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 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 and Fees|2013–2015TuitionYear 1 (modules 1-3) $23,625Year 2 (modules 4-6) $23,625Year 3 (module 7) $6,075TOTAL $53,315NOTE: 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
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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: €150Meal 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: €320Certificate of aptitude for sport payable during module 1: €50For additional fees, see the Accademia dell'Arte MFA Presentation.
View courses by semester in the Graduate Bulletin.
Visit the Accademia dell' Arte MFA page
William "Peppy" BiddyGraduate Coordinator
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