The focus of this program is art and the courses offered are theoretical and practical. The program is designed for art and art history majors and minors. However, the courses are also meant to help fulfill core requirements and electives for nonmajors. Art majors, minors and nonmajors alike are encouraged to apply.
This program offers students the opportunity to study major works of Western art and architecture and to have a studio experience in art making in one of two studio art courses offered. In addition to the academics, participants will have ample time to experience both historic and contemporary Italian culture. The academic program is based in Florence. Students are expected to participate in all planned activities and excursions. Students may be asked to bring €100 for purchasing supplies at a local art supply store depending on the faculty.
The program is based in Florence, the largest and most famous city in the Tuscany region. In addition to unlimited opportunities to experience Italian history and contemporary culture, Florence is near other cities of interest such as Rome, Venice, Lucca, and Assisi.
ACADEMICS (SUMMER 2018)
Students will take a total of two courses.
ARHS 4752 Study in Florence: The Italian Renaissance (4 units)
This is an art historical survey of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, including developing an understanding of the social, religious and political conditions that inspired the “Rebirth.” Students will visit important sites and monuments with local art historians as part of their studies.
Select One Course below (limited to 12 students each):
ART 350 Visual Thinking by LMU Professor Diane Meyer (3 units)
Explorations: Creative Experience Core
This course promotes concept development and creative thinking. Visual problem solving and projects will be based on a concern for how each person examines and explores, ultimately interprets and recreates the world around them. This course may require a lab fee.
ART 333 Visualizing Literature by LMU Professor Will Pupa (3 units)
Explorations: Creative Experience Core and Information Literacy Flag
Visualizing Literature is a visual arts course framed around a single work of literature. Each semester the text will change in collaboration with the LMU Department of Archives and Special Collections. The visual projects created in the course will interact with, integrate, and respond to the text and will ultimately be displayed in the greater library as an extension of and response to library special exhibits.
HOUSING AND MEALS
The ACCENT Florence Study Center offers apartments in the heart of the city, all within walking distance (maximum 40 minutes) from the Piazza Santo Spirito area. All apartments are located in a safe environment where students can experience a typical Florentine lifestyle. All apartments have excellent locks and updated electrical appliances and gas pipelines.
All apartments include kitchens, shared bathrooms, and living rooms. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators and cupboards for storing food, dishes, and cooking utensils, gas stoves and a gas/electric oven or microwave. Washing machines and drying racks are also provided, but cleaning supplies may not be included. Bedrooms are furnished with beds, desks, a closet or an armoire, bed sheets for each student, pillows, and blankets/comforters. Towels are not included. Reasonable usage of utilities is included in the program fees. Cleaning services are not included.
Students will have a guided walking tour of Florence during orientation and various course-related visits to local museums. Florentine historians will outline the political, economic and religious conditions of the Renaissance, guiding students through museums including the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Academy. They will see paintings, sculptures, and architecture by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo. The program will also include an excursion or two outside of Florence depending on selected location(s).
All excursions included as part of the program are mandatory for program participants.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
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