Help others to express their creativity.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 32-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
Experience of performing arts should be demonstrated via your personal statement. DBS check required.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code N2L8
Duration 3 years full-timeHow to apply for this course
If you have a passion for the challenge of performance and want to share this with others, this performing arts degree is for you. The course will help you to understand how to bring out the best in people through participation in dance, drama and music, as well as developing your own performance skills. You’ll learn how to help them to overcome challenges such as vulnerability or lack of confidence, and you’ll provide memorable experiences in which others can discover what they are really capable of.
As a member of The Actor's Wheel Theatre Company, you’ll train intensively in music, dance and acting alongside our actors and actor musicians, and benefit from our excellent track record in teacher training as you work alongside students on our education degrees to explore how people of all ages learn. Through projects in educational and community settings you’ll perfect your practical teaching and facilitation skills, preparing you for employment or to set up your own business as a community arts practitioner. You’ll explore your love of the arts, perhaps discovering career paths you hadn’t previously considered, and have the opportunity to perform yourself as well as facilitating others’ performance.
Kate Massey-Chase: Performing Arts Education, I think is a really important and exciting degree, that works in collaboration with us here, in Performing Arts Department and the Education Department as a really respected degree course around the country, with a long history at Marjon. It’s a degree program as I say that split between the two departments, but we try to work in a really integrated way to make sure that the learning compliments each other. So over in education the students will be learning with the other education students, philosophies of pedagogy, theories of education, how people learn, all of those kinds of things, classroom-based work, and with opportunities to go into schools. And over here they will get a really solid foundation in performance skills, including drama, dance, and music, working with the students across acting and musical theatre. So, they get that really solid basis in acting, dance, and music skills that they can then integrate with their understanding and their learning within education, to think about how they can use those skills together, working in education and in the community.
Annia: I’ve always wanted to look in something with Performing Arts or Drama, and I think it is just mostly that my A-level teacher, and my GCSE Drama teachers sort of inspired me to really take up teaching as well.
Robbie: I wanted to be a teacher. So, and I’m quite keen on the drama aspect of things, and I looked at Drama degrees, but I liked how Performing Arts degrees ties drama with education. We’re doing Aladdin this year, which is really good to design your own musical, and as part of the module you have to adapt your performance to schools and take it into different primary schools, and perform it to them, and in front of the kids, which is really fun because they always love it. And then you got to go to theatre to perform at the end of the week.
Annia: So, last year we helped the second years, which are now third years, with Alice in Wonderland. So it’s given us an idea of what we were going into, and now it’s time for our assessment. So we get to become the main characters and sort of talk through the choreography and what we’re doing with Kate, she’s absolutely amazing. It’s really exciting. And taking it into schools, and just seeing the children just sit down and watch, and just look really amazed by it. It’s just really nice to do.
Tom: Well, I think Performing Arts is vitally important for children’s development. And I looked at a variation of different Performing Arts courses across the UK, and it was Marjon that stood out to me, because it valued the education element as much as it did the Performing Arts, and which is what made me come down here. In September, I officially launched my theatre company. So I go to schools and I deliver a CPD for teachers, extra curricular activities, which include lunch clubs and afterschool clubs. And I’m currently starting to launch holiday clubs, but that’s coming, hopefully, in 2020. Marjon has supported me throughout my degree, and my lectures, and helped me to be able to get into schools, which helped me to be able to secure my clients where I go now and who I teach. I also use the office space here on a day to day basis. I come in, which gives me a professional address. It makes me as a company, and personally look professional because I’ve got somewhere where I can call home, professionally. This year I’m being sponsored by Marjon, to be able to go into primary schools and give children the opportunity to be able to perform. And then I use the theatre here as well to serve them. The children have a real experience that stays with them throughout their childhood of performing on a professional stage. I’d say if you value learning and if you want a fun, exciting course that can potentially lead to exciting, self-directed careers afterwards, then Marjon is the place to be.
Opportunities to develop work for and with a range of groups through our close links with hundreds of schools and community groups.
Intensive training in drama, music and dance led by industry professionals.
Perform in our 300 seat theatre and black box studio theatre.
Long history of creating exceptional teachers, blended with an innovative and inspirational performing and acting community.
Taught by practicing professionals in teaching, performance and applied theatre.
Three varied work placements.
Is talent born or made?
How can performance lead to social change?
Which is more important in a school play: high quality or participation from everyone?
Why does creativity in communities matter?
How can performing arts help children learn other subjects?
Why use performing arts in prisons, rehabilitation centres or special education needs schools?
At the end of the course you are well placed to begin a PGCE or School Direct qualification to become a secondary or primary teacher specialising in drama. Or you could move into roles in the broader education or theatre sectors such as educational management, community theatre groups or informal educational environments such as those around tourism or events. You could also choose to lead children’s and community theatre groups as well as potentially setting up your own performing arts company.
“The course allowed me to perfect the practical side of my work, and to understand all the educational and performance theory. Among my standout moments at university were when I directed a performance of ‘The Jungle Book’ in a local primary school and organised and led a school trip to Marjon Arts Centre. I’ve now launched my own education theatre company and have recently been working in a school, teaching teachers how to use performing arts skills in their day to day practice.”
Tom is founder of the Mallender Theatre Company.
“ "During your first year you will learn the fundamentals of education and explore how music is used in an educational environment. You'll also learn about the origins of theatre while working towards a performance. In the second year you will learn how childhoods differ around the world; discover different attitudes to education over time and learn how to lead acting workshops in the community. The third year has a focus on developing your own philosophy of education. Modules are also run on theatre production, music and supporting young people in schools."”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Teaching takes place through lectures and seminars as well as workshops, rehearsals and performances.
Assessment is through a variety of tasks including essays, log books, performances, running workshops and presentations.
Natalie is a performance artist with over 10 years professional experience in industry, presenting and exhibiting her work across Europe and North America. She is a specialist in performer training, working with students across Acting, Musical Theatre, and Performing Arts in Education programmes to deliver a blend of strength & conditioning, yoga, and physical theatre technique. She teaches and researches feminist performance; sex, gender, and the body in performance; and contemporary performance making technique.View full profile
Kate is an experienced Performing Arts teacher. She is passionate about social justice and the use of drama and theatre for social and political purposes, and as a platform for individual or social change. She is currently researching the use of theatre in mental health contexts.
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Katy is a professional actor and has performed in many musicals on UK national tours, including at the Victoria Palace, London and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. She teaches Performing Arts in Education and Musical Theatre.
Linzie is the resident Vocal Coach for our Performing Arts courses. She has over twenty years professional performing experience as a comedy vocalist, impressionist and singer. She has performed worldwide in theatres, onboard cruise ships and in the commercial and corporate entertainment business. Alongside this, she also has experience as a Creative Learning Practitioner and Drama Teacher, working for Theatre Royal Plymouth and in schools across Devon.
In addition to the structured course elements there will be extra curricular opportunities to develop your practice and CV which are actively encouraged.
The black box performance theatre is a large and versatile 300-seat space. Some acting students are rehearsing while other students look on. It is used for a variety of events and performances.