MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing)

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 from participation and socially engaged practice to site-specific art works aimed at enhancing wellbeing.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 18 Months September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 18 Months 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 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.


Facilities at our Cardiff campus range from photographic darkrooms and professional – level printers to video and audio production studios.

Subject to induction in their use; 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 on-line 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 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.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: 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.



Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.


USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount


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

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.