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Fall Program

The Rome Program offers an optional course of study in the fall semester each year to fourth-year students in graphic design and integrated studio arts as well as third-year students in interior design. This residential study-abroad opportunity provides a structured curriculum for the direct study of European, and in particular Italian, art and design from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The program offers students (what is for most) a first-time opportunity to travel abroad and experience the physical and cultural settings of major works of art and design overseas. In addition to significant buildings, the students are exposed to and study the urban geography and culture of a major European capital within the context of its regional landscape and the Italian urban tradition.

At the end of the program, students will:

  • have an understanding of the history and art history of Rome, its cultural development since antiquity, and the significance of many historic works of Roman art and design;
  • have a familiarity with the contemporary design culture of Europe and especially Italy, through guided field trips and direct living experience;
  • have completed major studio projects in their design area, making use of their knowledge and experience of Italian and European design culture; and
  • have first-hand knowledge of numerous contemporary and historic sites, buildings, and works of art, related to their course of study.


Students interested in participating in this program apply through ISUAbroad, an online application system designed specifically for study abroad. View the ISUAbroad program brochure for this program, which will allow you to start your application. Students interested in the fall 2017 program can apply at ISUAbroad beginning in January 2017.
Pre-departure Preparation
All students interested in participating in a fall program must register for DSN S 301 in the spring prior to participation.
The application deadline for the fall 2017 program is March 11, 2017. Students who are offered places on the program must commit to participation in ISUAbroad by March 24, 2017.


All courses are section IT, except where noted.

Required Courses

These three courses are required of all fall participants.

1. ART H 492: Art and Design in Europe (Art History). 3 credits

2. DSN S 492: Special Topics: Italian Culture. 1 credit

3. ISA only ARTIS 496: Art and Design Field Study. R credit.


3. Graphic Design only ARTGR 496: Graphic Design Field Study. R credit.


3. Interior Design only ARTID 359: Junior Field Study. R credit.

Major-Specific Courses

Then choose from the following courses. You must take a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester from the required classes above and your major-specific classes below.

Graphic Design: All courses are section IT.

ARTGR 470: Graphic Design Studio V. Corporate Identity; 3 credits (required)

ARTGR 475: Advanced Typography. 3 credits (optional)

ARTGR 484: Selected Studies in Graphic Design. Packaging; 3 credits (optional)

ARTGR 496: Graphic Design Field Study. (required)

Interior Design: All courses are section IT, except where noted.

ARTID 357: Made in Italy. 2 credits (required)

ARTID 365: Interior Design Studio III. 4 credits (required)

Integrated Studio Arts: All courses are section IT.

ARTIS 227: Introduction to Digital Photography. 3 credits

ARTIS 238: Painting I. 3 credits

ARTIS 305: Integrative Media. 3 credits

ARTIS 338: Painting II. 3 credits

ARTIS 438: Painting III. 3 credits

ARTIS 490D: Independent Study (Drawing). 1-6 credits


View an estimated budget for Fall 2017 on the ISUAbroad website.


2017 Confirmed Program Dates
  • Arrive in Rome: Wednesday, August 23
  • Classes begin: Monday, August 28
  • Depart from Rome: Saturday, December 16
 2017 Confirmed Housing Dates
  • First night in housing: Wednesday, August 23
  • Last night in housing: Sunday, December 17
  • If you wish to arrive before August 23 or stay after December 16, you are responsible for your own accommodations.
 Wednesday, August 23: Arrive in Rome
  • Participants for the program book their own airline tickets. You may travel independently before the program starts, but you must report to program housing for check-in on Aug. 23. Housing and studio orientations will be held over the following days, so you should plan to stay in Rome. An exact schedule will be provided during spring 2017.

Monday, August 28: Classes begin

  • Additional field trip dates for the fall semester will be announced later. Please do not book weekend trips until the confirmed field trip dates and destinations are announced.

Thursday-Friday, November 23-24: Thanksgiving Break

  • Classes recessed. Please note this is shorter than in Ames.

Saturday, December 16: Departures from Rome can begin