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MA Theatre for Young Audiences MA Theatre for Young Audiences

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios, and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

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Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

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Brayford Pool

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Course Code

THYOAUMA

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

THYOAUMA

Dr Kelly Jones - Programme Leader

Dr Kelly Jones - Programme Leader

Kelly is the programme leader for the MA in Theatre for Young Audiences. Her research specialises in Gothic theatre and staging the supernatural, and she has published on Gothic horror in theatre for young people. With a young family, she is also an avid spectator of theatre for young audiences!

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Welcome to MA Theatre for Young Audiences

Theatre for Young Audiences is a Master’s programme designed for recent graduates and early-career artists interested in developing their performance-making through a professionally-oriented academic framework.

This programme develops and expands the notion of students as producers of knowledge, with a pronounced emphasis on enhancing the employability of its graduates through live brief projects with existing partners such as schools, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and theatre for young audience practitioners.

The programme aims to provide students with a professionally-facing environment in which to explore and interrogate their performance-making within a robust, methodologically informed academic framework.

Key features may include:

  • Supervision and teaching by practitioners
  • Leading practitioners as guest lecturers
  • Extensive opportunities to show performance work in Lincoln and the county, with an expectation that students will be supported in their ambition to produce work for as broad a geographic and demographic audience as possible
  • Taught content that transfers the knowledge and skills necessary to allow students to confidently prepare funding bids for performance processes within and beyond their studies
  • Local, regional, and national opportunities for making and showing performance work
  • The opportunity for extended, practice-based work.

Welcome to MA Theatre for Young Audiences

Theatre for Young Audiences is a Master’s programme designed for recent graduates and early-career artists interested in developing their performance-making through a professionally-oriented academic framework.

This programme develops and expands the notion of students as producers of knowledge, with a pronounced emphasis on enhancing the employability of its graduates through live brief projects with existing partners such as schools, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and theatre for young audience practitioners.

The programme aims to provide students with a professionally-facing environment in which to explore and interrogate their performance-making within a robust, methodologically informed academic framework.

Key features may include:

  • Supervision and teaching by practitioners
  • Extensive opportunities to show performance work in Lincoln and the county, with an expectation that students will be supported in their ambition to produce work for as broad a geographic and demographic audience as possible
  • Taught content that transfers the knowledge and skills necessary to allow students to confidently prepare funding bids for performance processes within and beyond their studies
  • Local, regional, and national opportunities for making and showing performance work
  • The opportunity for extended, practice-based work.

How You Study

The programme is taught through a combination of practical workshops, demonstrations, and seminars. Supervised development of performance processes happens in each term, and aims to offer input from theatre for young audience practitioners.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their own performance practice to a professional standard
  • Understand the role of research for practice
  • Engage with the programme and its outputs as an active producer of their own work
  • To reflect upon, critically engage with, and evaluate contemporary methodologies, economies, outputs, and evaluations of practice.

Contact and Independent Study

Contact time will average nine hours per week in terms one and two, and five per week in the final term.

Students should expect to undertake two hours of self-study for each hour of seminar-based contact time, and three hours of independent rehearsal and devising time per hour of workshop contact time.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

The programme is taught through a combination of practical workshops, demonstrations, and seminars. Supervised development of performance processes happens in each term, and aims to offer input from theatre for young audience practitioners.

Students study two modules in Semester A: Audience, Author and Approach: An Introduction to TYA, and TYA and the Theatre. Both of these modules offer an introduction to seminal practices, theories, and approaches to creating theatre for young audiences.

In Semester B, students study The TYA Company, and the TYA and The School: Devising and Touring. These modules are designed to develop industry-facing skills in working with TYA.

The Professional Platform module in Semester C provides students with the opportunity to research, develop, and market a major TYA project aimed at the professional market.

During the programme, students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their own performance practice to a professional standard
  • Understand the role of research for practice
  • Engage with the programme and its outputs as an active producer of their own work
  • To reflect upon, critically engage with, and evaluate contemporary methodologies, economies, outputs, and evaluations of practice.

Contact and Independent Study

Contact time will average nine hours per week in terms one and two, and five per week in the final term.

Students should expect to undertake two hours of self-study for each hour of seminar-based contact time, and three hours of independent rehearsal and devising time per hour of workshop contact time.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

How do we define Theatre for Young Audiences? How do we identify and articulate TYA's range of approaches and methodologies in such a broad field of commercial and creative practice? How do we create work for theatres and schools, while understanding the differing needs, demands and expectations for their respective audiences? Taking these fundamental questions as its starting point, this module introduces students to the key aspects of TYA's historical, cultural, political and social development, its prominent practitioners and venues, and the theories that underpin its complex, and integral, relationship with audiences.

Module Overview

The Professional Platform module is designed to mentor students in the production and management of a major piece of Theatre for Young Audiences performance, which is designed to tour. Either individually or in collaboration with peers from the cohort, students embark on a process of research, development, revision, rehearsal and delivery of a performance aimed at the professional market.

Module Overview

The TYA Company module offers students the opportunity to examine a range of historical and contemporary Theatre in Education and Theatre for Young Audiences companies to understand the changing nature of practice and the economic models that have supported them, including the study of locating realistic and achievable funding streams and the bid writing skills needed to confidently apply to them. In doing so students can gain a thorough understanding of the importance of generating strong financial and organisational foundations for their work, and how to maintain artistic integrity while seeking public and charitable assistance for making performance. At the end of the module students submit a Business Plan for the creation of a TYA company, which will inform their degree show performance in the final term.

Module Overview

As part of this module, students form small groups and devise performances and accompanying workshops designed to tour to primary schools in Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different primary school every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 to 300 children. The tour will usually replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment, and the audience will usually comprise of children aged between 4 and 10 years old, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. As well as providing valuable experience of devising, performing and touring, the module also reflects the School of Fine and Performing Arts' commitment to sharing its resources with regional communities for the benefit of all, and demonstrates the value that workshop delivery adds to the TYA practitioner and company's offer.

Module Overview

TYA and the Theatre challenges students to discover and develop – through studio-based, collaborative making – the fundamental methodologies of their own unique artistic practices, leading to a full-length performance at a professional venue. TYA and the Theatre aims to help students answer the following questions of their practice: • How can we explore and extend the boundaries of contemporary TYA performance making? • What are the significant conceptual and methodological questions that arise through making? • What does it mean to collaborate? • What are the ethics and aesthetics of the ensemble? • How can practical methodologies be developed through practice to deliver a venue-based performance for young audiences?

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

How do we define Theatre for Young Audiences? How do we identify and articulate TYA's range of approaches and methodologies in such a broad field of commercial and creative practice? How do we create work for theatres and schools, while understanding the differing needs, demands and expectations for their respective audiences? Taking these fundamental questions as its starting point, this module introduces students to the key aspects of TYA's historical, cultural, political and social development, its prominent practitioners and venues, and the theories that underpin its complex, and integral, relationship with audiences.

Module Overview

The Professional Platform module is designed to mentor students in the production and management of a major piece of Theatre for Young Audiences performance, which is designed to tour. Either individually or in collaboration with peers from the cohort, students embark on a process of research, development, revision, rehearsal and delivery of a performance aimed at the professional market.

Module Overview

The TYA Company module offers students the opportunity to examine a range of historical and contemporary Theatre in Education and Theatre for Young Audiences companies to understand the changing nature of practice and the economic models that have supported them, including the study of locating realistic and achievable funding streams and the bid writing skills needed to confidently apply to them. In doing so students can gain a thorough understanding of the importance of generating strong financial and organisational foundations for their work, and how to maintain artistic integrity while seeking public and charitable assistance for making performance. At the end of the module students submit a Business Plan for the creation of a TYA company, which will inform their degree show performance in the final term.

Module Overview

As part of this module, students form small groups and devise performances and accompanying workshops designed to tour to primary schools in Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different primary school every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 to 300 children. The tour will usually replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment, and the audience will usually comprise of children aged between 4 and 10 years old, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. As well as providing valuable experience of devising, performing and touring, the module also reflects the School of Fine and Performing Arts' commitment to sharing its resources with local communities for the benefit of all, and demonstrates the value that workshop delivery adds to the TYA practitioner and company's offer.

Module Overview

TYA and the Theatre challenges students to discover and develop – through studio-based, collaborative making – the fundamental methodologies of their own unique artistic practices, leading to a full-length performance at a professional venue. TYA and the Theatre aims to help students answer the following questions of their practice: • How can we explore and extend the boundaries of contemporary TYA performance making? • What are the significant conceptual and methodological questions that arise through making? • What does it mean to collaborate? What are the ethics and aesthetics of the ensemble? • How can practical methodologies be developed through studio practice to deliver a venue-based performance for young audiences?

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Assessment takes place through a range of devised performances and the delivery of a school workshop, as well as essays, presentations, vivas, a business plan, and a final producer’s portfolio, which develops students’ web presence and wraparound materials to prepare them for professional life.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Assessment takes place through a range of devised performances and the delivery of a school workshop, as well as essays, presentations, vivas, a business plan, and a final producer’s portfolio, which develops students’ web presence and wraparound materials to prepare them for professional life.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs


For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

Additional costs may include materials for performance and optional theatre tickets to see TYA performances. As a guide, costs are likely to be in the region of £300 per student.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

There may be additional costs associated with performances. For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs. Students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

Additional costs may include materials for performance and optional theatre tickets to see TYA performances. As a guide, costs are likely to be in the region of £300 per student.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

There may be additional costs associated with performances. For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs. Students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. Applications from students with relevant industry experience (or equivalent) will be considered on their merits.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


Young audiences are amongst the most challenging (and rewarding) any performer will ever encounter, and we need to be confident you are suited to this field. We look for commitment, imagination, flair and resilience. You will need all these qualities in the field of theatre for young audiences, so your application should talk about experience (even if you don’t have any directly with young audiences).

Applicants will also need a recent Enhanced DBS to be considered for the programme (schools, like professional venues, will not accept student performers working with children without them).

Entry Requirements 2021-22

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. Applications from students with relevant industry experience (or equivalent) will be considered on their merits.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


Young audiences are amongst the most challenging (and rewarding) any performer will ever encounter, and we need to be confident you are suited to this field. We look for commitment, imagination, flair and resilience. You will need all these qualities in the field of theatre for young audiences, so your application should talk about experience (even if you don’t have any directly with young audiences).

Applicants will also need a recent Enhanced DBS to be considered for the programme (schools, like professional venues, will not accept student performers working with children without them).

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Features

Students may have the opportunity to:
  • Develop skills in devising, writing and performing for young audiences
  • Perform to public audiences in established venues
  • Perform to audiences in external venues such as schools
  • Develop the knowledge and expertise to form small-scale theatre companies
  • Participate in workshops led by established practitioners in the field
  • Gain tuition in grant writing
  • Lead a final, public-facing project supervised by staff, including wraparound materials.
Female student on stage during a performance

How to Apply

Young audiences are amongst the most challenging (and rewarding) any performer will ever encounter, and the School needs to be confident applicants are suited to this field. The School looks for commitment, imagination, flair, and resilience. Students will need all these qualities in the field of theatre for young audiences, so their application should talk about experience (even if they don’t have any directly with young audiences).

Students will also need a recent Enhanced DBS to be considered for the programme (schools, like professional venues, will not accept student performers working with children without them).

Interviews

The programme conducts applicant interviews as part of the application process. External applicants are usually required to prepare and present a short audition piece directed at a young audience.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to lead directly into the field of theatre for young audiences, however it may also prove valuable to those interested in teaching, management, or policy-making in the arts.

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