Designed for both art and non-art majors, this program challenges you to transform your Italian experience into art. Choose from printmaking, fashion design, painting, drawing, and more; close instruction by practicing artists encourage your contemporary work in response to Florentine traditions. Italy’s history, culture, and art are typical themes of complementary elective courses. Studio art courses are taught at our partner institution, Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA). Semester students choose to attend elective courses at SRISA or at both SRISA and the CEA Florence Center; over the summer you will take courses only at SRISA. At the end of your program, you will exhibit your work at SRISA’s highly visible art gallery.
Choose to take courses at both the CEA Florence Center and SRISA or take all your courses at our partner institution, SRISA.
By selecting our CEA & SRISA Hybrid program, you choose to take courses at both institutions. You’ll enroll in 1 CEA language course, 1-2 SRISA studio art courses, and 1-3 CEA elective courses.
By selecting our SRISA-Only program, you choose to take courses exclusively at SRISA. You’ll enroll in 1 SRISA language course, 1-3 SRISA studio art courses, and 1-3 SRISA electives.
CEA and SRISA language courses meet for 60 contact hours/4 credits; CEA and SRISA elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits; and SRISA studio art courses meet for 45-90 contact hours/3 credits.
Each semester, you may earn a total of up to 16 credits (up to 240 contact hours). Over an academic year, you may earn a total of 26-32 credits (up to 480 contact hours).
CEA language courses meet 4 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Elective courses generally meet 2 times per week, Monday-Thursday; some SRISA classes may only meet once per week. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.
Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and indicate your estimated Italian language level. After you arrive in Florence, you'll take a language placement exam to determine final placement. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Italy. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
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