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BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing with Foundation Year

University of Derby
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
University of Derby

About this program

BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing with Foundation Year

Keen to use the arts in a positive and therapeutic way with others? Achieve your ambitions by studying on this innovative four year course which includes a foundation year.

  • Our foundation year provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject area; enabling you to achieve your honours degree in four years
  • Gain exciting practical experience through completing work placements with our partner organisations
  • Advance to one of our acclaimed masters degrees if you would like to register and go into practice as an arts therapist
  • The Foundation Year course leads on to the full Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing

If the arts have played a vital role in your own personal development, why not harness your creativity to make a difference in other peoples’ lives? Our pioneering BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing with Foundation Year shows you how.

Beginning with a foundation year

Starting at foundation level is ideal if it has been a while since you were in formal education; are planning a career change; would benefit from a more gradual introduction to university level study; or do not meet the entry requirements to join our three-year honours degree directly.

It gives you an insight into the therapeutic arts and working with people, as well as supporting you to develop the skills you need to achieve your goals.

On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing degree.

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Admission requirements

UCAS points: 72

Specific requirements at A-level: No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE: GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS: 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

Interview / Audition: N/A

Portfolio: Yes - see portfolio information

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Program content

You’ll study a selection of modules such as:

Foundation Year

  • Study Skills
  • Health, Wellbeing and Creativity 
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 
  • Introduction to a Recovery Model for Mental Health

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

Program delivery

The course balances classroom-based theory sessions in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and exercises with practical sessions involving studio, performance, and exhibition work. The focus is on developing your transferable skills so that you can adapt to varied and changing circumstances. Work-based learning and placements are a key part of your learning experience too, allowing you to develop your skills in working with people of differing ages, identities, backgrounds, and abilities.

Throughout the course, you have access to guidance and advice from a personal academic tutor, and will also benefit from practice-focussed support sessions for academic skills, self-care, and employability.


UK: £9,250 per year

International and EU: £14,045 per year


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University of Derby

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Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby

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