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.
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 spring 2018 program can apply at the ISUAbroad beginning August 31, 2017.
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.
The application deadline for the spring 2018 program is October 15, 2017. Students who are offered places on the program must commit to participation in ISUAbroad by Oct. 24, 2017.
The degree requirements fulfilled by each class offered in Rome are provided below.
These two courses are required of all architecture participants.
Arch 402, section IT: Architectural Design VI. 6 credits: Studio
DSN S 492, section IT: Special Topics: Italian Culture. 1 credit: either Professional Elective or General Elective (depending on what you have completed previously)
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: Topics in Italian Architecture and Urbanism. 3 credits: SAC Elective (not RWR or Non-Western)
ARCH 431, section IT: Analytical Drawing. 3 credits: either Professional Elective or General Elective (depending on what you have completed previously)
ARCH 486, section IT: Design: Made in Italy. 3 credits: SAC Elective (not RWR or Non-Western)
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: Topics in Italian Architecture and Urbanism. 3 credits
ARCH 486, section IT: Made in Italy. 3 credits
View an estimated budget for Spring 2018 on the ISUAbroad website.
2018 Tentative Program Dates
- Arrive in Rome: Wednesday, January 4
- Classes begin: Monday, January 9
- Depart from Rome: Saturday, April 29
2018 Tentative Housing Dates
- First night in housing: Wednesday, January 4
- Last night in housing: Sunday, April 30
- If you wish to arrive before January 4 or depart later than the morning of May 1, you are responsible for your own accommodations.