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 four-week academic program is based in Florence and includes a group excursion to Rome. Students are expected to participate in all planned activities and excursions. Students are also asked to bring 100€ for purchasing supplies at a local art supply store.
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.
Student will take six units (2 courses).
ARHS 4752 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.
Choose One Course below (limited to 12 students each):
ART 350 Visual Thinking by LMU Professor Jane Brucker (3 units)
Explorations: Creative Experience Core
Course description: 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 requires a lab fee.
THEA 227 Costume Design I by LMU Professor Leon Wiebers (3 units)
Explorations: Creative Experience Core
An introductory course in designing costumes for the stage which explores the aesthetic and practical contributions of costume design to productions of different genres, styles, and/or periods in theatre. Combining the development of practical skills and imagination, this course emphasizes the application of design elements and principles, research, process, silhouette, fabric choice, and script analysis in developing costume designs for both individual characters and overall ensemble. Projects require mastery of basic techniques necessary to convert visual and conceptual ideas into various presentable graphic forms. Craftsmanship is stressed in the execution of projects. Students will be assessed on their development and integration of concepts and principles into their critical and creative work, share their work with peers, and be required to critically review productions. This course requires a lab fee.
HOUSING AND MEALS
While in Florence students will stay in shared student apartments in the historic city center. All accommodations have private baths, kitchens, TV and air-conditioning. Hotel accommodation is included during the group excursions (listed below). Multiple group dinners are provided during the program, as well as breakfast during the excursions.
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 depending on selection location(s).
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
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