Theatre for Young Audiences MA/MFA

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About this course


13 months full-time, flexible part-time pathways

Term Start

October 2020

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (usually a 2.1) and/or equivalent professional experience in a related field. You will be required to attend an interview.

This programme is for those who are interested to make and perform theatre by, with and for young people. As one of the UK's leading drama schools, Rose Bruford College offers a unique opportunity to study and train in this increasingly popular and dynamic area of theatre practice.
Programme Director Jeremy Harrison talks about this programme and our Actor Musicianship MA/MFA
Led by a team of specialist practitioners and academics you will be working with some of the leading figures in the UK and European sector. Students on the programme have had the opportunity to visit international festivals (including ASSITEJ Congress Copenhagen, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, and Takeoff), work with leading companies and theatres (including Catherine Wheels, NIE, Oily Cart, Tall Stories, Unicorn Theatre, Action Transport Theatre, Polka Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, and Travelling Light), and with world class practioners (including Tony Graham, Mark Storor, Alex Byrne, and David Wood). Working alongside our TYA creative partners, you will explore a range of theatrical techniques and theories that will enrich your ability to create theatre for audiences of all ages. The course includes work placements with leading organisations.

Recent placements have included: Imagination Stage (Washington DC,) Trusty Sidekicks (New York), Olive Branch Theatre's Western Sahara Refugee Project, Unicorn Theatre (London), Polka Theatre (London), Half Moon Theatre, (London) Birmingham Rep- Theatre Centre (London).

Below is an example of our collaborative work with Oily Cart

Watch 2019 Student Jo Frater's TEDx Talk with ConfiCo Performance

Why choose this course?

The Programme at a glance:

From the start of your studies you will work with young audiences in Schools and Colleges across the South East Region.

  • You will undertake an industry placement with opportunities to study abroad and participate in major UK and European festivals of Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Opportunities to publish research through the College's TYA research centre.
  • You will work with and study the practice of leading TYA figures from the UK and internationally
  • Membership through the College of TYA-UK, the UK arm of ASSITEJ – the international association of theatre for children and young audiences.

Employability & Industry

Rose Bruford College is committed to enabling its graduates to have sustained careers. The programme develops skills which will enable graduates to work as theatre makers, performers and facilitators of work for, with and by children and young people. In addition the MA in Theatre for Young Audiences is a transferable qualification which can be used to access further postgraduate research and Doctoral (PhD) study.

"This MA allows you to explore the growing challenges of Theatre for Young Audiences by putting your work in practice. I immediately was able to realise that Theatre for Young Audiences, is just as challenging, if not more, than Theatre for Adults. By questioning and reflecting upon this area of theatre this course enables a broad understanding of theatre for young audiences, whether through practical workshops in acting, musicality, circus skills, storytelling, teaching, directing or writing. This course allows you to make contact with those involved in this vocational field and work along side the creative partners within TYA. You work with great people in a lovely environment, therefore all in all I definitely recommend this course." 

Amber-Rose May (MA TYA)

Students on the programme have had the opportunity to visit international festivals (including ASSITEJ Congress Copenhagen, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, and Takeoff), work with leading companies and theatres (including Catherine Wheels, NIE, Oily Cart, Tall Stories, Unicorn Theatre, Action Transport Theatre, Polka Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, and Travelling Light), and with world class practitioners (including Tony Graham, Mark Storor, Alex Byrne, and David Wood).

Recent placements have included:
Imagination Stage, Washington DC
Trusty Sidekicks, New York
Olive Branch Theatre's Western Sahara Refugee Project
Unicorn Theatre, London
Polka Theatre, London
Half Moon Theatre, London
Birmingham Rep
Theatre Centre, London.

Fee and Application Information


Mode of study: Full Time or Part Time

How to Apply

Please click here to apply


View our recent webinar with Programme Director Jeremy Harrison. 

International Interviews
We hold international interviews and auditions throughout the year. Please click here for the latest schedule and to register.

UK Information Evening
If you would like to find out more information about the programme please register for our information evening on 11 February 2020.

2020 Audition Dates for Applicants

Below are our Sidcup audition dates for reference. You must apply first before you can attend an audition. 

Time TBC
Saturday 1 February
Saturday 7 March
Saturday 4 April
Saturday 16 May
Saturday 6 June

2020 Course Fees

MA Option (13 months study)
UK/EU fees £12,500
International Fees: £18,000

MFA Option (2 years study)

UK/EU Fees
Year 1: £13,000
Year 2: £7,000

International Fees
Year 1: £16,000
Year 2: £7,000

Alumni Discount
A 5% alumni disount is available for Rose Bruford College BA (Hons) alumni undertaking a full time 13 months MA programme or the first year of a MFA programme.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills provide a loan for eligible UK/EU students of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. Please see the video below for guidance and click here for more information.

Course content

Full time

Given the advanced practice‐based nature of the programme potential students will be expected to possess a range of existing performance skills in order to be eligible to join the programme. Therefore, the focus of the learning and teaching is not about training, but about developing your existing skills with a focus on understanding, creating and producing theatrical events and performances within the context of an ensemble theatre company. Much of your study will in consequence be self‐directed and focussed on researching the field and developing your own modes of practice.

The degree is made up of 5 modules, 4 x 30 credit modules and 1 final double weighted 60 credit module. Normally each module is studied over a 2‐3 month period culminating in a practical performance based project. Additionally you will be expected to submitted a critical reflection related to the module based upon your personal research and related to and your professional development.

Contact time with staff is high for a Masters degree ‐ although contact may vary from module to module depending on the intensity of performance related work. You can expect to devote the remainder of your time to personal study, research or collaborative working or focussing on the work-based learning elements of the programme.

There is some requirement evening and weekend working.

Part time

Part time delivery closely mirrors the full time programme, but takes place over two years. In the first year you will study 3 x 30 credit modules and in the second 1 x 30 credit module plus the double weighted (60 credit) final module.

Classroom (lecture‐based and seminar work) takes place in evenings and some weekends alongside the full‐time students so that you can share experiences and learn collaboratively. Practical work will normally take place in short blocks arranged where possible to coincide with school holidays or over weekends and bank holidays as appropriate.

Module Specifications

  • Please click here to download the MA Module Descriptors
  • Please click here to download the MFA Module Descriptors

Programme Specification

  • Please click here to download a pdf of the MA Programme Specification.
  • Please click here to download a pdf of the MA Programme Specification.

International Auditions
We hold international auditions and workshops throughout the year. Please click here for the latest schedule and to register. 

Webinars for Prospective Students
We run webinars throughout the year. View our latest schedule and register


Glen Tillin
Co-founder of Quarter Too Ensemble

‘The MA in Theatre for Young Audiences helped me to focus my understanding of how to create impactful work for and with young people: It brought me into contact with the wider global community of professionals working in TYA, provoking me to evolve and develop in my own practice beyond the limits of my own experience and intuition. The practical engagement on the course provided a spring board to develop my own creative ideas and approach in a supportive environment.’

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