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MA Theatre for Young Audiences

Course Description

The MA Theatre for Young Audiences (MATYA), in collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath’s the egg – one of the country’s leading TYA venues – combines storytelling, new writing, devising, puppetry, and academic study to equip students with the practical and theoretical skills to enter the burgeoning field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

The course is designed for entrepreneurial practitioners and researchers including actors, directors, scriptwriters, producers, scenographers, and others with a relevant background in theatre and performance. It fosters collaborative work, immerses students in the operational life of one of the most innovative TYA venues in the country, and provides them with invaluable artistic, academic, and professional contacts.

Course structure and content

The MA Theatre for Young Audiences consists of four 15-credit modules, two 30-credit modules, and one 60-credit module (180 credits) delivered over three trimesters. This totals a 12-month period of study for full-time students and a 24-month period of study for part-time students.

Students will gain a practical, critical, and analytical understanding of:
• Educational pedagogy in the creative arts for young people, including workshop facilitation and experiential learning paradigms
• The broader context of TYA grounded in an understanding of the creative capacities of children
• The performance field, through examination of the work of key companies and playwrights
• Practical methodologies and processes for creating theatre for young audiences, including writing, devising, storytelling, dramaturgy, puppetry, and design
• The arts industry, including producing and funding strategies alongside the infrastructure of the TYA field.


Modules include:
• Context and Methodologies
• Writing and Dramaturgy
• Devising and Adaptation
• Puppetry
• Facilitation
• Thesis (practical or written)

Teaching methods and resources

The MATYA is delivered through a combination of seminars, master classes, workshops and online resources, and incorporates the ongoing programme of activity at the egg.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include both written and practical work. Students can choose either a performance or written thesis, both of which culminate in a presentation at the Thesis Showcase & Symposium at the egg in October following the completion of the MA year(s).

Career Opportunities

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.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally, but not exclusively, an applicant will have a good first degree (2:1 or above). This may be in an area related to the creative industries. However, it is acknowledged that background career paths of applicants may be diverse. In fostering an ethos of interdisciplinary creativity and collaboration on the programme, we would welcome candidates who have arrived at this career choice through alternate pathways. In all applications, we will assess the application on the basis of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) where appropriate, the interview and/or application form and the portfolio of work presented.

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