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Arts and Humanities

Think differently and learn to communicate with impact. Arts and Humanities degrees at Marjon are all about thinking a little differently. You’ll engage your imagination to come up with different perspectives on big issues, and prepare for a career using your thinking, creative and communication skills to make people think differently in the world around you.

Is this for me?

You enjoy debating big ideas and considering how people are influenced, how language works and how society is changed.

You enjoy creative thinking and coming up with new concepts.

You enjoy using language, through reading, writing, speaking or performing.

What you need to know

Creative thinkers who can think differently are in demand in any industry, and the creative industries are huge recruiters.

Your personal brand can be critical, but you will be taught how to effectively market your talents.

These degrees are about big ideas and will equip you as strong readers, and writers and thinkers, able to communicate effectively with varied audiences.

Why choose Marjon?

Work closely with local professionals in the region to give you confidence in your career.

Practical focus to give you the skills which are most sought-after.

400 seat theatre, media suites, study on the BBC campus, and photography studio.

Find out more about courses and campus life at our virtual open days

Undergraduate courses

BA (Hons) Acting


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BA (Hons) Sports Journalism


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BA (Hons) English


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BSc (Hons) English Language & Communication


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BA (Hons) Journalism


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BA (Hons) Journalism with Photography


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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre


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BA (Hons) Performing Arts Education


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BA (Hons) Physical Education with Dance


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Postgraduate courses

MA Literature for Children and Young Adults


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PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design


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PGCE Secondary Education with Drama


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PGCE Secondary Education with English


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Student testimonials

Abby Davies, 3rd year, BA (Hons) Journalism.

“Through my lecturer I got work experience at BBC Radio Devon. Around two weeks later, I was offered the opportunity to work some paid shifts as a Broadcast Assistant and I’ve been involved in some amazing projects since! I can’t believe that I’m getting paid to do a job that I really, really love.”

Tip Cullen, BA (Hons) Acting, 2018 graduate.

“Marjon is definitely geared up for supporting you through university life, especially the academic side of it and there's lots of empathy and support for mature students.”

Shannon Brown, 3rd year, BA (Hons) Journalism.

“A student who had lost a lot of weight was prepared to share his story. We filmed and edited it and it was good enough to go on the BBC. Never in a million years did I think my work at University would feature on the BBC’s website. I think it got more than 100,000 views.”

Chloe Carrubba, BA (Hons) Acting, 2018 graduate.

“What has made the difference is being somewhere where people could get to know me and I could discover myself before entering the professional world. This is why I am getting better work now, I'm not only secure in my ability to act but also secure in who I am as a person, which shines through. ”

Five expert speakers

1. John Roder - BBC Match of the Day

John shared his expertise with sports journalists at a masterclass on commentary and live match reporting.

2. Sam Smith - BBC Editor for Inside and The Sunday Politics

Leading TV editor Sam worked with our aspiring broadcasters at TV journalism workshops.

3. Jenny Alexander - Teacher of creative dreaming

Jenny is an author of children's books, she teaches writing to adults and inspired many students at a writers' workshop.

4. Charlie Eaton - Dancer and Choreographer

Performing arts students enjoyed a practical workshop with Charlie about teaching dance and movement.

5. Jenny Walrond - BBC Spotlight

Jenny regularly presents news bulletins on BBC Spotlight, she is Health and Science Correspondent and also films and edits most of her own reports.

Five high-flying graduates

1. Sam East - Video Editor

Journalist Sam scored his dream job, Video Editor at Premier League Huddersfield Town FC just over a month after his final assignment.

2. Chloe Carrubba - Actor Musician

Chloe has appeared on TV and film including Poldark, Broadchurch, Doc Martin and the Bad Education movie and secured multiple roles at the Barbican Theatre.

3. Lauren Hayley - Online Journalist

Lauren graduated into a role with The Plymouth Herald and now works for BBC Online.

4. Jak Whitfield- Autism Activist

Jak, founder of Ambitious about Autism, now co-chairs the Autistic Youth Panel for the Autism Education Trust and recently appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Are you Autistic?’.

5. Ellanor Ridley - Solomon Theatre Company

Ellanor tours Theatre in Education (TiE) productions with messages about crime, safety and healthy lifestyles.

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