Florence 2018

  • What courses will I be taking?

    Students will enroll in FINA-A 399 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity (3 cr.) and FINA-S 497 Independent Study in Studio Art, VT: Sculpture (3 cr.). These classes can be used as a degree requirement for most art students, and as an elective for non-art students.

    The course will be taught in English by IU South Bend professor Dora Natella. Course activities will generate a travel journal for an exhibition in Florence at SRISA. The final journals, photographs and sketches will be exhibited on campus in Fall 2018.

  • What will we be doing?

    Classes will be held four days a week with opportunities to tour the city’s museums and monuments. This will offer students a chance to see the artwork up close and be inspired by Florence’s enormous artistic and cultural wealth. Students will get a Uffizzi Card, have access to a classroom, SRISA’s Cultural Program, computers, WiFi and a gallery space.

    There will be daily field-trips in and around the city, and opportunities for working on a travel journal. Longer day trips will include: Pisa by train, a visit to the museum of the cathedral, and the Leaning Tower. Weekend trip includes Siena, where we will go to Lucca, Chianti and Cinqueterre. An optional SRISA organized trip will include Venice.

  • What is the estimated cost of the trip?

    $4770 (plus 6 credits); this fee includes airfare, instructional fees, housing, health insurance, travel in Italy and Uffizzi card. It also includes $250 housing deposit, which will be credited to your student account if your apartment is undamaged. Students will need to bring a point-and-shoot camera and plan on additional funding for a journal self-published book. Meals are not included in this estimate. Fees may vary slightly as airfare is not yet purchased and apartment fees vary on accommodations. There are optional trips organized by SRISA which you may sign up for if you wish to but they are not included in the total cost.

  • What are the program requirements?

    This is a mixed-level class that is open to students of all levels including Fine Arts, and non-Fine Arts students. It may include alumni with a visual arts degree.

    The program can accommodate 10–15 students. All students must be registered IU Students with a minimum of sophomore credit status in good standing, with a minimum 2.7 GPA. IU South Bend Art students are welcome to apply, but any IU student may register. No drawing or sculpture experience is needed to enroll in this course. Preference will be given on a first come first serve basis.

  • Where will we be staying in Florence?

    The host school SRISA provides one, two and three bedroom apartments in the heart of Florence within walking distance to the school, museums and parks. Apartments are fully equipped with kitchen appliances.

  • Sounds good! When do I need to apply?

    Applications are due by February 1, 2018. A deposit of $200 is due by February 15, 2018 with the balance paid in full (or by commitment from Financial Aid) before departure. Trip costs posted to student’s account on acceptance and full airfare may be non refundable after April 1, 2018. Apply early as space is limited.

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