USA Visual Arts in Italy
The University of South Alabama, Department of Art and Art History
The USA Department of Art and Art History’s 2020 summer study abroad program in Venice and Northern Italy provides students from all majors the opportunity to explore first-hand the art, architecture, archaeology, and culture of Italy. Spanning fifteen days in Italy from May 17th (Departing May 16th) to May 31st, our trip will begin in the Renaissance city of Venice where we will visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and tour Venice’s famous Murano glass factories. From Venice we will move to Ravenna, the western capital of the once powerful Byzantine Empire. Students will be inspired by sixth century glass mosaics and the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. We will then move to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet and one of the largest Roman amphitheaters outside the city of Rome. We will end our trip in Milan, one of the great Fashion capitals of the world, where will visit the animation studio of Bruno Bozzetto. Free days have been set aside over the course of the trip to allow students the opportunity to explore Italy on their own. Courses will be taught by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History: Program Director, Kara K. Burns, PH.D. (Associate Professor of Art History), Matthew Patterson, MFA (Assistant Professor of Glass) and Karl Jahnke, MFA (Assistant Professor of Animation). Up to six credit hours may be earned in studio art, art history, classics, and/or museum studies. Courses meeting Gen Ed, Honors, and Writing intensive requirements of the university will be offered in these areas. Some work will be required prior to and after the trip.
Accommodations and Meals
Accommodations are based on shared occupancy. Single accommodations are available for an additional charge. Also included are daily breakfasts and welcome and departure dinners.
Students may register for two classes with up to six (6) credit hours awarded. Registration for classes will be handled on an individual basis in an effort to best meet the educational needs of the student.
Art History/Classics/Museum Studies Courses (Dr. Kara Burns)
ARH 100: History of Art (Gen Ed), (3) Prerequisite: none (Gen Ed)
ARH 100: History of Art (Gen Ed-Honors Section), (3) Prerequisite: none (Gen Ed)
ARH/CLA 290: History of Art and Architecture of Italy, (3) Prerequisite: none
ARH/CLA 290: History of Art and Architecture of Italy - Honors (3) Prerequisite: none
ARH 390: Art and Architecture of Venice (3) Prerequisite: none
ARH 390: Art and Architecture of Venice - Honors (3) Prerequisite: none
ARH 492: Seminar Titian and the Venetian School Writing Intensive (W), (3), Prerequisite: 2 Upper division Art History, Classics, Anthropology, or History Courses
ARH 494: Directed Studies Study Abroad (3) Prerequisite: 2 Upper division Art History, Classics, Anthropology, or History
MUM 390: Italian Museums and Archaeological Sites (3) Prerequisite: None
Studio Art Courses (Prof. Matthew Patterson Courses)
ARS 101: Art Appreciation
ARS 211: Glass Art, Science, History - possibly an honors component
ARS 290: Special Topics: Drawing - Journal Sketchbook
ARS 212: Intro to Glass Blowing
ARS 311: Kiln Form Glass
ARS 312: Intermediate Glass
ARS 412: Advanced Glass
ARS 411: Advanced Kiln Form Glass
ARS 414: Studies in Glass
ARS 494: Directed Studies Glass
(Prof. Karl Jahnke Courses)
ARS 121: Perceptual Drawing I
ARS 122: Perceptual Drawing II
ARS 200 Introduction to Animation
ARS 201 2D Animation I
ARS 301 2D Animation II
ARS 290 Special Topics - Animation Inspiration and Environmental Studies
ARS 494: Directed Studies in Animation
Some coursework will be required prior to and after the trip. Students may opt to pursue only three credit hours; however, program fees are fixed
and allow up to six credit hours. Fees will not change for lower hour enrollments.
Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
The cost of the USA Visual Arts in Italy 2019 program is $5,199. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 10 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program. THIS IS THE OIE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH JAGSPOT.
Program costs include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations as described above, daily breakfasts, welcome and departure dinners in Italy, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Tuition for up to six (6) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.
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. International airfare is not included in the price of the program. The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance.
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates, international airfare, and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
See Summarized Cost and Payment Information: Visual Arts in Italy.pdf
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. A program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 1, 2020. Final payment deadline is April 17, 2020. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which is fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the application deadline of February 1, 2020.
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 2020. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
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:
Dr. Kara Burns, Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Art History
The USA Office of International Education
2300 Meisler Hall