Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Florence: Courses

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Choose one course from the list below. Please note that all courses are taught in English.

Maymester Courses Taught in English

ADM 104/ADM 3855 (3) | Painting in Florence I

In this course, students are taught how to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two dimensional surface. Students explore hands-on approaches to paint application, color, structure and composition, and experiment with different ways of applying the paint. They learn to imitate the techniques of painters such as Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso. This course includes classroom assignments and painting out of doors in places such as the Boboli gardens and the hills around Florence. Classroom assignments are also related to the city of Florence, and students work with their own photographic material. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the subject, and will also prepare students for the next course in the sequence. A studio fee is levied for this course.

ADM 204/ADM 4855 (3) | Painting in Florence II

In this course, particular problems associated with tone and light are studied, including side lighting, candle lighting, and artificial lighting. Studio practice is combined with discussion, critique and demonstration. Students are encouraged to talk about their work with the instructor and fellow students to clarify their objectives and problems. The course includes open air painting and work in the studio. It follows on from ADM 112 and builds on the principles established in that course. A studio fee is levied on this course. Prerequisites: ADM 112

ADM 312/ADM 5855 (3) | Painting in Florence III

This is an advanced painting course, structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented with. There are advanced discussions of style, color, form, composition and subject matter. This course includes outdoor painting and work in the studio. This course follows on from and builds upon, ADM 212 Painting in Florence II. A studio fee is levied on this course.

ARH 273/AVC 4800 (1) | Introduction to Italian Art

This course examines developments in early Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. Students consider early Italian art from the Etruscans and Romans up to the Renaissance, in art historical context, particularly in terms of patronage and the key social, religious and philosophical events. It is normally taught during field study visits, which include Lucca, Pisa, Venice, and Rome. A field project paper is normally required.

HST/ANTH 315/HST 5825 (3) | Italian Food and Culture

According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman, the tastes and flavors of a country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective memory. This course examines the geography, history and culture of Italian regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including differences in how food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions. A visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.

MKT 370/MKT 5810 (3) | Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

Consumer psychology within the context of the consumption of fashion and luxury products and services is complex and is influenced by many factors. A thorough analysis and understanding of these factors allows organizations to plan effective marketing activities suitable to their target markets. This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services. Prerequisites: MKT 5200

4-Week Program

Please note that all courses are taught in English apart from Italian language. Choose 2 courses. Students taking both the optional Rome pre-tour and the optional Venice excursion can also register for the Introduction to Italian course and earn 1 extra credit.

Italian Language Courses

ITL 103/ITL 3831 (3) | Elementary Italian I

A thorough, basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context—key to making the most of the experience of their stay in Italy.

ITL 203/ITL 4831 (3) | Intermediate Italian I

This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively and accurately, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills for better understanding and response. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing letters and simple messages. Prerequisites: Two or three semesters of Italian and/or a pass at ITL 104 level.

Content Courses

ADM 104/ADM 3855 (3) | Painting in Florence I

In this course, students are taught how to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two dimensional surface. Students explore hands-on approaches to paint application, color, structure and composition, and experiment with different ways of applying the paint. They learn to imitate the techniques of painters such as Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso. This course includes classroom assignments and painting out of doors in places such as the Boboli gardens and the hills around Florence. Classroom assignments are also related to the city of Florence, and students work with their own photographic material. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the subject, and will also prepare students for the next course in the sequence. A studio fee is levied for this course.

ADM 204/ADM 4855 (3) | Painting in Florence II

In this course, particular problems associated with tone and light are studied, including side lighting, candle lighting, and artificial lighting. Studio practice is combined with discussion, critique and demonstration. Students are encouraged to talk about their work with the instructor and fellow students to clarify their objectives and problems. The course includes open air painting and work in the studio. It follows on from ADM 112 and builds on the principles established in that course. A studio fee is levied on this course. Prerequisites: ADM 112

ADM 312/ADM 5855 (3) | Painting in Florence III

This is an advanced painting course, structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented with. There are advanced discussions of style, color, form, composition and subject matter. This course includes outdoor painting and work in the studio. This course follows on from and builds upon, ADM 212 Painting in Florence II. A studio fee is levied on this course.

ADM 308/ADM 5870 (3) | Sketchbook of Florence

This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the role of drawing as an investigative process as well as an expressive means of communication. Drawing is used as a basic exploratory tool to examine Florence as the site for both subject—in particular, the river Arno—and as a research resource for the practice of drawing—especially in the Florentine Galleries and Museums. The course is divided between working in the studio and on location in Florence. The sketchbook is an essential aspect of the course in helping students to document the city, stimulate and develop ideas and as a reminder that drawing is a portable medium. A studio fee is levied on this course.

ADM 341/ADM 5860 (3) | Photography for the Media

Recommended for communications and journalism majors as well as photographers, this course develops knowledge and experience in photojournalism via the study of the work of major practitioners and the production of assignments typical of today’s photojournalists. Students will need to provide a DSRL (digital reflex) camera and a laptop (with any basic photo editing software). There is a studio fee for this course.

ARH 273/AVC 4800 (1) | Introduction to Italian Art

This course examines developments in early Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. Students consider early Italian art from the Etruscans and Romans up to the Renaissance, in art historical context, particularly in terms of patronage and the key social, religious and philosophical events. It is normally taught during field study visits, which include Lucca, Pisa, Venice, and Rome. A field project paper is normally required.

ARH 275/AVC 4805 (3) | Early Renaissance Florentine Art

This course focuses on examples of Florentine art around 1400-1490: the foundation of the Renaissance style, and the emergence and development of Florentine Romanesque Gothic architecture, painting and sculpture. Students will study the period of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the golden age of Florentine art and culture. Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico are examined in detail. Most of the classes are taught in Florentine museums and churches. A course-related field trip to Pisa and Lucca is included. Students will need to budget for admission to museums and galleries, which is not included in the course fee.

ARH 317/AVC 5835 (3) | History of Italian Fashion

This course covers the birth, evolution, decline, revival and most recent developments of Italian fashion from the late gothic period to current Made in Italy design. It looks at Italian fashion styles in relation to art history in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its relation to culture, subculture, gender, and communication are emphasized. On-site visits illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2

ARH 323/AVC 5825/AVC 5825 (3) | Masters of Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci

This course examines the extraordinary variety and complexity of the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo’s work can be viewed as a lens through which students can explore aspects of science, anatomy and the human body, portraiture, perspective and religious painting in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Taught largely on site, in and around Florence, it includes a day trip to Vinci (Leonardo’s birthplace) and to Milan to view the Last Supper. Course-related field trips are normally held on Fridays. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2

ARH 340/AVC 5820/AVC 5820 (3) | Italian Renaissance Architecture

This course explores the principle architects, monuments and themes of fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian architecture. After an overview of Greek and Roman architecture, used as models and sources of inspiration for medieval architecture during the 15th and 16th century, students examine some of the most imposing and influential constructions of Tuscan Romanesque and Gothic style. The main emphasis is on Renaissance architecture in Florence but includes reference to architectural developments in Rome, Urbino and Mantua. Aspects of Renaissance architecture (architectural theory, Medici and papal patronage, urban planning and church and palace design) are considered. The focus is on the following architects: Alberti, Brunelleschi, Michelozzi, Bramante, Michelangelo and Giulio Romano. In addition to visits to key Renaissance buildings and urban spaces in Florence, the course includes a field trip outside Florence. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2

ENT 315/ENT 5805 (3) | Italian Family Business and Entrepreneurship

Family businesses represent a very substantial part of business in Italy; most of them are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with few numbers of very large firms. These businesses produce a substantial share of the economy’s output, and employ a very large number of workers in different sectors within the economy. This course provides an insight into Italian businesses and entrepreneurship. Family business and entrepreneurship will be placed into a national context and the importance of family businesses for the Italian economy will be identified. The study of Italian businesses will analyze the characteristics of family businesses as well as the institutional actors, strategies, policies and initiatives. Prerequisites: MGT 4200 or ECN 4105 or ENT 4200

HST/ANTH 315 (3) | Italian Food and Culture

According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman, the tastes and flavors of a country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective memory. This course examines the geography, history and culture of Italian regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including differences in how food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions. A visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.

HST 350/HST 5810 (3) | History of Florence

This course covers the history of Florence, concentrating on its development as a city and a state before and during the Renaissance and the Early Modern period. The uniqueness of Florence is underlined by drawing comparisons with other cities in Italy and Europe. The course features primary source readings by such authors as Dante Alighieri, Dino Compagni, Giovanni Villani and Franco Sacchetti. Some lessons take place on site so that students experience this city’s past first-hand. Prerequisites: HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2

MKT 315/MKT 5805 (3) | Fashion Marketing and Retail

This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.

SCL 266/SCL 5855 (3) | Culture and Style in Italy

This course is recommended for students with an interest in contemporary Italian culture and style. The course focuses on aspects of post-war Italian culture including cuisine, fashion, religious beliefs and the persistence of superstition. Lectures cover topics such as the role of women, food and wine as cultural traditions, the effect of social change, and culture and style. Lectures are supported by field visits, food and wine tasting sessions, and audio-visual materials.