Push your art practice and creativity beyond existing boundaries, towards ethical, practical, and inclusive approaches addressing global health and wellbeing challenges, and make a positive contribution to society, healthcare, and planet through ethical and systemic creative interventions.
“I worked in mental health contexts with people who have experienced mental health issues, to use therapeutic photography to convey and communicate their experiences, and those images were used to assess the value of that experience for each participant.”Julia Johnson
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, BA (Hons) PhotographyMeet Julia
In a world that needs people to stay well, recover faster, manage long-term conditions, and experience a better quality of life, art professionals have never played such a central role - tackling physical, mental and social wellbeing as well as considering all forms of human productivity, strengthening local relationships, and building strong communities through art-based interventions and creative approaches that are connected, shared, and intelligent.
Study MA Art, Health, and Wellbeing at ARU, and develop the theoretical, practical, and leadership skills, understanding and knowledge that are critical to creating dynamic and inclusive forms of participatory research and practice, community engagement and resilience building, and creative urban culture.
You’ll gain a broad understanding of ethical and future health from the perspective of art and will tackle mental, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing issues in a global context by rethinking existing places, environments, and communities including reducing individual loneliness and isolation, increasing prosocial behaviours, reducing aggression and discrimination, and improving social consciousness.
ARU has been ranked in the top 20% of universities in the world for Good Health and Wellbeing in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
You’ll work closely with students from across the Cambridge School of Art, including the postgraduate students from Human-Centred Design and Interior Design Innovation on an industry-led collaborative project and deliver public-facing events.
As an Art, Health, and Wellbeing student in Cambridge, you’ll be able to work in a start-up environment and a relaxed culture in which creativity and creative problem solving are valued and build strong relationships and freely exchange thoughts and ideas.
Most importantly, you’ll receive support and guidance from our experienced staff who, as well as running their own studio practice, have worked with companies such as the NHS, Prepared International, Nebama Mind, World Health Organization, and World Humanitarian Forum.
The creative freedom offered by the course results in a variety of degree outputs based on art futuring, ideas and methods for creativity as an expanded ethical and professional practice, from social prescribing and increasing human connectivity, to overcoming fear, pain, anxiety, depression and stress.
Talks from visiting lecturers and live briefs from industry are built into our course. They focus on areas including participatory research and practice, digital health, social design and sustainability, interactive storytelling and digital technologies, care systems and future health.
We'll encourage you to build your profile by entering national and international competitions, as well as taking part in our own competitions such as the Sustainability Art Prize, the Arts and Wellbeing Award, and the British Council Venice Biennale Fellowship award.
You'll have the chance to develop a business plan and pitch for start-up funding through our annual competition, The Big Pitch, and you can get involved in our Art & Care series of research talks and other and creative events.
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Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Alternatively, take a guided tour and meet our students.
Deputy Head, Cambridge School of Art; Associate Professor, Art & Design
Our MA Art, Health, and Wellbeing will help you achieve a career within the public, private, and third sector in roles such as:
All of our modules integrate professional practice, and you’ll be introduced to different aspects of the creative industry by the teaching team and external guests. This will help you develop an appreciation and awareness of the changing role of creatives and artists, and the increasing responsibilities within potential career paths. Your awareness of current practices and responsibilities will develop at an early stage of your studies, particularly in the Care Ethics and Care Practices modules.
You’ll also use the Personal Development Planning (PDP) tool to record, map and review your employability skills and experience across the course, and engage with employability and career development supported by academic and technical staff as well as the ARU Employability Service and ARU Enterprise and Innovation. These in-house centres provide:
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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