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Italy: Disegno Italia
Milan, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Creative Arts, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Best Fit Majors: Art and Design, Design and Merchandising
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Katie Jones, Nora MacDonald, Rhonda Reymond
Program Description:


Italy: Disegno Italia
Rome ItalyDisegno Italia’s FDM 225/ARHS 225: Introduction to Italian Culture is the first two-week course in a four-week, six-credit hour summer study abroad program. Students live in the medieval Tuscan town of San Giovanni Valdarno (Valley of the Arno River) daily interacting with local residents. The typical Roman garrison plan reveals the city’s history as a Florentine military outpost built in 1296 to protect her border lands. While there, students learn about Italian art, design, history, and language in the il Sillabo classroom and experience it firsthand. They will walk among ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins and the Medici Gardens in the hills of Fiesole; see Florence—the birthplace of the Renaissance and a new way of picturing the world; explore the traditions of winemaking at a fourth-generation-run Chianti vineyard; learn how economic necessity and agricultural history influenced local and regional food; and discover cosmopolitan Rome with its accretions of history, from the ancient forum to its grand Baroque vistas. Throughout the two weeks students also engage in a research project examining a design theme and tracing how it is expressed differently in each environment, and ultimately how place affects art and design.   

During the second two-weeks of the program the group will be in Milan attending classes at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), The second two weeks build from the early Italian art epochs covered at il Sillabo to the design culture of contemporary Italy in the design center of Milan. A choice of courses that specialize in different fields of design such as fashion design, fashion merchandising, interior design, graphic design, digital photography, and product design will be offered as will art history courses that examine Italian design and design in Milan. The courses contain lectures by professional designers and scholars from each field, field trips to professional venues and a graded project.  
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City: Milan

Country: Italy

Population: 1.251 million

Information: Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end dining and shopping. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

Places of Interest:
Milan Cathedral
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Sforza Castle

City: Rome

Country: Italy

Population: 2.627 million

Information: Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Places of Interest:
Trevi Fountain


Course(s) associated with this program (student's choice):

First two weeks: San Giovanni Valdarno

1)      FDM 225/ARHS 225, Introduction to Italian Culture


Second two weeks: Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Milan  

The first three courses are official WVU courses, the others are Special Topics courses – NABA course titles are in parentheses

1)      FDM 222 Fashion Styling Workshop (Fashion Image & Styling)

2)      FDM 232, Fashion Design Workshop (Fashion Design II)

3)      FDM 233, Fashion Accessories Workshop (Accessories Design)

4)      FDM 293: SPTP: Fashion Trend Scouting

5)      FDM 293: SPTP: Best of Fashion in Milano (Cultural Tour of the Best in Fashion in Milan)

6)      ID 293: SPTP: Interior Design

7)      DSM 293: SPTP: Product Design II

8)      ART 293A: SPTP: Photography II

9)      ART 293C: SPTP: Digital Illustration

10)   ART 293B: SPTP: Sketching Around Milan

11)   ARHS 393/DSM 393: SPTP: Best of Design in Milano (Cultural Tour of the Best in Design in Milan)

12)   DSM 293: SPTP: Food Design


Nora MacDonald will be the primary faculty leader for the 2017 program
Rhonda Reymond is the main contact person for the School of Art and Design
Katie Jones


Total Program Cost $ * Does not Include Airfare

Program Fee Includes:
* Travel Insurance
* Rome Excursion
* Program Costs through Il Sillabo and NABA
* 9 lunch vouchers while at NABA
* Lodging in shared apartments
* Required field trips

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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