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How to Apply

Welcome to the MA Theatre for Young Audiences (MATYA) course. The 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.

The course is flexibly structured in order to facilitate attendance by remote and international students.  


Why study Theatre for Young Audiences?

Key features of the MATYA include:

  • Collaboration with the egg, one of the country’s leading providers of theatre for young audiences
  • Opportunities to work with and learn from prominent TYA professionals
  • Practical alongside theoretical study, with opportunities to collaborate with MA students across arts disciplines.

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Course structure

The course 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:

  • Practical methodologies and processes for creating theatre for young audiences, including writing, devising, storytelling, dramaturgy, puppetry and design
  • 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
  • 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 TYA field 


Modules include:

  • Context and Methodologies
  • Writing and Dramaturgy

  • Devising and Adaptation

  • Puppetry

  • Facilitation

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Thesis (practical or written)


Course assessment

Assessment methods will include both written and practical work. The course culminates in either a showcase production at the egg or a 12,000-word dissertation. Both the production and the dissertation are presented for peers, scholars and industry professionals at the Thesis Showcase & Symposium at the egg.


This MA is delivered through a combination of seminars, master classes, workshops and online delivery. 


Teaching methods

In addition to the rich teaching array offered through BSU resources, the course incorporates the ongoing programme of activity at the egg.

Application method

To apply for the programme, please email us at; we will then contact you to discuss matters further.

If you have any admissions queries please contact the admissions department at the address above, or telephone us on +44(0)1225) 875624. 

We are now accepting applications for October 2014.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

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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.

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.

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

What students say...

This course begins in 2014 - check back for student views!