of practical work and/or written work in the field of the arts, that demonstrates competencies equivalent to a Bachelors degree.

Applicants with appropriate qualifications in related fields such as teaching, art training, arts administration, occupational therapy, arts therapies, health sector management, arts and disability, social services, community work, youth work, or a period of professional employment in the field, will also be considered.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

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

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.