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MA Theatre for Young Audiences

Course Description

The MA in Theatre for Young Audiences combines writing, puppetry, scenography, adaptation, facilitation and academic study. We’ll equip you with the practical and analytical skills to enter the burgeoning field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

The course was designed for practitioners and researchers including actors, directors, scriptwriters, producers, scenographers, and others with a relevant background in theatre and performance.

We foster collaborative work, immersing you in the operational life of one of the most innovative Theatre for Young Audiences venues in the country. You’ll graduate with invaluable artistic, academic, and professional contacts.


The MA consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit module delivered over three trimesters. This totals 12-months of full-time study or a 24-months of part-time study.

You’ll gain an understanding of:

• Practical methodologies and processes for creating theatre for young audiences, including writing, puppetry, adaptation and scenography.
• The broader context of theatre for young audiences, grounded in an understanding of the creative capacities of children.
• The performance field, through examination of the work of key companies and playwrights.
• Educational pedagogy in the creative arts for young people, including workshop facilitation and experiential learning techniques.
• The arts industry, including producing and funding strategies alongside the infrastructure of the theatre for young audiences field.


In the first trimester, you'll take two modules: Research Methods and Context, and Performance Practice 1 (Writing and Dramaturgy, Puppetry).

In the second trimester, you will take two modules again the first being Performance Practice 2 (Devising, Adaptation, and Scenography), and Professional Engagement.

In the final trimester, you'll take the 60 credit module, the Thesis Project, to complete your course.

For more information on course modules, please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-theatre-for-young-audiences/


We deliver the course through seminars, practical sessions, workshops, lectures and online. In addition to the rich teaching offered through Bath Spa University resources, we incorporate an ongoing programme of activity at the egg.


You’ll be assessed by written and practical work, such as performances, workshops, demonstrations, scripts, reflective essays, research essays and presentations. Your final thesis project can be practical, written, or a combination of the two.


The MATYA will equip you with the performance, applied, academic and entrepreneurial skills to pursue a career in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Particularly invaluable are the industry contacts, experience, and professional platform gained through the course’s partnership with the egg.

Graduates of the course move into work within theatre companies and as writers, directors, producers, or academics.


You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your thesis project to the egg for inclusion in their Incubator showcase for an audience of leading industry professionals.

For more information on opportunities and facilities please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-theatre-for-young-audiences/

Visit the MA Theatre for Young Audiences page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Miranda Scott

I had looked for a TYA Masters program in the US, but all of the programs I found were either three years or not at all practice-based. The MATYA program at Bath Spa University was the perfect fit, being only a year long and offering practice-based opportunities. On top of that, it is in England, which is an epicenter for groundbreaking theatre (especially for young audiences, I have found). I knew that I would grow both as a person and an artist by attending Bath Spa University.

The best thing about my course is its diversity in both students and coursework. I have classmates from Malaysia, Japan, the US, and the UK. We each come from very different artistic backgrounds as well. We are learning how to conduct research within our field, how to facilitate and create workshops, how to build and perform with puppets, and how to devise and write theatrical pieces, among other things.

I recommend Bath Spa because attending the university will change your life for the better. You will meet many new, different people, be challenged and supported, and learn from professionals who currently work in the field that you want to go into.


Entry Requirements

Normally, but not exclusively, you'll have a good first degree (2:1 or above). This may be in an area related to the creative industries. However, background career paths of applicants may be diverse. In fostering an ethos of interdisciplinary creativity and collaboration, we welcome you to apply if you’ve arrived at this career choice through alternate pathways. We’ll assess your application on the basis of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (where appropriate), your interview and/or application form and your portfolio of work.

Last Updated

04 August 2017

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