The 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.
Acceptance to the MFA program requires that students possess a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, be in good physical 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 significant prior experience in theatre. Depending on the date of graduation and academic standing, students may be offered a conditional place in the program. This will be clarified when the offer is made.
Auditions and Deadlines
Candidates 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. In some cases a DVD audition may be accepted.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Early Decision Deadline: December 1, 2014 Accademia dell'Arte offers an early decision option for candidates who complete the application process before December 1, 2014 and who accept the offer of a place in the program prior to January 1, 2015. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements will receive a $1,250 discount on tuition.
Tuition (Total credit hours: 60)
Year 1 (modules 1-3)
Module 1 Arezzo (credit hrs.10)
Module 2 Arezzo (credit hrs.10)
Module 3 Torino (credit hrs. 6)
Year 2 (modules 4-6)
Module 4 Arezzo (credit hrs.10)
Module 5 Arezzo (credit hrs.10)
Module 6 Berlin (credit hrs. 6)
Year 3 (module 7)
Module 7 Prague(credit hrs. 8)
Note: While every effort will be made to guarantee the above prices, the Accademia dell 'Arte reserves the right to adjust prices after Year One, should circumstances beyond its control impose an adjustment of tuition fees.
Application fee: $100
Deposit: $2,000 In order to secure their place in the program, candidates are required to pay a $2000 USD security deposit. This payment may be made in one transaction or several installments by agreement with Accademia dell'Arte and MUW. This deposit will be credited toward the first semester's tuition.
For further information refer to the website: http://www.dellarte.it/tuition.php?lang=en - DepositAndPaymentOptions
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Note: Local costs due in Arezzo require cash payment in Euros only
Living costs and housing
This budget is an estimate of living costs for students in Europe for one year of MFA (fall, spring and summer semester). It is not exhaustive and does not take into account individual differences or needs: i.e. private apartments, alimentary or medical needs, extra travel, etc. It is an estimate to allow students to plan their personal budget and FAFSA applications and does not include personal expenditure.
Notes – this budget is based on a ten-month period: it allows for one transatlantic fare. The accommodation is based on 2 or 3 students in shared apartments, each with their own room, shared living, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Average per month
Accommodation:between € 300 and 400 per month
Extra provision for apartment in Torino or Berlin: € 600
Utilities: € 75-125 per month
Food: € 300-400
Realtor: € 120
US- Europe travel—One round-trip flight per year: € 1200
European Travel: € 250
Local Travel: € 100
Communication (phone/internet): € 400
School supplies: € 200
Residence permit/ Emergency Room insurance (INA ASSITALIA) € 280
Comprehensive health insurance issued by the US
€ 60 estimated
Total Average per month
Total over 10 months
Housing in Arezzo
Most students will live in shared apartments in the city of Arezzo. Costs will depend on specific choices made by the students, but an estimated cost for off campus room is approximately €300 – €400 per month for private rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Prior to students' first arrival in Arezzo the Accademia assists them in identifying and securing housing through the help of local real estate agencies. Housing in Torino, Berlin and Czech Republic
Torino: Shared apartments or similar housing will be arranged by the Accademia, prior to arrival. Every effort will be made to find affordable housing convenient to the training facilities. Berlin: Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation; the MFA administration may give advise. Czech Republic: Students are housed at Plum Farm Yard in accommodation provided by Continuo Theatre
Note: Travel costs to module locations (approximately €250 round-trip for each location) will be the responsibility of the students. Students are responsible also for their accommodation payments.
All studentswill hold Emergency Room insurance (INA ASSITALIA) as part of their residence permit application. This covers emergency treatment. In addition all students are obliged to hold a comprehensive health insurance issued by the US that is valid for medical treatments in Italy/Europe that do not fall under the heading of the emergency INA ASSITALIA cover. Some current students have used the following insurance plan: Cultural Insurance Services CISI, for Students or Scholars, found at the following web address: http://www.culturalinsurance.com/students/ - Cultural Insurance Services CISI
View the 2015 MFA in Physical Theatre presentation (.pdf)
View courses by semester in the Graduate Bulletin.
Visit the Accademia dell'Arte MFA page
William "Peppy" BiddyGraduate Coordinator
235 Cromwell Center Phone: (662) 329-7260
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439