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M.F.A. in Physical Theatre

Villa GodiolaThe Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theatre is offered in conjunction with the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Students must be admitted to the graduate program at MUW prior to enrolling in courses leading to the MFA degree.

The MFA in Physical Theatre combines the study of movement/dance, Italian language, vocal study, and music with the study of circus arts, the techniques of the commedia dell'arte, and contemporary mime/masks. The program will provide students with a high level of technical training for the actor, as well as a study of the aesthetic, historical, and social contexts of the commedia dell'arte.

The degree emphasizes the "actor as creator" and creative autonomy to prepare students for solo performance. As a terminal degree program, students also may opt for a career in teaching.The MFA program takes place across a 26-month period divided into modules that range from 8 weeks to 12 weeks.

The total instruction is over 1800 hours. The MFA requires 60 semester hours of coursework, including a performance project and a thesis.

General Admission Requirements:

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Two letters of professional recommendation for the graduate program in Physical Theatre. The letters should state the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding graduate faculty) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic or work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • A $100 application fee, payable to Accademia dell'Arte.


Program-Specific Requirements:

MFA TheatreEntrance Requirements:

Acceptance to the MFA program requires that students possess a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, be in good physical and psychological health, and show a full and mature awareness of the nature of the program. They should also have faithfully estimated their ability to pursue and complete its course of study. It is expected that students have prior significant theatre experience. Where students have not majored in Theatre or a related discipline it is expected that they have substantial skills and experience acquired independently. Depending on the date of graduation and the level (GPA) students may be offered either an unconditional place in the program or a conditional place. This will be clarified when the offer is made.


Students interested in applying for the program should complete the application form. All candidates are required to participate in auditions to be held in the US or Arezzo, Italy. Please contact us for details and logistics. Exceptionally, a student may present a DVD audition.

Tuition & Costs:

Tuition and Fees|2013–2015

Year 1 (modules 1-3) $23,625
Year 2 (modules 4-6) $23,625
Year 3 (module 7) $6,075
TOTAL $53,315

NOTE: Whilst every effort will be made to guarantee the above prices, the Accademia dell 'Arte reserves the right to adjust prices after Year 1, where circumstances beyond its control impose an adjustment of its tuition fees.

Included in Tuition

  • All instruction for all modules
  • Personal administrative support (This includes support for integration in Arezzo and other sites, as well as ongoing services; however, our student services staff is limited and we
  • expect postgraduate students to be as independent as possible. Personal counselling is not available through student services except on an emergency basis.)
  • Access to a local doctor at the discretion of the head of student services (a flat fee of €10 may be charged)
  • Mentoring program
  • Supervision and support for modules outside Arezzo. An Accademia dell'Arte core faculty member is present during key moments in the module. Accademia dell'Arte does not have a permanent core faculty member on site during the module, but does monitor the progress with its close collaborators on site
  • Materials for Mask-Making workshop
  • Use of technical and costume facilities that the Accademia dell'Arte has at its disposition (in consultation with Program Director)

Not included in Tuition

  • Food
  • Meals at the Villa Godiola when students are in class at the Godiola Campus (see Meal Plan below)
  • Transportation (including travel within Europe to residencies in Torino, Berlin and Milano)
  • Housing
  • NOTE: students may need to pay a fee to Realtor for arranging accommodation in Arezzo
  • Security deposit: €150 payable at beginning of Module 1 refundable at end of Module 7
  • Visa (for non-EU students payable to appropriate authorities)
  • Residence permit: obligatory for non-EU students. In order to qualify for the Residence Permit students will additionally purchase an Italian health insurance, which is specially designed by the Italian government for foreign students to cover emergency medical expenses. In 2012 the total sum paid for a Residence Permit (Validity One Year) and the corresponding Health Insurance was €320 – This sum may vary
  • Certificate of aptitude for sport (obligatory for circus school). This certificate is obtained in Italy in order to comply with Italian Regulation. A student deemed not fit to pursue intense physical activity may need to review their engagement in the MFA in Physical Theatre. No refund can be made for a semester that has already commenced (except within the stipulated time as stated by MUW general policies). In 2012 this cost €50 – This sum may vary.
  • Optional Additional Insurance. Through the collaboration between Accademia dell'Arte and Flic Scuola di Circo students may take out a more comprehensive insurance policy that covers treatment and compensation in the case of injury. The additional cost for a Year's insurance in 2012 was €190. Further details available on request.
  • Students may wish to consider taking out private health insurance before arrival in Arezzo; this could cover accident liability, luggage loss, and repatriation in the case of grave sickness or accident.
  • Travel within Italy and within Europe for modules 3,6 and 7


Recapitulation of above Costs that are due either on arrival or at the appropriate moment during semester: please note these costs are sometimes due in Euros and sometimes in Dollars. The euro payments must be made in cash. These prices may vary for reasons beyond our control.

Security Deposit, payable at commencement of Module 1 refundable after Module 7: €150
Meal Plan for meals at Villa Godiola @ €6 per meal (payable on campus at commencement Module 1,2,4,5: sum varies according to semester)
Residence permit including Inassitalia Emergency Room insurance payable annually to appropriate Italian authorities during Module 1 and Module 4: €320
Certificate of aptitude for sport payable during module 1: €50

For additional fees, see the Accademia dell'Arte MFA Presentation.


View courses by semester in the Graduate Bulletin.

Visit the Accademia dell' Arte MFA page

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