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Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness

Why choose a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts, Health and Wellness?

Learn how you can make a difference in the world and the people around you using the creative expression that lives inside you. Become a skills expert in your field while developing a portfolio.

Learn to be Anti-Oppressive and Inclusive. You will tackle important issues related to indigeneity, equity, diversity and inclusion as you learn about ethics in healthcare, community activist models and the professional responsibilities of health care workers. 

Psychology prerequisites for graduate programs are built into the infrastructure of this degree, which means you will be able to build tangible connections between your art form and mental well-being through CREA courses.

Answer the Call of the World Health Organization. You will be part of showcasing how arts-based wellness practices benefit both society and individuals. These types of methods can aid in enhancing mindfulness, treating anxiety, assisting with grief, managing pain, and regulating mood.

To see all courses offered in this program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.


What is the Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness?

This is a 4-year Honours degree program and the first undergraduate program of its kind in Canada. You will explore the artistic, psychological, and therapeutic components of the creative arts and their connections to healthcare and human wellness.

You will enter this program by pursuing your artistic passion in either:

  1. Music
  2. Theatre Studies
  3. Studio Art

Then, you'll combine this knowledge with required courses in Psychology and tie your learning together in core BCAHW courses (CREA), available only to students in this program.

Why was the Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness created?

In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its report “What is the Evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing?”

By Synthesizing more than two decades’ worth of research and findings of over 3000 studies, this report unquestionably:

“Identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan” (WHO, i).

The WHO then identified this as a global need and argued that the arts “played a critical role” in managing, treating, and preventing a variety of illnesses, including:

  • “mental illness,
  • noncommunicable diseases and neurological disorders,
  • as well as assisting in acute and end-of-life care.” (WHO, 57)

Benefits of having a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts, Health and Wellness

 State-of-the-Art Facilities

You will have access to our newly renovated, $23 million Arts Research Centre (ARC) as well as our Fine Art Studios in Zavitz Hall and Alexander Hall. These spaces will be a community hub for music, performance, and creativity. 

 Learn From The Best

You’ll learn from award-winning scholars, theatre experts, musicians, and artists who have honed their craft and look forward to teaching you!

 Gain Practical Experience

From recitals, to shows, productions, and gallery exhibits, you'll put your best foot forward and gain experience that you can take with you into the real world.

 Access Community Support

With smaller class sizes, you'll build a tight-knit community of like-minded people who want to see you succeed. Your professors will know you by name and encourage you to grow.

Our Facilities

Whether you're a Music, Theatre Studies or Studio Art student, these spaces will be your home for the next four years!

The Arts Research Centre (ARC)

This state-of-the-art performing arts facility represents a $23 million renovation, located in the MacKinnon Building. 

As a Music or Theatre Studies student, many of your classes, rehearsals, productions, and performances will take place in this building.

Zavitz Hall and Alexander Hall

These two buildings represent our fine arts facilities on-campus.

As a Studio Art student, most of your classes as well as your artistic endeavours will take place in these two buildings, whether it be the drawing studio, sculpture studio, painting studio, and more. 

What can you do with a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts, Health and Wellness?

In today’s society, access to healing practices is in such demand, including the specific need to treat mental and physical health through therapy and other targeted medical interventions. As a graduate of this program, you will be filling a need in the labour market and healthcare field.

You will utilize the skills developed within one creative art program (Music, Theatre Studies, or Studio Art), paired with the application of psychological and therapeutic approaches. You will be prepared to address relevant socio-cultural, economic, and scientific (healthcare) concerns.

Careers our Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness graduates successfully pursue:

  • Counselling and Therapy
  • Healthcare and Medicine
  • Education
  • Community Outreach and Advocacy
  • Social Work

Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness graduates pursue graduate programs in:

  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Psychology,
  • Medicine, and more.
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As a recognized Practicum and Internship site supervisor for the Canadian Association of Music Therapists, I believe now more than ever that students are looking for programs that speak to their progressive world view, reflect their understanding of creative arts and health, and prepare them for a meaningful career that will change both clients and larger communities.

Mary Meads
Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Music Therapist Clinical Director at Wellington Music Therapy Services Bachelor of Arts Alumna, Music (2012)

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Last updated: January 9, 2024 13:21 EST