AIFS Abroad

AIFS Internships in Florence, Italy
Fall Semester 2010 and Spring Semester 2011
Course Descriptions

   

Internship schedule at a glance

Your first two weeks:

  • Intensive Italian course (3 credits)
  • Internship seminars to prepare students for the workplace

Students attend 4 hours of class Monday through Saturday in Italian. The Italian language course is mandatory for all students. Placement tests are given to ensure students are at the appropriate level of Italian. Since language demands are more challenging, students are often placed in a lower level than requested. Students should make sure the advisors at their home institutions are informed of this to avoid problems with credit transfer.

Intensive Italian Course
Course Code and Credits: ITL 103 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
Students build an essential vocabulary and assimilate basic grammar and sentence structures. Listening, grammar and comprehension exercises, repetition and easy conversation.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 104 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
This is a preparatory course to the intermediate level, designed for students who have already had one or two semester of Italian. Starts with basic grammar structures of the language but moves faster than Italian 103. Conversation is a central part.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 203 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
Students develop the ability to communicate correctly with expanded vocabulary. Conversational 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. Admission to the course is based on testing in Italian. Prerequisites: 3 or 4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 204 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
Complex grammar structures are reviewed. Exercises reinforce reading, composition, phonetics, syntax and style. Conversational practice continues. Admission is based on testing in Italian. Prerequisites: 4 or 5 semesters of Italian.

The rest of the semester:

Internship placement plus review meetings with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty for a total of 270 hours (6 credits) plus one course that must be related to the Internship seminar (3 credits) plus the regular Italian course (3 or 4 credits)

International Internship 486 (6)
Students intern in companies based in Florence for 12 weeks. Students taking the internship are also required to attend specially designed seminars throughout the semester. The Internship program combines workplace learning with classroom-based study and regular review sessions with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty. Credit is awarded only after successful completion of all aspects of the program. Internships are unpaid and monitored by the workplace supervisor and a Richmond faculty member.

In addition to working and attending the internship seminars, students are required to submit a journal recording duties and learning, as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience. They must also submit a final research paper describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students give a presentation on their internship.

Assessment is based on the above criteria. Grades of A to F, with pluses and minuses, in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

The internship is offered in:

ARH 486 Internship in Art History

The additional course to be taken in Florence is listed below. If interested in a different Art History course among those offered, this should be agreed upon with the Internship Coordinator.

Art History
Course Code and Credits: ARH 358 (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of Florence: The Culture of Display
Course Description:
Focuses on visual culture and specifically on the purpose, role and practice of museums and galleries in Italy by exploring the organization and functioning of its most important museums. Florence offers particularly good examples of active and responsive local, regional and national museums covering a wide range of collections: the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace, the Bargello, Accademia, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and other great art sites. Through on-site visits to local museums and art institutions, students gain direct knowledge of administrative structures and ideological directions of a wide range of public foundations and institutions dedicated to preserve and propagate culture. This course is designed for students with a major in Art History or for those interested in museum or gallery work.

ADM 486 Internship in Art, Design and Media

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Art, Design and Media
Course Code and Credits: ADM 103 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Drawing
Course Description:
Topics include: (i) figure drawing: the study of the figure and form, the human body, its range of movement and importance in perceptions of art and nature. A model is provided and students are encouraged to work in a variety of media; (ii) structure and object: the world of visual analysis as well as a definition of technique. Still-life and objects provide examples for understanding perspective, planning and rendering as well as line, form, shape, space, value and texture; and (iii) outside drawing: the city of Florence and the Tuscan landscape are studies for understanding aerial- and linear- perspective. Students experiment with lead, charcoal, conté pencil and crayon and ink.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 306 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Drawing
Course Description:
This is a continuation of ADM 103 and includes figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing. Students will be stimulated to go more in-depth into the problematics related to the human figure (anatomy), perspective (several vanishing points) and object drawing (higher complexity, more varied tonality). This course also includes an introduction into a more individual handling of traditional drawing techniques.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 307 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Drawing
Course Description:
This is a continuation of ADM 306 and therefore includes figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing. Students will be stimulated to search for a more personal way of composing and choosing types of lines and mark making. Assignments are more complex and narrative/illustrative, requiring a more process-like approach, which students are asked to verbalize to their instructor and fellow students.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 215 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Painting
Course Description:
This course includes inside assignments and outside painting (from the Boboli gardens, hills around Florence, etc.) The inside assignments are still related to the city of Florence and students work with (their) photographic material. In all paintings students will develop the ability to distinguish the essential qualities of natural form in order to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two dimensional surface. Students are assisted in developing knowledge of color and a sense of structure and composition and experiment with different ways of applying the paint imitating some important painters (Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso).
Course Code and Credits: ADM 311 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Painting
Course Description:
Students build on the foundations laid in ADM 215. This course includes open air painting and work in the studio. Particular problems associated with tone and light are studied (side lighting, candle lighting, artificial lighting etc.). This class combines studio practice 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.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 312 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Painting
Course Description:
An extension of ADM 311, including outside painting and work in the studio. Structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented. There are discussions of topics such as style, color, form, composition and subject matter.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 341 (3)
Course Title: Photography for the Media
Course Description:
Recommended for Communications and Journalism majors as well as photographers, this course develops knowledge and experience in photojournalism and documentary photography by studying work of major practitioners and designing and shooting projects. Students need to provide a 35mm camera with manual controls, slide film and processing fees. There is a fee of 130 euros for developing. Students do not use a darkroom.
Course Code and Credits: ARH 358 (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of Florence: The Culture of Display
Course Description:
(see description above)

COM 486 Internship in Communications

The additional course to be taken in Florence is:

Communications
Course Code and Credits: ADM 341 (3)
Course Title: Photography for the Media
Course Description:
(see description above)

ECN 486 Internship in Economics

The additional course to be taken in Florence should be selected from the following:

Economics
Course Code and Credits: MKT 315 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
Course Description:
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. Prerequisite: one marketing or business course or advisor’s permission.
Course Code and Credits: INB 306 (3)
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
The course focuses on the economic, political and social environment for business in Europe. Within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the contrasting structure of the European economy compared to its major competitors, the single market, the Euro, Foreign Direct Investment, the role of multinationals, and the developing relationship between central and Eastern Europe and the EU. Several course-related visits are arranged. Prerequisite: one marketing or finance course or advisor’s permission.
Course Code and Credits: ARH 317 (3)
Course Title: Italian Fashion
Course Description:
The birth, evolution, decline, revival and most recent developments of Italian fashion from the late gothic period to current “made in Italy” design. 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. On-site visits illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion.

EDU 486 Internship in Education

The additional course to be taken in Florence should be selected from all Humanities courses (for 3 credits) listed on the regular Florence, Italy course page.)

INB 486 Internship in International Business

The additional course to be taken in Florence should be selected from the following:

International Business
Course Code and Credits: MKT 315 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
Course Description:
(see description above)
Course Code and Credits: INB 306 (3)
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
(see description above)
Course Code and Credits: ARH 317 (3)
Course Title: Italian Fashion
Course Description:
(see description above)

MKT 486 Internship in Marketing

The additional course to be taken in Florence should be selected from the following:

Marketing
Course Code and Credits: MKT 315 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
Course Description:
(see description above)
Course Code and Credits: INB 306 (3)
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
(see description above)
Course Code and Credits: ARH 317 (3)
Course Title: Italian Fashion
Course Description:
(see description above)

Italian Language – Regular Courses

Italian Language
Course Code and Credits: ITL 112 (4)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
For students with 1 or 2 semesters of Italian. Starts with basic grammar structure. Meets 5 hours per week. Conversation is central to every lesson.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 211 (4)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
This continuation of Italian 104 in orientation meets 5 hours a week. Students reach a solid level of linguistic competence.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 212 (4)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
This continuation of Italian 203 in orientation meets 5 hours a week. Use of the language is perfected and solid level of expression is attained through the choice of the most appropriate vocabulary and the use of complex tenses.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 303 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description:
Only students completing Italian 204 at orientation are admitted to this level. Based on textual analysis of readings from contemporary authors, newspapers and magazines, this course concentrates on the revision of complex syntactic structures and use of synonyms and idiomatic expressions. Meets 4 hours per week.