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. Students in the program must follow the modules as outlined in their Bulletin of record from their entering year.
In order to secure a place in the MFA in Physical Theatre, candidates are required to pay a deposit within 15 days of receipt of emailed acceptance letter.
Deposit amount: $2000.00 (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 first semester’s tuition.
The Deposit is refundable at any time under the following conditions with appropriate documentation:
- Serious accident, injury or ill-health to candidate or to a family member (parents, siblings)
- Student is refused financial aid or other grant sources
Students wishing to transfer to another MFA program or withdraw from the MFA in Physical Theatre must do so prior to May 1 in order to receive refund on Deposit. Deposit will not be refundable for this reason after May 1.