Professional Course

Arts Therapies Theory and Research in Relation to Practice 2

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date



12 weeks


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

Module description

Throughout this module emphasis will be placed on arts therapy theory, its history and its development in relation to relevant disciplines.  You’ll also consider the importance of recognising marginalised groups and working with diversity through processes of enabling and empowerment.

There will be a focus on the role of research within institutional and professional development and a consideration of evidence-based practice. You’ll develop skills and a greater understanding of the different approaches towards research in the arts therapies, identifying topics of research and selecting and applying appropriate methodology and data analysis.

The module will enable you to integrate evidence-based practice with appropriate research methodologies. You’ll perform a literature search and prepare an outline research proposal. Whilst considering the structure and concerns of the area of interest you’ll consider methods of data collection and evaluation.

Consideration of how to undertake a small scale independent research project that integrates theory and methods from psychology is a core element of the course.

Who this course is for

This is course is aimed at all health and social care professionals. You’ll need an undergraduate degree in a related subject, substantial experience working in a care organisation, evidence of using art for self-expression.

Course team

All members of the academic team are research active. You’ll meet the following team members:

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:


Students undertaking this module usually do so as an integral part of their art therapy professional training at Master levels at the university of Derby MA Art Therapy and MA Dramatherapy programmes.

Fees and funding

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly.

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