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in collaboration with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Arts in Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator.


to undertake work-based learning in a designated healthcare environment.


to dedicated studio spaces in a traditional art school setting.

Why choose this course?

As services are pushed into the community to relieve pressure on acute health service provision, artists are becoming more and more valuable to the delivery of social healthcare. This course offers an innovative way of meeting the challenges of finding solutions to a range of public health issues and promoting publicly funded arts organisations.

  • Amongst only a handful of courses offered nationally, our course offers a distinctly art-based MA rooted in art practice with dedicated studio spaces in a traditional art school setting.
  • Students will learn how arts in health activities complement biomedical models of healthcare through a holistic and ‘person-centred’ approach to interventions facilitated through art (including visual arts, music, performing arts, design etc.) and will benefit from our strong connections with the local health board, local county art officers and third sector organisations for effective placements. 
  • Co-produced with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Arts in Health and Wellbeing co-ordinator who will act as an advisor, this course also has input from two experienced arts in health researchers with national influence and expertise to provide strategic direction and a national platform for the course.

Key course features

  • Civic engagement is at the heart of this programme which will equip students with research and entrepreneurial skills needed to sustain themselves in work within an ethos of fostering a sustainable society mindful of environmental and civic responsibility or our future.
  • Students will be working within the arts in health field in real-life settings, supported by research in the faculty.
  • Students will be able to access dedicated studio spaces in a traditional art school setting.
  • Students will have the opportunity to either set up their own work placement or volunteer on a pre-existing project led by a professional artist.
  • Placement opportunities organised by Wrexham University include; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) hospitals, Theatre Clwyd, Denbighshire Arts Dementia Group, Ty Pawb, cARTefu: a National Art in Care Home Mentoring Programme & MOSTYN Gallery, Llandudno.

What you will study

Students will study four taught core modules worth 30 credits each, followed by a dissertation project worth 60 credits. 


  • Arts in Health Funding                                             
  • Arts in Health Practices                               
  • Professional Practice Placement        
  • Research Methods and Application     
  • Dissertation and Master’s Art Practice                

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

We currently require an initial degree in a relevant subject, classified as First Class or 2:1, or evidence of recent activity in the subject equivalent to these classifications as determined by interview.

All applicants are expected to hold a good and relevant initial degree, or provide a portfolio of their own work, demonstrating equivalence to an initial degree. Overseas students can submit their portfolio and statement of intent digitally if they are unable to visit the university in person.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment will be conducted through a series of coursework (typically a portfolio), including evaluations of the practical work for each module.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support page has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course will equip students with the employable skills artists need to work in healthcare, and enable them to work in the growing field of arts and health within hospital or community settings.

Employment opportunities can be found within arts, health and the third sector, including community arts projects. Funding opportunities for arts in health will be the focus of one of the modules, and self-employment or studying for a research degree are other options students may wish to pursue. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our postgraduate fees.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.