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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: SNC applicants only
  • Program Cost:: J-Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Experiential
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:

Location IconART 337: Rome & Western Culture Through the Visual Arts (C-WT, C-AD) with Professor Ries will explore Rome as a living museum of important western intellectual and artistic traditions with foundations in antiquity. Students will engage with Renaissance and Baroque architecture, art, and intellectual works in context, as well as Roman architectural sites, sculpture, and objects.  Western artistic traditions, the influence of patronage and influences on contemporary ideas will be discussed alongside the works. Visits will include Roman sites, churches, Roman and Vatican museums, and contemporary art museums. Some sites relevant to the topic outside of Rome will be visited for short trips. Students will be able to respond to these experiences with studio works in clay, sketchbook drawings, and written blog posts.
Orientation IconYou are required to attend the Pack+Prep session facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement during the Fall 2018 term. Please see the Events page for the date, time, and location. You also will engage in pre-departure programming with Professor Ries prior to your departure.  

Academics IconRome & Western Culture Through the Visual Arts is a 4-credit course (C-WT, C-AD) offered by Professor Ries. As a result of participating in the course, you will:
  • Understand Ancient Greek and Roman influences on Renaissance and Baroque art and thought through written and visual formats
  • Make connections between western historical visual and cultural traditions and contemporary arts
  • Reflect on experiences and articulate connections to creativity through writing and in a public format
 Course activities, including your work at C.R.E.T.A. Rome, include: 
  • Reading about time periods: Antiquity and Rome, the Renaissance and the Baroque, in addition to sites and works of art
  • Creating artistic forms in clay and on paper that respond to historical works
  • Documenting and reflecting on experiences through a sketchbook diary
  • Completing a public project Blog and Digital Commons final project 
Housing IconStudents will reside in the casa ferie Santa Lucia Filippini, a former monastery two blocks from the art studio. Double rooms will be provided (i.e., two students per room). 

Travel Doc IconNo visa is required to travel to Italy for under 90 days. All students must have a valid passport. U.S. Immigration requires all passports to be valid for up to 6 months after return date. 

Contact IconFor more information, please contact the faculty director (Professor Ries), the program assistant (Professor Kupinsky), or Dr. Jeremy Doughty
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change.

Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experience:
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Overall Learning::
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Program Reviews:
J-Term 2018 Participant
I loved this program because I was able to further my own learning and artistic experiences while expanding my cultural horizons. This was an excellent class and I would highly recommend it to any and everyone.

Elizabeth Hein, J-Term 2018 Participant
It was easy to feel inspired by such an incredible city as Rome. Being able to apply what we learned exploring the city to our work in the studio helped me make a deeper connection to the Roman culture.

J-Term 2018 Participant
Being able to actually walk around and view the places that we were learning about was absolutely amazing and so much better than just looking at pictures of the places inside a classroom. You're surrounded by the language, the food, and it's eye-opening to see the differences in your culture as opposed to the Italian culture.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 05/01/2018 05/11/2018 01/02/2019 01/17/2019
NOTE: Professor Ries will confirm the travel dates in Italy following the application deadline. January 02 is the arrival date in Rome and January 17 is the departure date from Rome. (It will be rad!)