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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.

The Course

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 (currently schools, the 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.

The Course

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.

The programme is taught through a combination of practical workshops, demonstrations, lectures 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

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Audience, Author and Approach: An Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences (Core)
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Audience, Author and Approach: An Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences (Core)

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.

Professional Platform (Core)
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Professional Platform (Core)

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.

The TYA Company (Core)
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The TYA Company (Core)

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.

TYA and The School: Devising and Touring (Core)
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TYA and The School: Devising and Touring (Core)

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.

TYA and the Theatre (Core)
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TYA and the Theatre (Core)

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:

•\tHow can we explore and extend the boundaries of contemporary TYA performance making?
•\tWhat are the significant conceptual and methodological questions that arise through making?
•\tWhat does it mean to collaborate? What are the ethics and aesthetics of the ensemble?
•\tHow 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.

Assessment takes place through a range of devised performances, the delivery of a school workshop, as well as essays, presentations 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 you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

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).

You 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).

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.
 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other 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.

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.

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).

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.

Audience, Author and Approach: An Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences (Core)
Find out more

Audience, Author and Approach: An Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences (Core)

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.

Professional Platform (Core)
Find out more

Professional Platform (Core)

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.

The TYA Company (Core)
Find out more

The TYA Company (Core)

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.

TYA and The School: Devising and Touring (Core)
Find out more

TYA and The School: Devising and Touring (Core)

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.

TYA and the Theatre (Core)
Find out more

TYA and the Theatre (Core)

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:

•\tHow can we explore and extend the boundaries of contemporary TYA performance making?
•\tWhat are the significant conceptual and methodological questions that arise through making?
•\tWhat does it mean to collaborate? What are the ethics and aesthetics of the ensemble?
•\tHow 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.

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.

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).

All applicants will be interviewed, and may be asked to audition.

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.
 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other 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.

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).

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Expert Image - Conan Lawrence

Conan Lawrence

Deputy Head of the School of Fine and Performing Arts

Conan specialises in large scale site specific performance and writing and directing for radio. Following an early career in performing and technical theatre, his academic practice combines teaching with writing, directing and project managing for large collaborations. Conan manages several relationships between the School of Fine and Performing Arts and media, heritage and civic organisations.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

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

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.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre with industry-standard studio spaces. The Centre, part of a busy arts community, hosts professional performances alongside student productions.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.