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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

W191 Art, W590 Dance, W490 Drama, W391 Music

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Learn how to use the arts in a positive and therapeutic way on this innovative course.

Rachel Hoare, BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies, tells us about her experience on the course and her final work at The Big Show 2015

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

Select your pathway to success

This is the only course of its kind in the UK to offer four distinct pathways in art, dance, drama and music. It gives you the chance to develop your skills and express yourself in the art form of your choice through specialist studio sessions, performances and exhibition work.

At the same time, you’ll learn about the huge potential of the arts to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. We explore how creativity can be applied therapeutically in community, voluntary, health, education and corporate settings. We also look at different therapeutic principles and the meanings of health and illness in the context of historical and cultural values.

Real world learning in action

We offer exciting opportunities for you to put your skills into practice – and make more informed decisions about your future career path – through work placements and community projects.

In stage three of the course, you’ll undertake a ten-week placement. Thanks to our thriving partnerships, you could gain experience with arts groups, hospitals, hospices, schools, charities or organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Some students broaden their experience by focussing on a different art form on placement – so dancers might work in art organisations and vice versa.

Many of our students take part in collaborative projects in the wider community. They have, for instance, devised and led drama sessions for prison inmates; run creative arts workshops for people with brain injuries; and toured schools with programmes aimed at tackling bullying and peer pressure.

Gain ‘career-ready’ skills

You’ll undertake a substantial amount of group work where you can reflect on your own personal development, awareness and communication skills. You’ll also gain experience of leadership, coaching and group processes which will be invaluable in your future career.

There are opportunities for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This will prepare you to work in a multi-professional team after graduation and ensure the best possible outcomes for your clients and service users.

Following your undergraduate degree, if you want to take your passion for the arts further, you will be able to apply for one of our specialist post graduate courses. Our Art Therapy, Dramatherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Music Therapy courses allow you to deepen your knowledge and become a specialist in your field.

An inspiring study experience

You will hone your skills in our superb facilities, including dedicated art, dance, drama and music studios for therapeutic arts on the top floor of our Britannia Mill site. Our dance students can also extend their repertoire at Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the region.

We offer guest lectures by leading professionals in the field and you’ll also take part in environmental sculpture workshops, visiting Big Wood on the outskirts of Derby to help you think beyond the studio space.

Pursue your personal interests

Your course will culminate in an independent study which allows you to explore themes of your own choosing and gives you a platform to showcase your talent to potential employers.

It could take the form of a dissertation or a research project with a literature review. Alternatively you could deliver a body of work featuring a drama, dance or music performance or an art exhibition, together with supportive written work.

Our students cover a vast array of subjects for this project. Recent examples have explored whether graffiti is vandalism or art, how parents affect a child’s creativity, and whether hang-sound sculptures can be used as a therapeutic tool.

What you will study

Year 1 (Art)Year 1 (Art)Year 2 (Art)Year 2 (Art)Stage 3 (Art)Stage 3 (Art)Year 1 (Dance)Year 1 (Dance)Year 2 (Dance)Year 2 (Dance)Year 3 (Dance)Year 3 (Dance)Year 1 (Drama)Year 1 (Drama)Year 2 (Drama)Year 2 (Drama)Year 3 (Drama)Year 3 (Drama)Year 1 (Music)Year 1 (Music)Year 2 (Music)Year 2 (Music)Year 3 (Music)Year 3 (Music)

Code: 4TA501

Effective Interaction

Interaction skills may be seen to be one of the cornerstones of professional practice. This module aims to initiate the student in this area of professional education through the consideration of interaction skills that enable the client to feel heard and validated, yet if need be allowing the practitioner to obtain information needed for professional practice. As well as developing new skills of professional communication the student will consider ways of reflecting on interactions and encouraging others to reflect also.

The student will examine in detail a specific model on interaction and reflection. S/he will consider the notion of the working alliance and will explore and reflect on the nature and importance of effective communication within this relationship. The student will be encouraged to integrate theoretical concepts and experiential work and consider its application when working with people working in a therapeutic and non-therapeutic environment.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA502

Expression and the Arts

Through becoming a member of a closed group aimed at facilitating learning using a variety of art forms, the student will gain an understanding of the creative processes underlying the use of these art forms in self-expression.

The student, through the use of the arts, will be encouraged to explore their values, attitudes and behaviour, and reflecting on their experience of the group creative process. As part of the closed group, the student will also be encouraged to show awareness of their personal rights and responsibilities with respect to the equality of others also engaged in this process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA504

Human Development and Creativity

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how humans develop. The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate will be explored; along with consideration of psychological; sociological and biological theories of development with a focus on the development of creativity.

This module introduces learners to key theories applicable to practice in working with people. It aims to promote awareness, whilst developing understanding and insight, with which to evaluate differing experiences of the developmental process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA506

Visual Art

This module will introduce the student to the visual arts in a fine art environment, involving appropriate studio practice. The opportunity to realise ideas will be available using a variety of media. Basic skills will be acquired and aesthetics considered. The module will introduce the student to painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.
20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 4TA507

Working Creatively with People

This module focuses on the arts as a process in that they offer a vehicle for expression, creativity and personal development.

In the first semester, the student will have participated in creative arts Masterclasses and in this module, students will organise and facilitate creative workshops for their peer students, so developing abilities in decision making, independent learning, team-working and leadership. This will be in the context of safe and ethical practice and professional development.

As part of becoming a reflective practitioner, students will review their learning and development through formative reflective journals, supervision, peer evaluation of the workshops and personal reviews.

The assessment for the module will be an essay in which students reflect upon their development as a creative workshop facilitator.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA501

Experience of Illness

In this module, the student is provided with the opportunity to encounter the personal stories of people who have experienced significant stressful events in their life that have required some form of medical, therapeutic or social intervention. The subjective nature of the experience will be investigated with reference to notions of imagination, body, place and the ways in which these can form legitimate forms of knowledge and research; exploration of such knowledge will complement the consideration of positivist constructions of knowledge such as those to be found within the discipline of biomedicine.

The module will consider how terms like health, illness, stress, disease, disability and suffering are problematic and are shaped by the interdependent nature of private, personal and public forces that do not always fit neatly into predefined categories.

In a similar way, the political and historical forces upon experiences of inclusion and exclusion will be explored. As well as physical and psychological ailments the module also has space to consider non-medical experiences such as homelessness and unemployment.

To help negotiate these ideas the module will draw upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, which focuses upon health and functioning rather than symptoms and disabilities, and considers the impact of environmental and personal believes upon individual experiences.

Through encounters with individual stories the module aims to equip students with the empathic and critical faculties necessary to work with difference and diversity in a helping, supportive or healing capacity; this builds upon the first year modules Effective Interaction and Working Creatively with People 1 and helps to prepare students to creatively work with people in a helping or healing capacity such as they are asked to do in the second year module Working Creatively with People 2.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA503

Interpersonal Development

Building upon the key components of the arts as an aid to expression, and the value of reflective practice, this module involves the student becoming a member of a small process-oriented training group, facilitated by a member of the teaching team.

The module proposes that the understanding of the common forces and behaviours that can arise within groups is an important skill that can be transferred to a variety of situations that involves collaborative and team-based work. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication, the role of the individual in relation to the group, the nature of group dynamics, and the role of the arts as an aid to communication and problem solving within the group.

Whilst the training group operates within an educational context such training groups frequently move from the ‘outer’ level (the ventilation of feelings within a supportive relationship) to the ‘intermediate’ level (the clarification of feelings and their nature and origins within a deepening relationship). The group is a ‘training’ group rather than a ‘therapy’ group, but it does offer the possibility for therapeutic benefits to emerge.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA507

Working Creatively with People 2

This module builds upon Working Creatively with People I. Having facilitated creative workshops for their peers at stage 1, students now gain an understanding of the potential application of the arts in promoting self-expression, well being and group development in other contexts.

In the module, students develop their understanding of the creative expressive model and its relationship with Arts & Health and Arts Therapies. Key principles of creative expressive theory and practice taught include the nature of the facilitative relationship; levels of working and factors that affect trust and ‘safe space’; and the assessment of needs. A range of art forms and their application will be considered.

The students design, implement and evaluate creative workshops for a group of students with special educational needs. By reflecting on their experience, as both a group member and facilitator it is hoped that they will gain an understanding of the need for the assessment of individual and group processes in order to maintain and enhance group development. An environmental sculpture day will be part of the students learning experience.

Students are assessed on the design, implementation and evaluation of their workshops including consideration of their role as facilitator and their own and group process. Group supervision encourages reflection on the socio-cultural, environmental and individual factors which may affect participants’ engagement in the group.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA512

Concept of Self

The student will continue to work on his/her technical skills and abilities gained in visual art and will develop further research around the concept of self in relation to art from year one. He/she will develop insights into his/her creative processes by producing sketchbooks/journal documenting ideas and progression from visual art (foundation) towards a body of artwork. A concept of self will be explored through other artist’s work.

Students will explore the thought that a sense of self goes into the creation of every piece of artwork, therefore, every piece of art can be considered as a ‘portrait of self’ this is what will be contemplated and will underpin the student’s research in relation to art. Self-directed work will provide the student with the opportunity to explore various media to realise the intent of ideas put forward.

The student will demonstrate a developing familiarity with the properties of various media and processes and will develop skills in selecting the most appropriate for the task in hand. The student will explore a variety of approaches to the subject and become aware of their own process in formulating ideas to meet the module title.

The student will reflect upon the aesthetic strengths and weaknesses evident in their work, and he/she will analyse his/her creative process in relation to the expressed intent. Reflection around other modules and ideas from Interpersonal Development and Working Creatively with People 2 will allow further links to be made.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA502

Statement as Image

The student will consolidate and build upon the practical and critical skills gained at stages 1 and 2. He/she will produce Art Work for Exhibition as a year group. The work will make a statement of the student's experience of, and integrated learning on the degree programme as a whole.
40 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 6TA504

Working Creatively on Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education/special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor-led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills. The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA997

Independent Scholarship

In the Independent Scholarship module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates level 6 academic abilities. Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytic and evaluative nature.

A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. The student will select a product of their scholarship that is best suited to the nature of her/his enquiry from a set of options.

More information
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA501

Effective Interaction

Interaction skills may be seen to be one of the cornerstones of professional practice. This module aims to initiate the student in this area of professional education through the consideration of interaction skills that enable the client to feel heard and validated, yet if need be allowing the practitioner to obtain information needed for professional practice. As well as developing new skills of professional communication the student will consider ways of reflecting on interactions and encouraging others to reflect also.

The student will examine in detail a specific model on interaction and reflection. S/he will consider the notion of the working alliance and will explore and reflect on the nature and importance of effective communication within this relationship. The student will be encouraged to integrate theoretical concepts and experiential work and consider its application when working with people working in a therapeutic and non-therapeutic environment.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA502

Expression and the Arts

Through becoming a member of a closed group aimed at facilitating learning using a variety of art forms, the student will gain an understanding of the creative processes underlying the use of these art forms in self-expression.

The student, through the use of the arts, will be encouraged to explore their values, attitudes and behaviour, and reflecting on their experience of the group creative process. As part of the closed group, the student will also be encouraged to show awareness of their personal rights and responsibilities with respect to the equality of others also engaged in this process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA504

Human Development and Creativity

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how humans develop. The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate will be explored; along with consideration of psychological; sociological and biological theories of development with a focus on the development of creativity.

This module introduces learners to key theories applicable to practice in working with people. It aims to promote awareness, whilst developing understanding and insight, with which to evaluate differing experiences of the developmental process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA507

Working Creatively with People

This module focuses on the arts as a process in that they offer a vehicle for expression, creativity and personal development.

In the first semester, the student will have participated in creative arts Masterclasses and in this module, students will organise and facilitate creative workshops for their peer students, so developing abilities in decision making, independent learning, team-working and leadership. This will be in the context of safe and ethical practice and professional development.

As part of becoming a reflective practitioner, students will review their learning and development through formative reflective journals, supervision, peer evaluation of the workshops and personal reviews.

The assessment for the module will be an essay in which students reflect upon their development as a creative workshop facilitator.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA501

Experience of Illness

In this module, the student is provided with the opportunity to encounter the personal stories of people who have experienced significant stressful events in their life that have required some form of medical, therapeutic or social intervention. The subjective nature of the experience will be investigated with reference to notions of imagination, body, place and the ways in which these can form legitimate forms of knowledge and research; exploration of such knowledge will complement the consideration of positivist constructions of knowledge such as those to be found within the discipline of biomedicine.

The module will consider how terms like health, illness, stress, disease, disability and suffering are problematic and are shaped by the interdependent nature of private, personal and public forces that do not always fit neatly into predefined categories.

In a similar way, the political and historical forces upon experiences of inclusion and exclusion will be explored. As well as physical and psychological ailments the module also has space to consider non-medical experiences such as homelessness and unemployment.

To help negotiate these ideas the module will draw upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, which focuses upon health and functioning rather than symptoms and disabilities, and considers the impact of environmental and personal believes upon individual experiences.

Through encounters with individual stories the module aims to equip students with the empathic and critical faculties necessary to work with difference and diversity in a helping, supportive or healing capacity; this builds upon the first year modules Effective Interaction and Working Creatively with People 1 and helps to prepare students to creatively work with people in a helping or healing capacity such as they are asked to do in the second year module Working Creatively with People 2.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA503

Interpersonal Development

Building upon the key components of the arts as an aid to expression, and the value of reflective practice, this module involves the student becoming a member of a small process-oriented training group, facilitated by a member of the teaching team.

The module proposes that the understanding of the common forces and behaviours that can arise within groups is an important skill that can be transferred to a variety of situations that involves collaborative and team-based work. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication, the role of the individual in relation to the group, the nature of group dynamics, and the role of the arts as an aid to communication and problem solving within the group.

Whilst the training group operates within an educational context such training groups frequently move from the ‘outer’ level (the ventilation of feelings within a supportive relationship) to the ‘intermediate’ level (the clarification of feelings and their nature and origins within a deepening relationship). The group is a ‘training’ group rather than a ‘therapy’ group, but it does offer the possibility for therapeutic benefits to emerge.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA507

Working Creatively with People 2

This module builds upon Working Creatively with People I. Having facilitated creative workshops for their peers at stage 1, students now gain an understanding of the potential application of the arts in promoting self-expression, well being and group development in other contexts.

In the module, students develop their understanding of the creative expressive model and its relationship with Arts & Health and Arts Therapies. Key principles of creative expressive theory and practice taught include the nature of the facilitative relationship; levels of working and factors that affect trust and ‘safe space’; and the assessment of needs. A range of art forms and their application will be considered.

The students design, implement and evaluate creative workshops for a group of students with special educational needs. By reflecting on their experience, as both a group member and facilitator it is hoped that they will gain an understanding of the need for the assessment of individual and group processes in order to maintain and enhance group development. An environmental sculpture day will be part of the students learning experience.

Students are assessed on the design, implementation and evaluation of their workshops including consideration of their role as facilitator and their own and group process. Group supervision encourages reflection on the socio-cultural, environmental and individual factors which may affect participants’ engagement in the group.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA505

Performance

In the performance-based arts it is common to collaborate with other art forms. This is equally so in the use of the arts in health and education were being able to work fluently with other arts practitioners is considered an important practitioner skill.

In this module students from the dance, drama and music pathways will engage in group creativity in which the different art forms are used together to produce a short performance. The process of developing the performance will be considered at depth focusing on how the student’s experience of their art form informs their engagement with other performers. The module also aims to help the student increase her/his creative versatility in performing using more that one art form.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6TA504

Working Creatively on Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education/special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor-led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills. The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA997

Independent Scholarship

In the Independent Scholarship module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates level 6 academic abilities. Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytic and evaluative nature.

A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. The student will select a product of their scholarship that is best suited to the nature of her/his enquiry from a set of options.

More information
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA501

Effective Interaction

Interaction skills may be seen to be one of the cornerstones of professional practice. This module aims to initiate the student in this area of professional education through the consideration of interaction skills that enable the client to feel heard and validated, yet if need be allowing the practitioner to obtain information needed for professional practice. As well as developing new skills of professional communication the student will consider ways of reflecting on interactions and encouraging others to reflect also.

The student will examine in detail a specific model on interaction and reflection. S/he will consider the notion of the working alliance and will explore and reflect on the nature and importance of effective communication within this relationship. The student will be encouraged to integrate theoretical concepts and experiential work and consider its application when working with people working in a therapeutic and non-therapeutic environment.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA502

Expression and the Arts

Through becoming a member of a closed group aimed at facilitating learning using a variety of art forms, the student will gain an understanding of the creative processes underlying the use of these art forms in self-expression.

The student, through the use of the arts, will be encouraged to explore their values, attitudes and behaviour, and reflecting on their experience of the group creative process. As part of the closed group, the student will also be encouraged to show awareness of their personal rights and responsibilities with respect to the equality of others also engaged in this process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA504

Human Development and Creativity

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how humans develop. The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate will be explored; along with consideration of psychological; sociological and biological theories of development with a focus on the development of creativity.

This module introduces learners to key theories applicable to practice in working with people. It aims to promote awareness, whilst developing understanding and insight, with which to evaluate differing experiences of the developmental process.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA507

Working Creatively with People

This module focuses on the arts as a process in that they offer a vehicle for expression, creativity and personal development.

In the first semester, the student will have participated in creative arts Masterclasses and in this module, students will organise and facilitate creative workshops for their peer students, so developing abilities in decision making, independent learning, team-working and leadership. This will be in the context of safe and ethical practice and professional development.

As part of becoming a reflective practitioner, students will review their learning and development through formative reflective journals, supervision, peer evaluation of the workshops and personal reviews.

The assessment for the module will be an essay in which students reflect upon their development as a creative workshop facilitator.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA512

Stories and Characters

The focus of this module is the development of role and character in dramatic narratives. Characterisation, and insight into how to develop a role, is fundamental to facilitating drama, devising and directing. The experience of using these techniques and processes underpins the application of theatre techniques in working with people and using drama to enhance wellbeing.

In this module the student will engage in practical workshops aimed at promoting their understanding of role-playing and role repertoire. They will apply these skills by creating a devised performance inspired by folk tales and stories. Students will reflect on their experience and begin to apply theory to their learning and development.

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20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 5TA501

Experience of Illness

In this module, the student is provided with the opportunity to encounter the personal stories of people who have experienced significant stressful events in their life that have required some form of medical, therapeutic or social intervention. The subjective nature of the experience will be investigated with reference to notions of imagination, body, place and the ways in which these can form legitimate forms of knowledge and research; exploration of such knowledge will complement the consideration of positivist constructions of knowledge such as those to be found within the discipline of biomedicine.

The module will consider how terms like health, illness, stress, disease, disability and suffering are problematic and are shaped by the interdependent nature of private, personal and public forces that do not always fit neatly into predefined categories.

In a similar way, the political and historical forces upon experiences of inclusion and exclusion will be explored. As well as physical and psychological ailments the module also has space to consider non-medical experiences such as homelessness and unemployment.

To help negotiate these ideas the module will draw upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, which focuses upon health and functioning rather than symptoms and disabilities, and considers the impact of environmental and personal believes upon individual experiences.

Through encounters with individual stories the module aims to equip students with the empathic and critical faculties necessary to work with difference and diversity in a helping, supportive or healing capacity; this builds upon the first year modules Effective Interaction and Working Creatively with People 1 and helps to prepare students to creatively work with people in a helping or healing capacity such as they are asked to do in the second year module Working Creatively with People 2.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA503

Interpersonal Development

Building upon the key components of the arts as an aid to expression, and the value of reflective practice, this module involves the student becoming a member of a small process-oriented training group, facilitated by a member of the teaching team.

The module proposes that the understanding of the common forces and behaviours that can arise within groups is an important skill that can be transferred to a variety of situations that involves collaborative and team-based work. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication, the role of the individual in relation to the group, the nature of group dynamics, and the role of the arts as an aid to communication and problem solving within the group.

Whilst the training group operates within an educational context such training groups frequently move from the ‘outer’ level (the ventilation of feelings within a supportive relationship) to the ‘intermediate’ level (the clarification of feelings and their nature and origins within a deepening relationship). The group is a ‘training’ group rather than a ‘therapy’ group, but it does offer the possibility for therapeutic benefits to emerge.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA505

Performance

In the performance-based arts it is common to collaborate with other art forms. This is equally so in the use of the arts in health and education were being able to work fluently with other arts practitioners is considered an important practitioner skill.

In this module students from the dance, drama and music pathways will engage in group creativity in which the different art forms are used together to produce a short performance. The process of developing the performance will be considered at depth focusing on how the student’s experience of their art form informs their engagement with other performers. The module also aims to help the student increase her/his creative versatility in performing using more that one art form.

More information
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5TA507

Working Creatively with People 2

This module builds upon Working Creatively with People I. Having facilitated creative workshops for their peers at stage 1, students now gain an understanding of the potential application of the arts in promoting self-expression, well being and group development in other contexts.

In the module, students develop their understanding of the creative expressive model and its relationship with Arts & Health and Arts Therapies. Key principles of creative expressive theory and practice taught include the nature of the facilitative relationship; levels of working and factors that affect trust and ‘safe space’; and the assessment of needs. A range of art forms and their application will be considered.

The students design, implement and evaluate creative workshops for a group of students with special educational needs. By reflecting on their experience, as both a group member and facilitator it is hoped that they will gain an understanding of the need for the assessment of individual and group processes in order to maintain and enhance group development. An environmental sculpture day will be part of the students learning experience.

Students are assessed on the design, implementation and evaluation of their workshops including consideration of their role as facilitator and their own and group process. Group supervision encourages reflection on the socio-cultural, environmental and individual factors which may affect participants’ engagement in the group.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA511

Stories and Characters

The focus of this module is the development of role and character in dramatic narratives. Characterisation and insight into how to develop a role are fundamental to acting, devising and directing. The experience of using these techniques and processes underpins the application of drama in practitioner setting.

In this module, the student will engage in workshops aimed at promoting the development of characterisation and will apply these in the performance of established folk tales and stories.

More information
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6TA504

Working Creatively on Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education/special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor-led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills. The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA505

Applied Drama 4

This module continues the application of drama in wider settings by considering how the drama might be used to explore individual, group and community issues. The module aims to help the student expand and develop her/his experience of using drama for addressing educational concerns in applying drama to different arenas.

The module will be based around the application of Playback Theatre, an improvisatory form used to enact the stories of members of the group or audience. Within the module, students will encounter specific techniques and critically consider their use in a variety of contexts.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA507

The Dramatic Body

The emphasis on this module is developing the student’s abilities to use the techniques of non-verbal theatre. The student will encounter techniques and approaches to performance that do not use the spoken word, including physical theatre and mask work. The student’s ability to apply drama will be extended to using drama with those for whom the spoken word is not the primary mode of communication.

This will draw together and extend the student’s learning from the drama modules of the previous stages through the focus of characterisation and dramatic story telling in physical performance. The module will also prepare the student for working in theatre forms that emphasise physicality over speech, including playback theatre.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 6TA997

Independent Scholarship

In the Independent Scholarship module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates level 6 academic abilities. Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytic and evaluative nature.

A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. The student will select a product of their scholarship that is best suited to the nature of her/his enquiry from a set of options.

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40 Credits
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Coursework

Code: 4TA501

Effective Interaction

Interaction skills may be seen to be one of the cornerstones of professional practice. This module aims to initiate the student in this area of professional education through the consideration of interaction skills that enable the client to feel heard and validated, yet if need be allowing the practitioner to obtain information needed for professional practice. As well as developing new skills of professional communication the student will consider ways of reflecting on interactions and encouraging others to reflect also.

The student will examine in detail a specific model on interaction and reflection. S/he will consider the notion of the working alliance and will explore and reflect on the nature and importance of effective communication within this relationship. The student will be encouraged to integrate theoretical concepts and experiential work and consider its application when working with people working in a therapeutic and non-therapeutic environment.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4TA502

Expression and the Arts

Through becoming a member of a closed group aimed at facilitating learning using a variety of art forms, the student will gain an understanding of the creative processes underlying the use of these art forms in self-expression.

The student, through the use of the arts, will be encouraged to explore their values, attitudes and behaviour, and reflecting on their experience of the group creative process. As part of the closed group, the student will also be encouraged to show awareness of their personal rights and responsibilities with respect to the equality of others also engaged in this process.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4TA504

Human Development and Creativity

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how humans develop. The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate will be explored; along with consideration of psychological; sociological and biological theories of development with a focus on the development of creativity.

This module introduces learners to key theories applicable to practice in working with people. It aims to promote awareness, whilst developing understanding and insight, with which to evaluate differing experiences of the developmental process.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4TA505

Music and Musicianship

This module offers a foundation for students on the Music pathway, in music and musicianship skills. The module acknowledges the vast cultural diversity in contemporary approaches to music-making and whilst performance and musical dexterity have their place, seeks to embrace students from a variety of musical backgrounds.

This module will give students the opportunity to develop and explore improvisational techniques in the context of arrangement and focused structured improvisation. Using both group and individual improvisations the processes underlying musical communication will be experienced, reflected upon and ultimately assessed through the performance of both group and individual semi-structured improvisations.

The module will also help students to build practical skills on their chosen instrument/s- formally and creatively- using pre-composed and improvised music. As students will be from a variety of musical traditions, instrument and musical content of study will be dependent on the musical outline adopted. Practical and musicianship skills will be assessed through the performance of pre-composed music from a composer of the student’s choice.

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20 Credits
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Practical

Code: 4TA507

Working Creatively with People

This module focuses on the arts as a process in that they offer a vehicle for expression, creativity and personal development.

In the first semester, the student will have participated in creative arts Masterclasses and in this module, students will organise and facilitate creative workshops for their peer students, so developing abilities in decision making, independent learning, team-working and leadership. This will be in the context of safe and ethical practice and professional development.

As part of becoming a reflective practitioner, students will review their learning and development through formative reflective journals, supervision, peer evaluation of the workshops and personal reviews.

The assessment for the module will be an essay in which students reflect upon their development as a creative workshop facilitator.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA501

Experience of Illness

In this module, the student is provided with the opportunity to encounter the personal stories of people who have experienced significant stressful events in their life that have required some form of medical, therapeutic or social intervention. The subjective nature of the experience will be investigated with reference to notions of imagination, body, place and the ways in which these can form legitimate forms of knowledge and research; exploration of such knowledge will complement the consideration of positivist constructions of knowledge such as those to be found within the discipline of biomedicine.

The module will consider how terms like health, illness, stress, disease, disability and suffering are problematic and are shaped by the interdependent nature of private, personal and public forces that do not always fit neatly into predefined categories.

In a similar way, the political and historical forces upon experiences of inclusion and exclusion will be explored. As well as physical and psychological ailments the module also has space to consider non-medical experiences such as homelessness and unemployment.

To help negotiate these ideas the module will draw upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, which focuses upon health and functioning rather than symptoms and disabilities, and considers the impact of environmental and personal believes upon individual experiences.

Through encounters with individual stories the module aims to equip students with the empathic and critical faculties necessary to work with difference and diversity in a helping, supportive or healing capacity; this builds upon the first year modules Effective Interaction and Working Creatively with People 1 and helps to prepare students to creatively work with people in a helping or healing capacity such as they are asked to do in the second year module Working Creatively with People 2.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA503

Interpersonal Development

Building upon the key components of the arts as an aid to expression, and the value of reflective practice, this module involves the student becoming a member of a small process-oriented training group, facilitated by a member of the teaching team.

The module proposes that the understanding of the common forces and behaviours that can arise within groups is an important skill that can be transferred to a variety of situations that involves collaborative and team-based work. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication, the role of the individual in relation to the group, the nature of group dynamics, and the role of the arts as an aid to communication and problem solving within the group.

Whilst the training group operates within an educational context such training groups frequently move from the ‘outer’ level (the ventilation of feelings within a supportive relationship) to the ‘intermediate’ level (the clarification of feelings and their nature and origins within a deepening relationship). The group is a ‘training’ group rather than a ‘therapy’ group, but it does offer the possibility for therapeutic benefits to emerge.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5TA504

Music and Musicianship 2

This module focuses on developing students’ music and musicianship skills. Building on work carried out at level four in this subject, students will be encouraged to continue working with culturally diverse and contemporary approaches to music-making and further develop their critical awareness of music from different musical styles and genres. Although composition, performance and musical dexterity remain of key importance there is also an increased emphasis on their potential application and context.

Students will develop skills in original composition, assessment of which will comprise of two personal compositions reflecting individual musical development across the year. Compositions may be created and submitted within a standard western notation or developed through a medium more appropriate to the genre of music eg. A digital recording medium.

Students will also strengthen their understanding of the role of different improvisation elements in composition and performance by building on their experience of structured improvisation concerning harmony, melody, style and instrumentation. Improvisation skills will be assessed through a solo structured improvisation and a semi-structured group.

Performance skills are always central to this module and will be assessed through a performance of a short recital of pre-composed music by composers of the students’ choice. Both performance and composition skills will be further assessed through a 1500 word reflection highlighting the student’s musical development within an applied context.

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20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 5TA505

Performance

In the performance-based arts it is common to collaborate with other art forms. This is equally so in the use of the arts in health and education were being able to work fluently with other arts practitioners is considered an important practitioner skill.

In this module students from the dance, drama and music pathways will engage in group creativity in which the different art forms are used together to produce a short performance. The process of developing the performance will be considered at depth focusing on how the student’s experience of their art form informs their engagement with other performers. The module also aims to help the student increase her/his creative versatility in performing using more that one art form.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5TA507

Working Creatively with People 2

This module builds upon Working Creatively with People I. Having facilitated creative workshops for their peers at stage 1, students now gain an understanding of the potential application of the arts in promoting self-expression, well being and group development in other contexts.

In the module, students develop their understanding of the creative expressive model and its relationship with Arts & Health and Arts Therapies. Key principles of creative expressive theory and practice taught include the nature of the facilitative relationship; levels of working and factors that affect trust and ‘safe space’; and the assessment of needs. A range of art forms and their application will be considered.

The students design, implement and evaluate creative workshops for a group of students with special educational needs. By reflecting on their experience, as both a group member and facilitator it is hoped that they will gain an understanding of the need for the assessment of individual and group processes in order to maintain and enhance group development. An environmental sculpture day will be part of the students learning experience.

Students are assessed on the design, implementation and evaluation of their workshops including consideration of their role as facilitator and their own and group process. Group supervision encourages reflection on the socio-cultural, environmental and individual factors which may affect participants’ engagement in the group.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA501

Music and Musicianship 3

This module focuses on further developing students’ music and musicianship skills. Building on work carried out in previous levels of study, individuals will explore techniques and processes linked to the composition of their work and the presentation and performance of a portfolio of work in front of an audience.

Students will attend workshops, discussions, masterclasses and performances that teach them how to contribute to a programme of performed music and which reflect, not only their musical abilities but also the versatility and potential of music and performance as communication.

This module also offers the opportunity to develop improvisation, communication and workshop facilitation skills as, with tutor guidance, each student directs rehearsals of their compositions with peers from the Music Pathway.

The module will be assessed through the completion of a portfolio of compositions and the final performance of the portfolio. Students’ compositions will be expected to demonstrate a repertoire covering a wide range of musical styles and genres and contain a short written commentary on each composition within the portfolio. The written commentaries should describe each composition’s technical and stylistic creation. Portfolios should also contain examples of workings undertaken and reflections on the development of personal stylistic and technical features throughout the composition process.

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40 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 6TA504

Working Creatively on Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education/special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor-led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills. The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6TA997

Independent Scholarship

In the Independent Scholarship module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates level 6 academic abilities. Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytic and evaluative nature.

A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. The student will select a product of their scholarship that is best suited to the nature of her/his enquiry from a set of options.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The course balances classroom-based theory 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. Placements are a key part of your learning experience too.

Throughout the course, you have access to guidance and advice from a personal tutor and will also benefit from academic skills sessions.

How you are assessed

You’ll be assessed in many ways to help you develop a compelling variety of skills. These include essays, exhibitions, performances, reflective journals and diaries, videos and production projects.

Who you will meet

You'll learn from highly experienced teachers who are committed to your success. All specialists in their field, they include active researchers, authors and industry practitioners with outstanding professional networks. We pride ourselves on offering a supportive and engaging learning environment.

The team includes:

Dr James Williams

James is the Programme Leader for this programme, and Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music) teaching composition, improvisation and performance. James studied music at the University of Bristol and at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the University of Wolverhampton to read for a PhD funded by a Dean's doctoral scholarship award. His research interests focus on an anthropology of music, investigating the behavioural, social, creative and collaborative processes behind music-making. His research rests on ethnomusicological methodologies and socio-cultural modes of music analysis, exploring notational, improvisational, and electronic/electroacoustic technological practices in music. James's post-doctoral research explores digital musicology and ethnographies of online music-based social media. Themes include virals, memes, politics and online behaviour/culture.

Dr Clive Holmwood

Our Admissions Tutor is a registered dramatherapist who has worked in a broad range of clinical and non-clinical settings. Clive is an active researcher who publishes widely, most recently as co-editor of The International Handbook of Dramatherapy and as author of Drama Education and Dramatherapy: the space between disciplines based on his doctoral research.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Dr James Williams
Programme leader

James Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music) teaching composition, improvisation, and performance. James is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) CET and previously lectured in Music Composition for four years at the University of Hertfordshire where he taught music theory and perspectives on electroacoustic and electronic composition.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
Portfolio

Yes

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

You’ll develop transferable skills which enable you to work creatively with people in a range of different settings, drawing on your knowledge of art, dance, drama or music.

Our graduates have gone on to work in community arts, voluntary organisations, health, education and the corporate sector. Some have set up their own businesses.

Ongoing careers support

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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