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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


This dynamic course is designed to enable you to work therapeutically using the creative arts in art, health, care or education contexts.

You will examine concepts of psychotherapy while developing a plethora of creative skills and applying your own artistry to the therapeutic process in work settings.

FdA Creative Arts for Health and Wellbeing allows you to be employed or in a voluntary placement while studying to gain vital relevant experience.

Suitable employment or placement settings include projects where creativity is used to engage members of communities in a way that enriches their lives.

Examples include theatre projects with children and young people, using music to support communication, art with the elderly or community arts that engage people who might feel marginalised.

On successful completion of our Foundation Degree you will have gained knowledge of a variety of relevant demographics and will have a thorough understanding of the professional framework of creative arts in therapy.

This will allow you to pursue a range of related careers or further study with our BA (Hons) Applied Care Practice or BA (Hons) Arts Practice top-up awards.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Human Growth & Development (Mandatory)

This module introduces a range of psychological perspectives that seek to explain human development and behaviour and the approaches used to support individuals.

Personal professional development (Mandatory)

This module explores employability skills, career action plans and develops reflective practice.

Personal Change and Growth Through Psychotherapy (Requisite)

Students will be introduced to key approaches in psychotherapy and how practitioners can support individuals in decision-making and change.

Creative Group work and Creative Arts (WBL) (Requisite)

This module looks at Group Therapies and supporting groups of people in a setting through creative activities and involves some experiential learning.

Safeguarding & Ethical Practice (Requisite)

Students will develop a clear understanding of the legislative frameworks in care and education and the professional values and standards that inform practice.

Marketing Creative Arts Projects & Therapeutic Services (WBL) (Requisite)

Students will visit projects in a range of settings where arts and therapeutic activities co-exist. Students will look at business models and funding sources.

Supporting Creative Expression with Words (Writing/Drama) (Requisite)

A reflective account of practical learning.

Supporting Creative Expression with Media (Requisite)

Students will produce a creative project and reflect on the skills developed and how they can be used to support others.

Supporting Creative Expression with Art Materials (Requisite)

Students will present art works and reflect on the use of art in therapy.

Supporting Creative Expression with Movement, Music and Sounds (Requisite)

Students will identify the therapeutic value of movement/dance/music and reflect on the experiential learning.

Research skills (Mandatory)

This module explores the academic skills required to conduct research and the importance of research in evidence-based practice.

The Arts and Wellbeing Projects (leading a project in the workplace) (WBL) (Requisite)

Students will be supported in the workplace to create project and to justify the project.

Reflection on Personal and Professional Development (Mandatory)

This module allows the student to reflect on their personal and professional development, to critically evaluate the course and identify their career plans for progression.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Foundation Degree, you will be able to seek employment in a range of settings and should also be well-equipped with the skills required to be self-employed.

Roles you could pursue include: Arts Therapies Assistant, Community Arts Practitioner, Youth Support Worker and Activities Assistant.

You can also progress on to the BA (Hons) Applied Care Practice or BA (Hons) Arts Practice top-up awards and from there, to a range of postgraduate opportunities in Art Therapy, Social Care, Education, Youth Work, Creative Arts and Business, Childhood Studies, Play Work, Mental Health Nursing for example.

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a 
  • UK full-time International tuition fee:  £12,996 p.a 

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Facilities and Resources

The campus has two large studio spaces for art and performance, media and music as well as modern classrooms so you will be able to access all the equipment and space needed to complete the degree.

The staff also have links with community organisations and intend for some delivery beyond the work placements to be in these spaces too – e.g the Circus, Theatre and Youth and Community buildings.