Dementia and the Arts: Join our online course

Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementias and the role of the arts in this free four-week online course, developed by Created Out of Mind. 


Watch the trailer here.


Creating a society that supports and includes those of us who are living with a dementia is a major challenge - and opportunity. In this course you will discover how the arts can create a common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Each of the four weeks will showcase current best practice, explain the limits of our current understanding, and set ambitious goals for enhancing the lives of anyone affected by one of these conditions.


What topics will you cover?

  • Changing Perceptions: Can the arts help us see the dementias differently, and can the dementias help us see the arts differently?

  • Our Lives as Moments: What does it mean to be in the moment, and how can it be understood, experienced and measured?

  • Creating Common Ground: The arts, equality and dementia

  • Language & Communication: How can we change the conversation?


When would you like to start?

The next course start date is 21st January 2018.


Who is the course for?

Drawing on the work of the Created Out of Mind project during its residency at the Wellcome Collection, this course will enrich your perceptions of the dementias and the diverse role of the arts in all our lives.

Whether you are living with a dementia, helping to care or support someone who is, are an artist or healthcare practitioner currently working or thinking about working in the dementia and arts field, or a student, researcher or commissioner trying to understand the role of arts-based practices in dementia care, we hope this course will shape and enrich your own perceptions of the dementias.

CPD Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and is recognised by its CPD recognition scheme. Learners who choose to upgrade will earn 8 CPD points on successful completion of all assessment elements.


Our Dementia and Arts MOOC is a collaborative space, and we encourage learners to share feedback, educational tools and resources so that we keep growing together in knowledge and scope. We have collated all of the shared content from the previous runs of our MOOC and made it available here. This will be updated as more content is shared, so please do check in regularly.

This is a FutureLearn MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), created in partnership with UCL.