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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Therapy Health Care Management / Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our interdisciplinary team includes performers, practitioners, industry professionals, researchers, scientists, and medical professionals, all with interests in aspects of arts to enhance health, wellbeing, and/or performance.


The Master in Arts, Health and Performance offers a stimulating programme with a unique blend of academic study and practice.

We know that lives are busy, so we designed the course to be taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Our programme will equip you with highly employable skills and advanced knowledge base to critically understand and navigate related fields both as an individual and in your professional role(s).

Why study Arts, Health and Performance?

This multi-disciplinary Masters course examines the potential of arts, performance science and artistic practice to enhance health, wellbeing, education/training and performance. Theories, research and practice within disciplines of psychology, philosophy, sociology, physiology and pedagogy will be related to elite and participatory/inclusive arts contexts. There is engagement with research and practice throughout the programme and there is an opportunity to develop an independent research project that can take different forms such as practice/performance-based or lab-based.

The course is taught by a team of experienced academics and practitioners that have had professional careers in a related sector and/or are internationally recognised researchers in the field. A group of non-academic partners and advisors also contribute to the delivery of the programme, in the forms of visiting talks, debates and discussions, contributing to assignment briefs, and offering networking opportunities.

Our course is unique in that it is delivered alongside multiple degree routes in the broader Creative and Cultural Industries subject areas, which enables you to have a multi and interdisciplinary learning experience and meet and collaborate with a range of creative professionals.

How you’ll be assessed

Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, practice, reports, essays and presentations.

Your future career

Graduates of this course will be able to pursue careers in a variety of arts roles, including in strategic development, project management in related fields, managerial positions in participatory arts and health/arts and education/arts and performance and in for profit or non-profit organisations. Graduates would have knowledge and understanding to enhance health, wellbeing and longevity in performance that would be an asset to arts companies and performers.


This module will explore the key concepts of creativity, culture and community, and how they help us understand the creative and cultural industries as a multi and interdisciplinary subject area. The main intellectual paradigms and research traditions will be examined through discussing current debates. The module will also provide an overview of the main research traditions and methodologies in the subject area and develop your understanding of elements of research design and research methods. 

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.

University information

First established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has built an excellent reputation over the past 60 years for its quality training and education programmes. It is one of just a handful of universities within the UK to be located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with campuses in Canterbury, Medway and in Tunbridge Wells. Students who opt to attend CCCU will note the rich heritage of not just the institution but the...more