Specialization in Teatro di Figura

Material, object, puppet theatre

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


Enrolment fee Master documentation: CHF 50.

Admission exam fee : CHF 150.-

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

Responsible for Master Studies
Anna Gromanová
Master administration
Tamara Kaelin

Teatro di Figura focuses on teaching a form of theatre that uses materials, objects, and puppets as basic means of expression, deepening the practical and creative aspect of animation theatre, as well as its historical and theoretical context.

The specialization, with its variety of courses, provides students with the opportunity to engage in a multitude of working methods, styles, and theatrical techniques, and encourages them to experiment and take risks as actors and creators. Through specific courses and workshops, students discover a wide range of forms of puppetry, from traditional to more experimental and boundary-pushing genres. The program also includes spaces dedicated to the construction and development of objects or puppets, depending on the needs dictated by the students’ artistic projects.

The study program is divided into four semesters. During the first two semesters, students discover and develop creative and artistic skills and principles in the context of the basic courses, seminars, and workshops of the Master of Arts in Theatre, while at the same time deepening the creative and exploratory character inherent to the specialization. The third and fourth semesters are mainly devoted to artistic production and critical thinking.
A topic related to the body and its coexistence with materials, objects or puppets is the starting point for an artistic research that leads to a theatrical creation presented to an audience. The performer accompanies the artistic work with a documentation of their research and a reflection on the process and its outcome.

Trailer Master "Teatro di Figura"

The study focuses on:

Technical skills

  • animation technique
  • the search for a distinctive theatrical language with materials, objects, or puppets

Cognitive and analytical skills

  • theoretical aspects of theatre and other arts
  • analysis of different performances and phenomena of theatre

Competences of artistic practices and theatre skills

  • composing
  • dramaturgy
  • directing

Communicative and organisational skills

  • project management
  • presentations and forum discussions

Creative skills

  • development of a creative process
  • transposition of an idea or a topic into a theatrical creation

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. Where there is exceptional artistic talent, candidates without an academic degree may be admitted.
The candidate is required to:

  • show great ability and a strong interest in working with materials, objects or puppets

  • define the area and topic of their artistic exploration

  • 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.

Applied Theatre Practice

Applied Theatre Practice

The artist is confronted with social realities that lie outside his field of competence in the strict sense (art)

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