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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: SNC applicants only
  • Program Cost:: J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Experiential
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:


This course 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, rubbings and impressions, sketchbook diaries and blogposts.  View the presentation (PPT.pdf) and syllabus (Syllabus.docx).  

You are encouraged to attend the three optional Pack+Prep sessions facilitated by Study Abroad during the Fall 2017 term. You are required to attend the mandatory orientation. Please see the Events page for dates, times, and locations. You will also engage in pre-departure programming with Professor Kupinsky prior to your departure.  

Rome & Western Culture Through the Visual Arts is a 4-credit course (C-WT, C-AD) offered by Professor Kupinsky. 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 

Students 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). 

Visa Information

No 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. 

Health and Safety

All students will be provided with HTH Worldwide Insurance by Study Abroad, which provides comprehensive injury/illness coverage. The insurance only covers you during your program dates, so any students traveling for an additional amount of time should purchase other insurance. Students will be traveling with Professor Kupinsky throughout the program as an SNC group. 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the faculty leader, Professor Kupinsky or Dr. Jeremy Doughty
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2018 05/01/2017
05/08/2017 01/03/2018 01/19/2018
NOTE: Professor Kupinsky will confirm the travel dates in Italy following the application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.