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Application/Audition Process

When and where can I audition? Do I have to go to Europe?

Applicants for the MFA in Physical Theatre can audition in person in the U.S. or at the Accademia in Arezzo, Italy. We strongly encourage applicants to attend an in person audition. However, we understand that this is not always possible. In the case that you can’t attend an in person audition, a Skype audition is a possibility at no disadvantage. In the U.S., we attend URTA Satellite Auditions in New York, Chicago and San Francisco and Graduate Auditions at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Annual Convention (the location changes every year). Those who audition at URTA or SETC and wish to be considered for a place in an MFA in Physical Theatre cohort are required to attend a callback audition (in person or via Skype) after completing the required application materials.

In addition, we hold in person, group auditions on an as-needed bases in major metropolitan areas around the U.S. Regular locations include San Francsico, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

In some cases, we are able to hold in person auditions in other locations if an Accademia dell’Arte representative is available.

If you have more questions about the audition process for the MFA in Physical Theatre, please contact mfa@dellarte.it

What are the application requirements? Is there an application fee?

The application packet includes:

  • Online Application Form
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter / Essay of Motivation
  • Official Transcript(s) (from every institution from which you received credit towards your undergraduate degree).
  • Headshot and Resume

Application Fee: $100 / 75 Euro

* The application fee is waived for those applicants who do an initial audition at URTA Satellite Auditions or SETC.

Do I have to go to Mississippi? How much of the program takes place in Europe?

The entire 27 month duration of the MFA in Physical Theatre takes place in Europe. For most of the program, students are resident in Arezzo, Italy. However, there are three additional substantial residencies: Torino, Italy; Berlin, Germany and the Czech Republic. Although Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, MS) is the U.S. Accrediting Partner for the MFA in Physical Theatre, MFA students are never required to visit or be resident there.

There are breaks from courses during the winter and summer holidays and shorter breaks for fall and spring break.

Is there financial assistance? How does this work with the school being in Europe?

Limited financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships from both the Accademia dell’Arte and MUW. These are not comprehensive (i.e. they do not cover the full cost of the program). Typically, students can expect this aid to cover up to a maximum of 15% of tuition. In exceptional cases of demonstrated financial need and merit, additional financial assistance can sometimes be offered. Students can apply for financial assistance after accepting an offer of placement for an MFA in Physical Theatre cohort.

A benefit of our partnership with MUW is that it allows U.S. students to access U.S. Federal Financial Aid (federal student loans) the same as if they were attending a school located in the United States. U.S. students who wish to apply for Federal Financial Aid should follow the standard FAFSA process.

Do I have to speak Italian?

You do not have to speak Italian to be considered for – or participate in – the MFA in Physical Theatre. However, since most of the MFA program is resident in Italy, it is very helpful for students to have at least basic comprehension and use of the language. We understand that most applicants are not Italian language speakers, so the program typically begins with an Italian Language Intensive. Additionally, Italian is included as a course during the first year of the MFA in Physical Theatre.

Travel

What documents do I need to travel to Italy?

A valid passport is required for you to enter and leave the US and other countries. You should apply for a passport as soon as possible if you do not already have one. Approximately 6-8 weeks are needed for processing time, but be aware that the process may take longer, particularly during peak travel times. Complete information on application forms and how to receive a passport is available online at www.travel.state.gov. If you already have a passport, please check that it has not expired and that it will remain valid for at least 6 months before your planned return to the US.

please note: This information applies to US passports only. If you hold a passport from a different country, you will need to find information applicable to that region as policies and protocol differ.

Do I have to apply for a Visa?

All students  – unless they have a European passport – have to apply for a Study Visa. Please check the Visa section of our website for more information.

please note: This information applies to US passports only. If you hold a passport from a different country, you will need to find information applicable to that region as policies and protocol differ.

When should I arrive in Arezzo?

Students need to arrive in Arezzo on specific days. For the incoming cohort this days are the 25th and 26th of August 2017.

Where can I buy a plane ticket?

To get an idea about prices you could use Skyscanner, a global metasearch engine that compares flight costs.

Student travel agencies: Students can often take advantage of lower fares through agencies that cater exclusively to students. Although the fares are cheaper, these tickets tend to have restrictions.

STA Travel (www.statravel.com) and Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) are two very large student travel agencies that offer discounts to students. You must have an International Student Identity Card (they also sell ISICs) to purchase a reduced-rate ticket, but non-discounted tickets are available to anyone.

Please note that you can also purchase tickets from other local travel agents and consolidators. Keep in mind that most cheap tickets often have restrictions and you may encounter difficulty in changing your flight dates or time.

What should I do if the airline loses my luggage?

  1. Report missing items to the proper authorities at the airport. Look for the lost luggage information desk in the baggage claim area of the airport in which you arrive.
  2. Ask them to deliver your bag to:

Accademia dell’Arte

Via Cavour 121

Arezzo, Italia 52100

  1. Give them the following phone contact information:

Cell      3283531401

They will print out a page with your lost luggage information that will have your claim reference number. Do not lose this piece of paper. An Accademia staff member will need this document to help you follow up with the airline once you arrive on site.

What should I pack?

In my carry-on:

  • Important documents: passport and visa, IDs, directions to your destination
  • Phone numbers (program contacts and emergency numbers)
  • One change of clothes (underwear, shirt, pants)
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (planes get cold on long flights)
  • Any prescription medicines (including contact lenses and glasses)

In my suitcase:

  • Pack light clothing to layer—Nothing heavy or bulky. Focus on mixing and matching layers for varying weather conditions and occasions.
  • Crossover and neutral—Bring clothing that can be casual or formal as needed.
  • Keep it simple—Less is more. Remember you can shop abroad. Shoes are heavy, so try to limit the pairs you bring, though you will need a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
  • Cut down—Collect everything you would ideally want to bring, and then divide it in half.
  • Bring an extra bag—Or nest your small bag into a larger one. A duffel bag (or backpack) that you can lie flat inside your suitcase is best. It will be useful for weekend trips.
  • Roll your clothing when you pack—You can fit more in a suitcase and your clothes will be less wrinkled.
  • Be aware of airlines’ weight and space regulations regarding luggage—Airlines provide a limited amount of space for luggage and have specific regulations for overseas flight; smaller carriers traveling within Europe have even more strict policies. If the latter applies to any part of your journey, it is vital that you check the airline’s regulations. Also, if you are bringing a musical instrument, review the airline’s policy regarding required cases and/or size restrictions.

Appliances:

You cannot use American appliances in your rooms. Plugging in an American appliance can cause blown fuses, power outages and damage to the appliance itself. Laptops, digital cameras, video cameras and iPods are okay to use if they have internal converters and are used with adapters.

  • Adapters adapt the plug prongs from the American version (flat prongs) to the Italian standard (round prongs) in order to get the plug into the outlet.
  • They do not convert electricity.
  • Adapters are used on appliances with internal converters.
  • Usage of converters of electricity is forbidden because they will blow fuses.

Health

Should I provide ADA with basic health records?

Accademia dell’Arte requires students, along with his or her physician where applicable, to complete and submit the Health Information and Evaluation forms in their entirety. We also recommend that you provide copies of basic health records so that they can be kept on file. This is not a requirement (unlike the Medical Release and Health Information forms included in your application) but any additional information could be helpful in emergency situations where you might not be able to speak for yourself.

What kind of health insurance do I need?

In order to participate in our program you must have an health insurance that covers you for the time you will be studying for the program.

What if I need counseling services while I’m in Italy?

MUW offers on-line counseling services for all students. On site counseling is not available. We do, however have a list of psychiatrists and psychologists that we can recommend. Most appointments can cost anywhere from €100 to €180 per hour.

To see an English-speaking specialist you will have to travel to Florence, which is an hour train ride each way. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for their appointment and travel expenses.

What if I have special nutrition requirements?

If you are a vegetarian/vegan or have any dietary restrictions, you must note this on your Health Form and notify the Office of Student Services prior to your arrival.

You should describe your diet, specify what foods you avoid and include information concerning flexibility of dietary restrictions.

Are there medical expenses I might have to pay upfront while studying abroad?

The Accademia dell’Arte has a school doctor. Visits can be booked through the Office of Student Services and their cost is included in your tuition. The doctor will be able to diagnose, treat and prescribe medications. You will be responsible for purchasing and obtaining any prescription medication.

Your American insurance will typically cover up to 80% of non-emergency visits abroad. This of course depends on what type of insurance you have. You will need to keep the Italian doctor receipts and fill out a claim form for third party reimbursement.

If you need to see a specialist (dentist, gynecologist, etc.) in a private office, you need to be prepared to pay up front from €30 to €100 (estimates), and then wait to get reimbursed.

Should I bring any medication?

Regulations regarding the availability of medication differ from country to country. This means that certain medication—in a generic form or otherwise—may not exist or may not be offered in Italy. This applies to certain over-the-counter medications, as well.

Students who regularly take any medication should bring enough to last throughout the program, as well as the prescriptions themselves. It is virtually impossible to get medication mailed through customs.

Previous students have suggested filling a prescription for general antibiotics in the United States and setting it aside in the event that an illness manifests itself that you will need to treat (generally pertaining to severe Flu or Bronchitis). If you have a chronic illness that requires daily medication, please bring enough with you for your entire time abroad.

Get generic descriptions of the compositions of the medications you take from your doctor, just in case you lose your medication while you are here. This includes—but is not limited to—birth control, insulin and psychotropic medication.

Students are advised to bring a personal first aid kit and include Bactine and Neosporin for minor cuts and abrasions, and Imodium for temporary diarrhea.

In addition, we advise you to bring any standard medication with you. Suggestions include:

Ibuprofen

Tylenol

Advil

Motrin

Nyquil

Sudafed

Benadryl (pills and topical)

Bug bite topical ointment/insect repellant (the mosquitoes here are intense 365 days a year)

Antibiotic topical ointment

Generic sleep aid

Over-the-counter yeast infection treatment (yeast infection medication requires a prescription in Italy)

Can I be sent medicines from the U.S.?

It is virtually impossible to ship medicine from the US to Italy. All medications get held up in Italian customs for a variety of reasons and might not be released.

Do I have to be vaccinated in order to travel to Italy?

Currently, travel to Italy does not require immunizations. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of new health information regarding the locations to which they plan to travel. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide a wealth of information for travelers. Please review the pertinent information on their websites prior to your departure.

  • US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspxWorld Health
  • Organizations www.who.int/en/

Routine shots are recommended if you are not up-to-date with shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Ask your doctor if any vaccinations are recommended.

Other

Where will classes take place?

The core of the MFA training program will take place at the Accademia in Arezzo and its studios in the city center. Arezzo is an ideal location that enables students to immerse themselves in the genuine culture of Italy undamaged by excessive tourism. The central location of Arezzo also allows students to easily explore other cultural centers of Italy: Rome, Florence, Siena, Bologna, Perugia, etc. Parts of the program will take place in other European cities such as Torino, Berlin and in the Czech Republic.

Where will I be staying?

MFA students live in their own apartments in town. The school helps students finding a room/apartment to rent at the beginning of the program through a local realtor.

What currency does Italy use?

The currency in Italy is the euro. The euro is also the official currency of the Eurozone, which consists of 19 of the 28 members of the European Union. It is important that you understand the currency conversion from US dollars prior to departure. You can check currency conversion rates online at www.xe.com.

How do I access money while abroad?

Major credit cards: Cash advances are available from most ATM machines all over the world for those who hold VISA, MasterCard or American Express cards. You will be charged an interest rate on cash advances, thus we recommend withdrawing the largest amount possible (usually €250) each time so as to avoid being charged repeatedly. Please contact your credit card company for details.

Debit cards from your local bank: Cash advances are available from most ATM machines. Before you leave, contact your bank to find out exact international locations of machines connected to your card’s network. Notify your bank and/or credit card provider that you will be traveling abroad to prevent your card(s) from being locked. As a protection against identity theft, banks and credit card providers will often lock a credit/debit card if it is used outside of the card’s home region without notification.

What about packages?

Airmail packages sent from the United States take about two weeks to arrive. Packages sent by sea take about three months. If family or friends send you a package with an insurance value stated on the documents, customs and value-added tax will cost you almost 30% of the amount declared. Do not have your family send you anything expensive; you will pay too many fees.

Please note: medicines, food, lotions, soaps and makeup cannot be cleared from custom.

Italian customs authorities do not accept zero as a declared value for shipped items. Make sure the declared value is somewhere between €20 – €30.

Please note: We recommend that summer sessions students not have any packages mailed to them. Usually, packages do not arrive in a timely manner, meaning that you would probably not receive your package until after you have left the program.

Is there internet?

We have wireless Internet throughout the studio and green areas. However, please keep in mind that you will be studying in Renaissance structures and sometimes the Internet connection may not be stable.

We will assist you in getting internet in your apartment. This process might take up to 10 days. During this time you can access internet in the MFA studios, the Villa Godiola or in other places in town that we will recommend you on arrival.

Can I receive mail while abroad?

Yes, you can. Please use the following address:

YOUR NAME

Accademia dell’Arte

Via Cavour

52100 Arezzo

ITALIA

What about packages?

Airmail packages sent from the United States take about two weeks to arrive. Packages sent by sea take about three months. If family or friends send you a package with an insurance value stated on the documents, customs and value-added tax will cost you almost 30% of the amount declared. Do not have your family send you anything expensive; you will pay too many fees.

Please note: medicines, food, lotions, soaps and makeup cannot be cleared from custom.

Italian customs authorities do not accept zero as a declared value for shipped items. Make sure the declared value is somewhere between €20 – €30.

Please note: We recommend that during the summer or during Christmas holidays students do not have any packages mailed to them. Usually, packages do not arrive in a timely manner, meaning that you would probably not receive your package until after you have left the program.

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