Study Abroad

Art in Italy 2014

Want to know more about Study Abroad Opportunities?

The International Program Center is dedicated to finding the right program for each student, and the huge array of partner universities allow them to do just that. Please call (336) 334-5404 or stop by IPC - 207 Foust to schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor. Some Schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts also provide additional resources to support studying abroad. Please connect with your major advisor for more information.

Do I need approval from the College to study abroad?

There is no formal approval process for students that wish to study abroad. Contact the International Program Center and speak with your major advisor to get things started.

Does the College recommend any particular programs for arts students wishing to study abroad?

All of our disciplines have worked with the International Program Center to create informational flyers for students interested in studying abroad. Check those out and connect with your major advisor for more information.

Does the College of Visual and Performing Arts offer any study abroad programs?

Yes. CVPA regularly offers short-term study abroad experiences, typically in the summers, for students wishing to focus on their arts discipline. For example, the UNCG Wind Ensemble recently staged a performance tour of continental Europe. Fourteen UNCG dancers participated in the Franciscan “Day of Forgiveness” in Perugia, Italy. The School of Art sponsors a trip to Italy (see below) on even-year summers. Additional experiences are crafted by faculty members and announced internally for interested students.

Will Study Abroad fulfill my International Experience requirement for Honors College?

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) has agreed that any International Honors student going abroad on a semester or year-long exchange program will meet their LIHC international experience requirement. For students who take part in short term summer programs, the individual program must meet the approval of the LIHC committee. A list of approved short term programs can be found on this LIHC web site: http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/current/international-experience.htm Some experiences offered through the college, like the School of Art’s Italy trip, are approved; others may be in process. You can find out by contacting the faculty member(s) organizing the trip!

The Art of Italy: Rome 2016

Italy

Information Sheet

Program

This four week program will offer students a total of 6 credit hours of art history and/or studio art classes taught on location in Rome, one of the greatest Western cities and long a hub of artistic practice and patronage. Students will study the great monuments of Renaissance and Baroque Rome and will use the city’s museums, streets, piazzas and parks as a studio in drawing and sketchbook classes. Through valuable, first-hand encounters with art and the fabric of the city, students will develop a deep understanding of art’s context, materiality, and cultural function, both historical and contemporary. Students will also develop a better appreciation for the historical relevance of Rome as a major artistic center and the interconnectedness of Italian visual culture and daily life in its modern cities.

This program is an approved international experience for members of the Lloyd International Honors College and therefore fulfills the international requirement for those Honors students pursuing International Honors.

Dates

Program date: June 18 - July 16, 2016. This program will be taught in Rome with one mandatory weekend field trip to Naples and Pompeii where we will see extraordinary works of classical, Renaissance, and Baroque art.

Accommodations

Students will be housed either in a dormitory or fully-furnished apartments in the center of the city. Public transportation provides easy access to all parts of the city, and students will find a myriad of small grocery stores, inexpensive restaurants, and coffee bars which will allow them to experience daily life as locals do.

Courses

Students will enroll in ARH ### and another course of their choosing. All courses are 3 credits. All majors are welcome! Students do not need to be art or art history majors to attend, however, ARH ### does carry a prerequisite of ART 100 or ARH 111. Students who have not completed one of these prerequisites are encouraged to do so before the program begins, or to speak to one of the faculty directors about the possibility of waiving the prerequisite.

  • ARH ###: Papal Rome: The Renaissance and the Baroque Periods
  • ARH 400: Independent Study*
  • ART 222: The Artist's Sketchbook in Italy
  • ART 322: Variable Topics in Drawing/Artist Sketchbook: Methods & Making

*Available only to art history majors who have fulfilled their Studio requirement. For more course details see program website.

Before leaving students are encouraged to take any of the department's 300-level art history classes that compliment the study abroad experience, such as ARH 302 Roman Art, ARH 312 Gothic Art (which is divided between France and Italy), ARH 321 Italian Renaissance Art, 1300-1480 and ARH 322 Late Renaissance Art, 1480-1600. These courses will provide a valuable, broad context for the more specific lectures provided on-site in Italy.

Costs

Costs & Deadlines:

December 1st: $400 deposit
January 29th: $2025 (50% of balance)
March 4th: Proof of Flight purchase
March 25th: $2025 (50% of balance)

We expect these costs, which will include lodging in Rome and Naples, entrance fees to sites related to course work, and transportation related to program activities, not to exceed $5,000. Costs will not include airfare, meals, supplies, required texts, or spending money. Federal student aid may be applied to the program costs; please contact the UNCG Financial Aid Office for more information

Deadlines

Application

Acceptances to the program are generally announced before Thanksgiving break.

Faculty Directors

Prof. Christopher Thomas, MFA
Christopher Thomas is an artist who makes paintings, drawings and artist books. His work has been exhibited nationally at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and at Chicago's A.R.C. Gallery. Thomas received his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and his BFA from Arcadia University. Additionally, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Prof. Thomas may be reached at cmthoma3@uncg.edu.

Christopher Saucedo, MFA
Associate Professor in Studio Art, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

Dr. Lawrence Jenkens
PhD. NYU. Lawrence Jenkens is a professor of Italian Renaissance art history. He was first infected with a love of Italy as a child and has been addicted ever since. He has taught on several American university programs in Italy and since 2003 has directed faculty-led summer programs in Rome and Venice. "My goal for the students who study abroad with me is to make Italy a total experience and one that they will remember forever." Dr. Jenkens may be contacted directly at aljenken@uncg.edu

The Art of Italy: Florence 2018

Italy

Florence Pamphlet

Program

On this 4-week immersive program students will enroll in a total of 6 credits of art history and/or drawing courses taught on location in Florence, the most important of Renaissance cities. Through invaluable first-hand encounters with art at historic churches, museums and galleries, Renaissance villas and palaces, students will develop a deep understanding of art's context, materiality and cultural function, both past and present. Students will also gain a better appreciation for the historical relevance of Florence as an artistic center and the interconnectedness of Italian visual culture and daily life in the modern city of today.

This program is an approved international experience for members of the Lloyd International Honors College and therefore fulfills the international requirement for those Honors students pursuing International Honors.

Dates

Program date: June 2018. The program will be taught in Florence except for a 4-day, 3-night trip to Rome and a day trip to the Tuscan city of Siena..

Accommodations

Each student will have their own bed within shared, fully-equipped, modern apartments inside the 19th C. Palazzo dei Ciompi, located within the historic center of Florence, a short walk from most major sites. Small grocery stores, fruit stands, bakeries, affordable restaurants and banks with ATMs are all nearby. In Rome we will stay three nights at a hotel within the city's historic center.

Courses

Students will enroll in ARH 395 and another course of their choosing. All courses are 3 credits. All majors are welcome! Students do not need to be art or art history majors to attend, however, ARH 395 does carry a prerequisite of ART 100 or ARH 111. Students who have not completed one of these prerequisites are encouraged to do so before the program begins, or to speak to one of the faculty directors about the possibility of waiving the prerequisite.

  • ARH 395: Florence and the Medici
  • ARH 400: Independent Study*
  • ART 222: The Artist's Sketchbook in Italy
  • ART 322: Variable Topics in Drawing/Artist Sketchbook: Methods & Making

*Available only to art history majors who have fulfilled their Studio requirement. For more course details see program website.

Before leaving students are encouraged to take any of the department's 300-level art history classes that compliment the study abroad experience, such as ARH 302 Roman Art, ARH 312 Gothic Art (which is divided between France and Italy), ARH 321 Italian Renaissance Art, 1300-1480 and ARH 322 Late Renaissance Art, 1480-1600. These courses will provide a valuable, broad context for the more specific lectures provided on-site in Italy.

Itinerary

The program's common course, ARH 395, surveys the art and architecture commissioned by the Medici in the early 15th century until the death of Grand Duke Cosimo II in 1621, while both drawing courses will directly engage the city's Renaissance and modern environment as both subject and inspiration. The group will collectively visit sites including the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, San Lorenzo, San Marco, and the Bargello. We also visit St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums in Rome, the Cathedral and Palazzo Pubblico of Siena.

Additional sites to be visited in Florence include:

  • Accademia (Michelangelo's David)
  • Brancacci Chapel, Sta. Maria del Carmine
  • Palazzo Pitti, including the Galleria Palatina
  • Florence Cathedral (il Duomo)
  • Medici Palace and the Chapel of the Magi
  • Santa Croce (including museum)
  • Santa Maria Novella

Costs

Cost of program: TBD. This includes lodging in Florence and Rome, entrance fees to all sites related to coursework, and travel within Italy. Costs do not include airfare, meals, art supplies, required texts and spending money. Federal student aid may be applied to the program cost; please contact UNCG's International Programs for more information.

Deadlines

  • December 2017: Accepted and participating students will need to pay a $400 non-refundable deposit. This amount will go towards the final cost of the trip.
  • February 2018: Half of the remaining balance is due
  • March 2018: Students will need to provide proof of flight arrangements
  • April 2018: Second half of balance is due

Faculty Directors

Prof. Barbara Campbell Thomas
MFA UC Berkeley, 2000. Barbara Campbell Thomas is an artist who works primarily in painting and collage. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and abroad. At UNCG, Prof. Campbell Thomas teaches all levels of painting and drawing. She is thrilled to be teaching in the art department's first study abroad program to Florence, as she studied studio art and art history in Italy as an undergraduate student and has been hopelessly in love with the country ever since. Prof. Campbell Thomas may be reached at becampbe@uncg.edu.

Dr. Heather Holian
PhD. Indiana Univ., 2001. Dr. Holian teaches the art history of Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe and Renaissance Italy. She is particularly interested in the Medici of Florence, and especially the 16th C. portraiture of this dynasty's female members, which forms the bulk of her recent published work. Dr. Holian has lived in Florence and considers it a second home. Her favorite art experience in Florence is seeing Jacopo Pontormo's Deposition in Sta. Felicita on a hot, sunny day, followed by a gelato, of course! Dr. Holian may be contacted directly at hlholian@uncg.edu.

Dr. Lawrence Jenkens
PhD. NYU. Lawrence Jenkens is a professor of Italian Renaissance art history. He was first infected with a love of Italy as a child and has been addicted ever since. He has taught on several American university programs in Italy and since 2003 has directed faculty-led summer programs in Rome and Venice. "My goal for the students who study abroad with me is to make Italy a total experience and one that they will remember forever." Dr. Jenkens may be contacted directly at aljenken@uncg.edu