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Art & Design in Tuscany
Prato, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Housing Options: Dormitory / Student Residence
Academic Area: Art & Design
Program Description:
Art and Design Actual
Program Dates: May 25 – June 23, 2017

Program Overview
The Art & Design in Tuscany study abroad program is an interdisciplinary program designed to bring together students from the arts, graphic design, interior design and photography in a specialized and intensive program. Through this program, students will gain an in-depth cultural and historical understanding of Italian architecture as a framework for developing meaningful graphic design campaigns rooted in the Prato community or evaluating the visual presence and an aesthetic sense of structures and spaces through photography. The program will offer 3 courses.  Students must enroll in the architectural history course and select a second course in graphic design or photography for a total of 6 credits.

Students must have taken one of the following courses to participate:
AHS 170: Survey of Western Art History OR
ARTS 2231: History of Art I OR
INTD 3315: History of Architecture and Interiors I

Courses Offered: 

Required for all students: 

History of Architecture in Italy
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of Italian design in architecture, interior design, furniture and the decorative arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Students will have an experiential education in the art and architecture of the Tuscany region while participating in on-site visits to historical sites and museums in Pompeii, Rome, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Medici Villa a Poggio a Caiano, and Vicenza. Emphasis is placed on historical, cultural, and contextual influences and their impact on contemporary design issues. 

Choose one of the following: 

Design Advocacy
This class will educate students on how to conceive and execute projects for social change. This is a rapidly growing area of design. The non-profit is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. This class invites students to use their creative thinking skills to frame challenges, seek opportunities, and offer innovative ways of communicating on the topic. Emphasis will be on projects with real-world outcomes that directly impact peoples' lives and are rooted in the Prato community.   

Architectural and Interiors Photography in Italy
Successful architectural photography captures the visual presence and aesthetic sense of structures and spaces. It can both document its subjects while evoking a sense of place and even time. In this hands-on course, students will learn and apply essential techniques needed to create successful images of architectural subjects and interiors. We will use Prato's diverse historic and modern structures to learn how to create photographs that accurately represent buildings, structures and interiors, by themselves and in the context of their locations. We will explore topics such as dealing with distortion due to perspective and space constraints, working in tight spaces, lighting challenges due to problematic shadows and color, drawing attention to relevant features and details, and capturing ambience as well as information. Historic Prato provides abundant opportunities for students to experientially learn how images can capture the cultural character and historic presence of spaces and structures. The class also will examine the capabilities of software such as Lightroom and Photoshop for perspective correction, color correction, lighting and contrast adjustment, and stitching together multiple images ("panoramas") to reduce perspective distortion and increase the capture of details.

Program Fee: $5,700 
Airfare, accommodation, meal plan, Italian cell phone, international health insurance, ground transportation to and from JFK, airport pickup, welcome & farewell dinners, and a comprehensive orientation program. Also included are excursions to: 
* Pompeii
* Rome
* Luca
* Pisa
* Florence
* Medici Villa a Poggio a Caiano
* Vicenza

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.