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For ISU Design Students

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.
Pre-departure Preparation
All students interested in participating in a fall program must register for DSN S 301 in the spring prior to participation. ArtIS 494A Art & Design in Europe se required in the spring prior for ISA students only.
The application deadline for the fall program is typically mid-March.


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/BA 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. Undergraduate participants must take a minimum of 12 credit hours total for the semester from the required classes above and your major-specific classes below. Graduate participants must take a minimum of 9 credit hours total.

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)

Interior Design: All courses are section IT, unless 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