Courses are accredited by RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design)
The theme of this junior-level course is that writers make choices.
Undergraduates are sometimes reluctant to acknowledge a difference
between creative writing and personal expression. The process of
imitating necessarily begins with analysis: before students can adopt
the voice of a given writer, they must have a strong understanding of
how that voice is constructed. By dissecting and inhabiting diverse
styles, students eventually move out of their resting voice, and they
come to realize that seemingly dissimilar works share a strict attention
to language. At the conclusion of the course, students demonstrate
through written work and class discussion an increased ability to
understand and appreciate various writing styles, and the choices
writers make throughout the writing process.
Courses are certified by INFLORENCE ACADEMY
Roots of Capitalism in Italy (12th-16th century)
This course examines the beginning of economic growth during late medieval times in the city-states in Italy as a result of commerce and immigration, as well as the cultural influences from the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world. The course will focus on the rise of merchants and bankers, like the Medici family and on the pivotal position held by Florence in overseas commerce, merchant shipping and its specialization in wool, silk and leather production.
History of Renaissance Architecture
The revolution occurred in figurative arts and architecture from the 14th to the 16th century represents a turning point in Western visual culture and overall civilization. Being the most concrete of the figurative arts, architecture represents the most tangible outcome of such a revolution and the direct experience of its constructive and spatial aspects is essential to fully understand our culture and ourselves. This course will deal with the major masters of Renaissance architecture such as Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, and Palladio.
History of Florentine Art and Architecture
This course is a journey through different centuries and covers the Roman era, Romanesque and Gothic Middle Ages, Renaissance, and some examples of Baroque. It offers the opportunity to visit and compare various buildings of different periods and styles.
This course introduces students to the practice of free hand drawing and subsequently to its application to the architectural design process.
The course will introduce drawing as a way of thinking, as a visual perception, as a means for observation, judgment, storytelling and representation. The process of drawing will be considered as an experience, as a relationship between man and world.
Technology and Building Materials
Materials and technology choices have as strong an impact both on the symbolic and expressive value as on the performance of the architecture.The course presents for each material: properties, processing methods, aesthetic significance and performance in relation to the construction choices adopted as guidelines for proper design.
Exploring Italy: an Overview of Italian Culture & Society
This course is an overview of contemporary Italian culture and society with historical references. It is aimed at developing a better understanding of Italy and its culture with emphasis on the history and culture of Florence. The selection of readings is gathered from a variety of sources. The heterogeneous character of the collection reflects the Instructor’s belief that the study-abroad-student should be open to many ways of learning - from reading Dante, to watching a film by Rossellini, to shopping in an Italian food market as part of the study of traditional Italian food. This, in combination with site visits (fifty percent of the course is taught during field trips), will widen and sharpen the student’s perceptions during the time spent not only in Florence, but in Italy and Europe.
Art History: Italian Renaissance
The most flourishing period of the city of Florence goes from the early fourteenth century to the late sixteenth century. Most of this period is known as Renaissance and produced a large number of great artists, who worked in a special environment which encouraged the production of art and architecture for religious, political and personal enhancement. Lessons will focus on some of the main artists of this time (Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Donatello and the young Michelangelo) and also on the art patrons, particularly the Medici family, who dominated the Florentine scene until the late Renaissance.
Dante and Divina Commedia
This course includes a brief biography of Dante Alighieri, an introduction to the Divina Commedia - with special attention to Inferno – and some guided tours to “Dante’s places in Florence”.
Food and Culture
This course applies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of food and sustainability – history, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, business, politics, science, agriculture, and sustainability – to discover how the individual, community and society relate to food in the world and especially in Italy. The course also includes guest lectures, site visits, field trips, and hands-on experience.
History of Italian Cinema
This course examines the historical, social and cultural roots of Italian cinema; it traces its development from Neorealism to the present. The course starts with a general analysis of the post-war period and finishes with the most representative directors of the 21st century.
The course focuses the attention on the birth of melodramma in Florence (collocating this event within the entertainment world of the Medici court) and its evolution and diffusion during the following centuries. It consists in listening and analyzing parts of operas (arie) and in reading and understanding some libretti.
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