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Study Abroad

Study in Italy with UA Art and Art History in May 2021!

Program Overview

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama is hosting a study abroad experience in Italy scheduled for May 9 through May 24, 2021. The program focuses on art history and studio art and will travel to the historic cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice visiting Tuscan hill towns of Siena and San Gimignano along the way. In Rome we will visit the Forum, the Capitoline Museum, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Borghese Villa, and the Vatican Museums. In Florence, we’ll visit the Uffizi Museum, the Galleria dell’ Academia, the Bargello Museum, the Cathedral Complex, and other major monuments. In Venice, we will explore some of the city’s most iconic sites, including Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, and the Doge’s Palace. Among all of these excursions, there is also time reserved for drawing, painting, or exploring your own creative media, as well as free time for exploring the cities and cultures. The program will be guided, and courses taught, by University of Alabama professors Tanja Jones and Jason Guynes. Up to six credit hours may be earned in studio art and/or art history courses with some work required prior to and after the trip.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will reside in centrally located, 3- and 4-star hotels throughout the program. Accommodations are based on shared occupancy of 2-4 persons per room (separate beds). Single accommodations are available for an additional charge. Also included are daily breakfasts and welcome and departure dinners.

Tentative Hotels:

Rome Hotel Milani *** https://www.hotelmilanirome.com/
Siena Hotel Minerva *** https://albergominerva.it/
Florence Hotel S.Giorgio & Olimpic *** https://www.hotelsangiorgioflorence.com/
Venecia Hotel Villa Rosa ** https://www.villarosahotel.com/it/

Courses

a large group of students posing outside an old building
Art history graduate students in Florence, Italy.

Students may register for two classes with up to six (6) credit hours awarded. Typically, students will register for one studio course and one art history course. Registration for classes will be handled on an individual basis in an effort to best meet the educational needs of the student. Studio courses include any level of drawing or painting or directed studies in studio art. ART 208/408 Special Projects: Study Abroad Studio, ART 410 Drawing Seminar, and ART 416 Advanced Painting Seminar will be offered in the areas of Drawing and Painting. Other studio courses may also be arranged. The art history courses offered are ARH 367 Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence and ARH 467 Topics in Renaissance Art: Renaissance Art in Venice and Rome. Some course work will be required prior to and after the trip.

This program offers a total of 6 credit hours.

  • ART 208 – Study Abroad Studio, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 367 – Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 371 – Baroque Art South Europe, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 406 – Independent Study, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 408 – Study Abroad Studio, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 410 – Drawing Seminar, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 416 – Advanced Painting Seminar, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 467 – Topics in Renaissance Art: Renaissance Art in Venice and Rome, (W), (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 565 – Topics Renaissance Art, (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 598 – Graduate Independent Study, (3 Credit Hours)

Program Costs

The cost of the UA Art and Art History in Italy program will be determined and published soon.

Program costs include 6 credit hours of coursework, all in-country transportation, accommodations as described above, daily breakfasts, welcome and departure dinners in Italy, specified museum and site entrance fees, and international health and emergency insurance.

All meals, other than breakfasts and specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for art supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.

Payment Schedule and Deadline

Study Abroad with UA Art in Italy, group photo at the Colosseum in Rome.
Study Abroad with UA Art in Italy, group photo at the Colosseum in Rome.

Program Applications are available here.

Financial aid may be applied to this course. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2021. Any use of financial aid for program fees must be verified and approved by the Financial Aid Office and presented to the Study Abroad Office.

This course is part of the UA summer schedule of courses. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.

For additional information, please contact:

Jason Guynes, Chairperson
Department of Art and Art History
205-348-994
jguynes@ua.edu

Tentative Itinerary

Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.

Sunday – May 9, 2021

Morning: Arrive in Rome, meet with On-Site Program Coordinator at the airport, then transfer to accommodations
Afternoon: Settle in and attend on-site orientation
Evening: Welcome dinner

Meals: Welcome dinner
Transportation: Airport to accommodations (one group transfer via private coach); accommodations to dinner (walking)

Monday – May 10, 2021

Day: Spend the morning exploring the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Afternoon: Visit the Capitoline Museums

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to visits (public transportation passes provided and walking)

Tuesday – May 11, 2021

Day: Excursion to Vatican City, beginning with the Vatican Museums, followed by a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to visits (public transportation passes provided)

Wednesday – May 12, 2021

Morning: Villa Farnesina
Afternoon: Villa Borghese

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to visits (public transportation passes provided)

Thursday – May 13, 2021

Free time to explore Rome and work.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Walking

Friday – May 14, 2021

Morning: depart for Siena via private coach stopping by Orvieto along the way to visit the cathedral
Afternoon: Free time to explore Siena and work.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Private coach

Saturday – May 15, 2021

Morning: Visit Siena Cathedral
Afternoon: Free time to explore Siena and work.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transportation: Walking

Sunday – May 16, 2021

Morning: Check out of accommodations and depart for Florence via private coach stopping at San Gimignano along the way
Afternoon: Arrive in Florence, transfer to accommodations, and embark on a faculty-led walking tour of the city

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: private coach

Monday – May 17, 2021

Morning: Visit the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, and Cattedrale di Santa Maria di Fiore including entry to the baptistry, bell tower and cupola
Afternoon: Visit Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Walking

Tuesday – May 18, 2021

Day: Excursions to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo complex, and San Marco Monastery

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Walking

Wednesday – May 19, 2021

Day: Free Day to explore Florence and work.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to visits (walking)

Thursday – May 20, 2021

Day: Visit the Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria di Novella, & Galleria dell’Accademia

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Walking

Friday – May 21, 2021

Morning: Check out of accommodations in Florence and transfer to the train station for travel to Venice
Afternoon: Arrive in Venice and transfer to accommodations; free time to explore Venice and work

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to Florence train station (walking); Florence to Venice (high-speed train); around Venice (walking)

Saturday – May 22, 2021

Day: explore some of Venice’s most iconic sites, including visits to Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, and the Doge’s Palace

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to visits (walking)

Sunday – May 23, 2021

Day: Day trip to Padua to visit the Arena Chapel
Night: Farewell Dinner in Venice

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Transportation: Accommodations to Padua and return via train, tickets provided

Monday – May 24, 2021

Morning: Check out of accommodations and transfer to airport via boat for return flight home

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to airport (one group airport transfer via boat)