Theatre for Young Audiences

MA

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    MA Theatre for Young Audiences
    School
    College of Liberal Arts
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    One year full-time or two years part-time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Learn theatre for young audiences skills, in collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath’s the egg.

    • Work with and learn from prominent Theatre for Young Audience professionals.
    • Practical alongside theoretical study, with opportunities to collaborate with students across arts disciplines.
    • Collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath’s the egg, a leading provider of theatre for young audiences.

    This course 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 – the egg. You’ll graduate with invaluable artistic, academic, and professional contacts.

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    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; and
    • the arts industry, including producing and funding strategies alongside the infrastructure of the theatre for young audiences field.

    The course 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.

    Course structure

    Trimester 1

    • PA7010-30: Research Methods and Context
    • PA7023-30: Performance Practice 1 (Writing and Dramaturgy, Puppetry)

    Trimester 2

    • PA7033-30: Performance Practice 2 (Devising, Adaptation, and Scenography)
    • PA7040-30: Professional Engagement

    Trimester 3

    • PA7050-60: Thesis Project

    How will I be assessed?

    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.

    How will I be taught?

    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.

    Opportunities

    Competitions and awards

    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.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry £8,000
    2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £4,000
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry £14,000
    2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    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.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    With your application form, please include a portfolio in which you list three artistic projects in which you have participated. Describe briefly (up to 150 words each) how each project has shaped you as an artist/practitioner. You may include photo(s) if relevant.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: l.purcell-gates@bathspa.ac.uk