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Priority Application Deadline: Applications submitted by November 12, 2020 will receive priority consideration for early acceptance. The anticipated standard application deadline (final deadline) will be February 18, 2020.
This course will involve the exploration of visually and historically rich Florence, Italy through a series of assignments involving mixed media drawing, collage, and book arts. The course will be formulated to accommodate introductory students with no prior studio art experience as well as art majors needing upper-division studio electives.
Florence offers a superb setting for this course, as it was in Florence that the Renaissance took root and flourished in the 15th century. I taught an earlier iteration of this courser in 2008, and have taught mini-term courses previously, so am sensitive to the requirements of creating a syllabus that involves many short, varied projects. The fast pace and total immersion in the subject that is typical of a three-week mini-term is well suited to drawing, collage and book arts activities.
The course will include activities with drawing as expression, drawing as a form of observation, cut paper exercises that explore shape, lectures and experiments with light and shadow, collage, linear and atmospheric perspective, individual and group critiques, and a short research paper related to the final project. Studio activities will be complemented by working throughout the city, as well as visits to the Uffizi and other collections/locations in the city. The final project of the course will be a book art project developed from the course lessons with Florence as its subject.
Program Activities and Excursions
- Visits to the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and Bardini Gardens
- Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano on day excursions
- Day trip to Pisa and Luca
- Visits to the Bargellow and Galileo Museums
- Must be in good standing at UT with a 2.0 GPA or higher
Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:
- Art 299 or Art 499: Special Topics- Drawing and Book Arts in Florence (3 UT credits)
In Florence students will be housed in shared rooms in apartments located in the city center. Apartments will be located within a 20-minute walk from your classroom space at Santa Reparata International School of Art. Apartments are furnished and have access to internet at a basic consumption level. Apartments do not have air conditioning. Linens and towels are not provided. Students can buy sheets and towels at a local store on arrival or bring their own. In Venice, students will stay in shared rooms in a hotel. The final night in Florence students will also be housed in shared rooms in a hotel.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
- Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
- Consider your Financial Aid options.
- Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
- Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.
If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.