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Our Approach

Theatrical designers are thinkers, makers, doers, and dreamers who engage directly with the world around them. Theatrical artistry flourishes in minds that are equipped with a deep understanding of environment and space and successful design requires a mind that is intellectually and artistically balanced. This program aims to educate and inspire a new generation of creative minds, endowing them with a broad exposure to the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Technical skills, developed through discipline and practice, are the tools that designers use to refine their ideas and communicate them to others. Exposure to traditional design techniques, new technologies, and individual artistic expression allows students to advance their individual creative practices. Our approach to performance design encourages designers to extend beyond traditional scenery to any performance space (from stages to courtyards, even cities or natural settings) and to any kind of performance (from plays to concerts to personal interactions). Performance Design does not stand alone but depends on the simultaneous collaboration of performers, audience, space, atmosphere, and narrative. These ideas, fundamental to every aspect of this program, empower students to conceive of theatrical space in creative and original ways.

This program is designed for:

● BA students with a strong interest in art and theater who would like to learn about theatrical design within a structured program in Italy. Students who are already studying architecture, studio art, graphic arts, theater, or product design are especially encouraged to apply.

● BFA students who are committed to studying art, design or theater and would like to develop their artistry and technical skills further within a structured program in Italy.


Application deadline: April 30

Fall 2021: August 30 – December 3

Fall Break: October 9 – 17

15 Total credits

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Application deadline: October 1

Spring 2022: January 20 – April 23

Spring Break: February 26 – March 6

15 Total Credits


EARLY BIRD: $1,000 off total tuition – application to be completed by July 1

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PLEASE NOTE: The dates above include arrival and departure. The Accademia dell’Arte does not accommodate students before or after these dates.The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.

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