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Spring Program

Rome Program – Architecture Study-Abroad

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The College of Design Spring Rome Program provides a structured curriculum for the direct study of European—and in particular Italian—architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. The program offers students what is for most a first-time opportunity to travel to and experience the physical and cultural settings of major architectural works overseas. In addition to significant buildings, the students are exposed to and study the urban geography and culture of a major European capital, a city of unique contemporary and historical importance—Rome—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 of Rome, its urban development since antiquity, and the cultural significance of many historic works of Roman art, architecture and landscape architecture;
  • have learned to make drawings and other graphic representations relevant to their discipline using diverse media and techniques at an advanced level;
  • have completed a major design project
  • have direct experience of numerous contemporary and historic sites, buildings and works of art related to their course of study.

Application

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 spring program must register for DSN S 301, a one-credit study-abroad preparation seminar offered in the fall prior to participation.

Deadlines
The application deadline for the spring 2020 program was October 31, 2019. Applications are now closed for spring 2020.


Courses

The degree requirements fulfilled by each class offered in Rome are provided below.

Architecture Courses

These four courses are required of all architecture participants.

Arch 402, section IT: Architectural Design VI. 6 credits: Studio

ARCH 431, section IT: Analytical Drawing. 3 credits

DSN S 492, section IT: Special Topics: Italian Culture. 1 credit: either Professional Elective or General Elective (depending on what you have completed previously)

ARCH 528A, section IT: Theory. 3 credits

Then choose at least two of the three courses below. Undergraduate participants must take a minimum of 12 credit hours total (required + elective courses).

ARCH 429, section IT: Art & Architecture History. 3 credits: Elective

ARCH 486, section IT: Urbanism. 3 credits: Elective

Landscape Architecture Courses

These three courses are required of all landscape architecture participants:

LA 404, section IT: Advanced Landscape Architectural Design. 6 credits

LA 478D, section IT: Topical Studies in Landscape Architecture: History/Theory/Criticism. 3 credits

DSN S 492, section IT: Special Topics: Italian Culture. 1 credit

Then choose at least one of the two courses below. Undergraduate participants must take a minimum of 12 credit hours total (required + elective courses).

ARCH 429, section IT: Art & Architecture History. 3 credits: Elective

ARCH 486, section IT: Urbanism. 3 credits: Elective


Costs

View an estimated budget for Spring 2020 on the ISUAbroad website.


Calendar

2020 Tentative Program Dates

  • Arrive in Rome: Wednesday, January 8
  • Classes begin: Monday, January 13
  • Depart from Rome: Saturday, May 2

2020 Housing Dates

  • First night in housing: Wednesday, January 8
  • Last night in housing: Sunday, May 10
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