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How to Apply

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.

Why study 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.

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Course structure


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.

Modules

  • 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

Course assessment

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.

Competitions/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.

Teaching methods

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.

Application method

To apply for the programme, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk; 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!