January 1 - 15, 2020

 TCLA-200 Art & Culture in Rome: Past and Present 
Dates: January 1-15, 2020
Credits: Critical Studies Elective | 3 Credits  
Who can participate? Open to all UArts students

This course takes a thematic approach to the study of art and culture in Rome, from classical antiquity to the present day. Free from the constraints of chronological sequence, we will explore visual artifacts in groups or pairs that share a common theme, learning about well-known periods and styles such as ancient architecture and the art of the Renaissance, as well as Futurism, mid-century modernist architecture, Rome’s prominent street art movement, and the iconic MAXXI (museum of 21st-century art/architecture), designed by the legendary female Iraqi-British architect, Zaha Hadid. We will also consider the unique ways in which Rome integrates its quintessential past with its vibrant present through constantly changing contemporary art installations among its ancient ruins. A series of short, reflective assignments will help students learn fundamental concepts and encourage them to make important connections.      

Students will seek out lesser-known treasures from the surrounding areas of Rome such as cyclopean walls built by the ancient Hernici people 800 years before Rome and street art that acts as a protest against fascist sentiments still pervasive in Italian society today.
— Veronica Cianfrano, Faculty

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on —both in writing and verbally—connections between the study away experience and personal, cultural, and creative contexts.

  • Develop a critical language about the study away experience through synthesizing weekly readings on related topics, issues, and themes.

  • Collect, archive, and analyze research sources linked to study away experience.

  • Theorize a more globally conscious way of analyzing art, culture, and self.

Instructors: Sarina Miller and Veronica Cianfrano

Veronica Cianfrano

MFA '10

 Travel Package: $3,518 
Deposit $500 due on 9/10/2019
Final Payment due on 10/31/2019

Other costs to consider:

  • A $500 refundable security deposit for student apartment to be paid by 11/1/2019. This will be paid directly to the travel agent and will be refunded if no damages to accommodations. 

  • Budget for meals not included (see your itinerary for details on meals).

  • If you are in course overload for the spring semester, or if you are auditing the course the tuition rate is $134/credit or $402.

  • International cell phone plan.

  • $199 Optional Travel Protection Plan - cancel for any reason (per person).

  • Luggage overage fees and hotel incidentals are not included and are the responsibility of the program participants.
  • Passport application fees if you need to secure.

Application Checklist 

  Make sure you have a passport with an expiration date 6 months after the last day of your trip.

  Complete the Travel Course Application.  You can access it via the Student Forms page on the Portal.

  Look for your confirmation email!

  Go to Student Financial Service to pay your $500 deposit.

    In person payments: Student Financial Services office.

    Online payments: www.uarts.afford.com and select "Make a 1-Time Payment."  You will also need to send an email to Mariann Cardonick in SFS so that she can credit your account.  

  Complete Risk & Release form.

  Complete the Travel Information form, which includes a passport upload + emergency contacts.

  Wait for approval notification.

  Final payment due to SFS.

  Check your registration (you will automatically be registered upon final payment).

  Attend your pre-departure workshop.


Learn more

Caitlin Perkins, Coordinator for Short Travel