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Key facts

MA Theatre for Young Audiences
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 skills for creating theatre with young audiences in mind, in collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath’s the egg.

  • Work with and learn from prominent Theatre for Young Audiences professionals.
  • Experience practical and theoretical study, with opportunities to collaborate with students across arts disciplines.
  • Collaborate 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


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.

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 one

  • Research Methods and Context
  • Performance Practice One (Writing and Dramaturgy, Puppetry).

Trimester two

  • Performance Practice Two (Devising, Adaptation, and Scenography)
  • Professional Collaboration.

Trimester three

  • Thesis Project.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Research Methodologies and Context
  • Performance Practice 1
  • Professional Collaboration
  • The Role of the Producer
  • Performance Practice 2
  • Major 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.


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


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £8,200
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,100
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £14,400
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Normally, but not exclusively, you’ll have a good first degree. 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: Laura Purcell-Gates
Email: l.purcell-gates@bathspa.ac.uk

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