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.

How You Study

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

The 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.

How You Are Assessed

The 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

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).

Program taught in:
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Last updated March 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
1 - 2 years
16,000 GBP
International students. | Home/EU students: £7,400
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