University Certificate in Arts and Health Practice

Please note: This course is currently subject to validation. Applications will be available in due course.

The University Certificate in Arts and Health Practice is an online short course designed to equip, inform and empower you to develop core knowledge and skills relevant to the provision of successful arts in health programmes.

Delivered entirely online by The Sidney De Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University in collaboration with Aesop Arts and Society, a sector leading charity. You will hear from guest speakers from the arts and health sectors, as well health care and arts professionals currently delivering arts and health programmes.

You will be supported to use your own work-based project (either underway or in proposal) as the basis for your assessment. Completion of the course will enhance your ability to effectively design and develop an arts and health programme, including consideration of social enterprise, sustainability and evaluation

Course aims

  • The course aims to foster professionals working in a complex and changing health and arts environment to enhance your practice and to be creative, courageous, and confident to provide leadership for the provision of high-quality services.
  • It offers advanced level study of the current state of knowledge and practice in the field of arts and health.
  • Provides up-to-date resources to develop your knowledge in the arts and health field.
  • Facilitates interprofessional learning and engagement opportunities between health/social care and arts professionals.
  • Encourages productive engagement between the arts and health field of practice.

About the course

This course will run online via the Canterbury Christ Church University Virtual Learning platform. Once you have been successful in your application you will be given access to Blackboard virtual Learning site Blackboard.

Prior to attending the course, please come with a project in mind. For example, you may wish to evaluate a project that you have already implemented, or the setting up of a new project within the workplace. Please identify your proposed project on your application.

You may find it useful to identify two pieces of recent evaluation or research in arts and health practice that are directly relevant to a project you are currently working on/wish to start. Write a 500 word synopsis of the report / research and reflect on the relevance it has to your work. Please attach this to your application and have it available for the first online session on 5th October.

The course is facilitated by Sue Holmes (Course Director) and Sonia Price (Module Lead).


The assessment for the course is a 4000 word portfolio. There will be opportunities to discuss your project with the course facilitators.

Dates for 2021/22




28 September

11am-12 noon

Directed/ self-directed study. Drop- in welcome session.

5 October

9am-12 noon

Online session one.

12 October

All day

Directed/ self-directed study.

19 October 9am-12 noon Online session two.
26 October All day Directed/ self-directed study.
2 November 9am-12 noon Online session three.
9 November All day Directed/ self-directed study - one hour Group Q&A. Pre booked student one-to-one tutorial.
16 November All day Directed/ self-directed study- Pre booked student one-to-one tutorial.
23 November All day Directed/ self-directed study - one hour drop in session
30 November 9am-12 noon Online session four.


£905 per candidate.



Booking will be available soon. Please check back. 


Computer requirements

It is recommended you use a laptop or desktop computer with either the Chrome or Safari browser. If your computer/laptop doesn't have speakers then you'll also need headphones. You may also find that headphones improve the quality of the sound even if your computer/laptop does have speakers.

It's not essential but if you also have a microphone you may find this useful. Please don't worry if you don't have one as there will be a chat function for you to ask any questions you may have. 


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