What you'll study
From the start of your studies, you will work with young audiences in Schools and Colleges across the South East Region.
- 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.
Why choose this course?
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
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
Students on the programme have had the opportunity to visit international festivals including ASSITEJ Congress Copenhagen, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, and Takeoff
Industry contacts and networking
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)
This practice based programme is designed to prepare students for creating and performing theatre for, by and with children and young people. Beginning with an exploration of the skills and approaches to making and facilitating theatre processes for young audiences from a range of ages and backgrounds, it then applies those skills in the development of work for specific audience groups, allowing students to identify and pursue specialisms within the broader TYA field.
Central to the programme’s ethos is the development of the ability to respond to the needs and perspectives of young people; posing questions about, how, why and where we make theatre. The course introduces students to a range of audiences, from early years, to teenagers, including the chance to look at inclusive arts practice and TYA models that engage those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
The course focuses on live performance, but with an understanding that this may include the use of digital technologies and multi-media where appropriate. Central to its ethos is the exploration and development of approaches to the creation and devising of performance that respond to audience, place and space, with the ambition of creating an outwardly facing theatre-artist, ready to take their place as citizens and active participants in cultural life.
The research imperative is embedded within the practical element of the programme from the outset; indeed, the interaction between practice and research is a core characteristic shared by all postgraduate programmes at Rose Bruford College. Practical work is informed by contemporary academic thinking and robust theoretical underpinning, balanced by the need to remain relevant to professional models of artistic.
The programme is directed towards those who want to explore interdisciplinary theatre-making and performance in the context of, and in dialogue with, scholarly research and enquiry.
Given the advanced practice‐based nature of the programme, potential students will be expected to possess a range of existing performance skills 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 submit 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 for evening and weekend working.
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 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.
Get a flavour
Programme Director Postgraduate & Head of Theatre for Young Audiences Centre
Jeremy Harrison is a teacher, researcher, director, musical director, composer and community musician. He is Programme Director of Rose Bruford College’s MA Actor Musicianship and MA Theatre for Young Audiences and joint Programme Director of the Ensemble: Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Making and Leadership, in collaboration with Graeae.Read their full profile
Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.Funding and Financial Support
MA 13 months MFA 24 Months
Mode of study
Course Fees (2021 Entry)
UK & Republic of Ireland Students
MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)
MFA International Students (240 credits)