Specialization in Applied Theatre Practice

Duration of the study: 4 semesters (90 ECTS)
Full-time curriculum

Language: English

Enrolment fee Master documentation: CHF 50.

Admission exam fee: CHF 150.-

Semester tuition fee: CHF 1’200.- (non-refundable)

Responsible for Master Studies
Anna Gromanova
Master administration
Tamara Kaelin

Specialization in Applied Theatre Practice


The artist is confronted with social realities that lie outside their field of competence in the strict sense (art), thus coming into contact with topics that are the subject of many public discussions, such as migration, urbanisation, inclusion, and others. In the various courses, the student explores the impact that theatrical and creative practice can have on society, and explores how to transfer their practices and skills to non-theatrical fields. Creativity is explored on a theatrical level by trying to go beyond the strictly artistic context, with a view to developing a social commitment as an artist.


The Applied Theatre Practice specialisation intends to leverage a substantial collaboration with SUPSI, which, thanks to the multiplicity of projects and research carried out in its various departments, institutes, and competence centres, is able to provide a potential pool of observation and application for the Accademia’s Master students.


The study program is divided into four semesters. During the first two semesters, the student discovers and develops their artistic and creative skills in the context of the Master of Arts in Theatre, emphasising the specific, creative, and exploratory character of the specialisation. In the third and fourth semesters, the artist develops a concept in a field of their choice. The concept itself is tested in a practical way and is accompanied by a reflection on the final outcome.


The study focuses on:

Cognitive and analytical skills

  • theoretical aspects of theatre and other arts
  • analysis of different performances and phenomena of theatre
  • artistic research in relation to a theatrical application

Competences of artistic practices and theatre skills

  • acting
  • composing
  • dramaturgy
  • directing

Communicative and organisational skills, academic skills

  • project management
  • presentations and forum discussions

Creative and conceptual skills

  • development of a creative process, realisation of an idea in an applied field

Profile of the candidate

The application requirement for the specialisation in Applied Theatre Practice is a Bachelor’s degree in theatre, dance, circus arts or equivalent.
The candidate is required to:

  • show great determination and ability to take initiative in work

  • have a leading topic in which to invest oneself

  • outline the idea of a creative project that could develop into a diploma work

Physical Theatre

Physical Theatre

A topic related to one’s own body and its physicality is the starting point for an artistic research leading to a theatrical creation presented to an audience.

Teatro di Figura

Teatro di Figura

The student chooses a topic related to his or her body and its coexistence with materials, objects, or puppets

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