City of Bristol College

FdA Creative Arts Therapy Studies

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Understanding the Therapeutic Process (COBC1003)

      This module enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of the process of arts in therapy within ethically safe practice. How does self-reflection inform our creative practice? What do you gain from the process of self-reflection? You explore the challenges of receiving and giving critical and constructive feedback that enhances professional and personal growth.

    • Professional Practice (COBC1111B)

    • Marketing of Creative Arts Projects (COBC1141)

      This module provides professional guidance from arts professionals working in independent practice and/or for creative arts agencies. Each artist provides insight into their own practice approach sharing how to keep on-going stamina and a zest for innovation and risk-taking from developing, marketing, fundraising and implementing creative arts projects.,

    • Creative Group work and Performance Skills (COBC1193)

      This module introduces you to the various aspects of groupwork through the development of students own creative performance skills. It explores both the practical and theoretical aspects. Initially the role-play and later in small group project work you develop and practice communication and performance skills, project management and effective problem-solving through the devising and performing of a performance piece.

    • Arts and Health Project 1 (COBC1194)

      This module enables you to develop sound competencies, effectiveness and skills in planning and implementing a creative arts project within your area of interest. You will research the relevance/feasibility of your ideas. This will be informative for you Work-Based Learning.

    • Creative Responses to Personal Development (COBC1217)

      This module offers creative and theoretical exploration to develop self-understanding, informing work and professional relationships. Inspiration and tools are offered through experiential activities. You will explore your understanding of relevant theoretical ideas to be applied across the whole course. With personal development at the forefront you are expected to identify and work on personal challenges throughout this module to demonstrate progression and increased levels of self-understanding

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Creative Expression with Words (Creative Writing/Drama) (COBC2161)

      This module introduces you to the effective use of words written/verbal to develop creative, expressiveness and enhance individuals perception of health and well-being. You may already have enhanced in this area of practice and can now develop your skills in greater depths. A Drama Psychotherapist who is an expert in his/her artistic/clinical practice teaches the module.

    • Creative Expression with Movement Improvisation (COBC2162)

      This module focuses on the development of body awareness and creative movement, interventions highlighting the benefit of non-verbal communication skills and the improvement of individuals perceptions of health and well-being. This module is taught by a dance movement therapist who is an expert in his/her artistic/clinical practice.

    • Creative Expression with Art Materials (COBC2163)

      This module encourages you to apply your creativity to a wide range of art materials, such as 2D and 3D images/sculptures. You will pay particular attention to the emotional content of your creations and explore how relationships can be informed and maintained with art materials. The module is taught by an Arts Psychotherapist who is an expert in his/her artistic/clinical practice

    • Creative Expression with Music and Sounds (COBC2164)

      This therapy-based module introduces music and sounds as a form of communication and participation. Participatory music offers social integration, opportunities for reminiscence and release and relaxation from inner tension. The module is taught by an arts psychotherapist who is an expert in his/her artistic/clinical practice

    • Arts and Health Project 2 (COBC2165)

      This module builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in the previous four modules completed during this year and your experience and learning from your Project 1. The project fosters your personal style, independent project management, evidence-based practice, maturity in relating to people involved and understanding of the therapeutic impact

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.
Fees, costs and funding
As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.
How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.
Our partnership with City of Bristol College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.
Plymouth students working on a group project