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MA, PG Cert, PG Dip Art, Health and Wellbeing

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Introduction to Art, Health and Wellbeing

Push your art practice and creativity beyond existing boundaries. Use your art for wellbeing and develop ethical, practical, and inclusive approaches addressing global health and wellbeing challenges. Make a positive contribution to society, healthcare and the planet through ethical and systemic creative interventions.

Amanda Lavis and Danielle Jones with textile art tied to a hospital screen, and an information table in Cambridge Central Library

Art for Change through Engagement (ACE)

The ACE project has been shortlisted for the 2023/24 University of Cambridge VC Research Impact Awards. This was a collaboration between Cambridge School of Art and Cambridge University's Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science - Metabolic Research Laboratories (IMS-MRL).

Find out more about the ACE project

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

As an Art Professional, you will develop the leadership skills, understanding and knowledge critical to creating dynamic and inclusive forms of participatory research and practice, community engagement, resilience building, and creative urban culture.

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 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. You will be rethinking existing places, environments, and communities including to reduce individual loneliness and isolation, aggression and discrimination, increasing prosocial behaviours, and improving social consciousness.

You will be developing as an art professional, while building your profile and having the freedom to use your art for different purposes, such as mental health or community support.

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Facilities and showcase

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Industry-standard equipment

All our students have access to:

  • the full Adobe Creative suite
  • Apple iMacs
  • wide-format printers and scanners
  • vintage printmaking presses
  • letterpress machine
  • a 3D workshop
  • photography equipment, including digital cameras and lighting kits.

Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.

Students around a table discussing a model of a moose

Futures Lab and workshop equipment

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:

  • 3D printers and scanners - FDM printers; material-specific extruders; SLA Formlabs printers; SLS Formlabs Fuse1; structured light 3D scanners
  • 2D printing and cutting machines - laser cutters; Roland BN20 vinyl printer & cutter; Gerber substrate cutter; Mimaki TX300P sublimation printer.
Artwork by Cami Rouhonen - a person' s head seen in profile with the top of the head portrayed as a mountain peak; on the mountain a person is looking through a telescope

Take a closer look

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. You can also explore the work of our graduating students in our digital graduate showcase.

Collaborators and guest lecturers

  • Elke Krasny (Vienna Academy of Art, Austria): art, wellbeing and place
  • Merel Visse (Drew University, US)
  • Natalie Ellis (Arts at Addenbrooke's, UK)
  • Hilary Bungay (ARU)
  • Thomas Kersey (ARU)
  • Beth Elliot (Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK)


What can you do with a MA in Art, Health and Wellbeing?

This Masters will help you achieve a career within the public, private, and third sector in roles such as:

  • Health and Social Care Researcher
  • Psycho-Social Interventionist (physical/digital)
  • Culture and Community Innovator
  • UX/UI Artist/Researcher
  • Health and Wellbeing Strategist
  • Social Service Artist/Designer
  • Health and Wellbeing Experience Artist/Designer
  • Wellbeing Consultant
  • Creative Health Specialist
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Wellbeing Artist

ARU career support

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:

  • daily drop-in sessions
  • careers advice and guidance
  • workshops covering job search, making applications, and designing CVs
  • interview preparation
  • Job Fairs, employability events and presentations from employers
  • job opportunities, internships, and work placements.

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.

Apply now for MA, PG Cert, PG Dip Art, Health and Wellbeing

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Benefits of postgraduate study

Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study at ARU