Wellcome Trust - Mental Wellbeing in the Creative Arts online - Bridget Sterling

Ref: C3531500

The creative arts are renowned for having a number of high-profile artists that have suffered from poor mental health, which is often overlooked. Creative practitioners are at a significantly higher risk of poor mental health than most other professions for a number of reasons including low pay levels, inconsistent earnings and funding and poor life/work balance amongst other factors. This online course looks at how to recognise the signs of stress and anxiety, discusses creative burnout and depression whilst suggesting healthy preventative measures to protect good mental health and includes guidelines on setting up good business practice. This is a free online course accessed through the WEA’s Virtual Learning Platform, Canvas, and is delivered via Zoom. It offers a 2 hour session each week for 10 weeks. Your tutor Bridget Sterling is a fine arts professional and Director of online gallery, Axle Arts. Her courses have been delivered at Bath Spa and Kingston Universities.

Course aim

Focusing on creative arts careers, this online course looks at how to recognise the signs of stress, anxiety, burnout and depression whilst suggesting healthy preventative measures to protect good mental health.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 significant influences in your creative arts identity, which can lead to a greater understanding of self.
  • List at least 5 transferable skills, which can lead to a greater awareness of self worth.
  • List 5 considerations for a strong operational framework to support a healthy creative arts practice.
  • List at least 3 ways in which to recognise signs of stress and anxiety within a creative arts practice.
  • List at least 3 ways in which you can support good mental health.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course information sheet

Wellcome Trust - Mental Wellbeing in the Creative Arts online - Bridget Sterling

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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