Open to all university students, the Florence Summer Program provides an interdisciplinary learning environment to study Architecture, Art, and Art History. You will spend two months broadly examining visual culture as a social, political, and aesthetic construct through an art history course and either an architecture or art studio.
Summer 2022 Program
May 30-July 30, 2022
9 college credits
Open to all university students
Collaborative in nature, the studios use drawing and design as a medium for exploration and visual experimentation, as you study the nuanced layers of history within the dynamic context of contemporary life. Work in studios extends into the streets of Florence and surrounding cities, allowing you to engage the full cultural landscape of contemporary Europe. The small size of the program allows you to work closely with professors in developing a body of work that is highly personalized, culminating in well-developed final projects.
Students select one studio.
Architecture as Solid and Void (6 Credits)
Faculty: Shantel Blakely
The architectural work can be thought of as a sculptural object or as a configuration of shaped space, with distinct implications for what architecture is and what it can do. We will explore the manipulation of solid and void in the work of several architects, and look at the buildings of Florence through these lenses using study models and analytical drawings. The final project will be a medium-sized building for a local site, represented in hand drawings, physical models, and projected images. Counts as a 300 or 400 elective studio.
From Film to Drones: Exploring Florentine Spaces through Photography (6 Credits)
Faculty: Meghan Kirkwood
This studio explores strategies for interpreting and representing urban and rural spaces through a range of photographic media. Using the Florentine landscape as our subject, we will consider how black-and-white film photography, digital imaging, and drones can explore the social, political, and environmental histories that make up a given environment. Travel to Venice and other locations in Tuscany will complement studio work in Florence. This course is open to students from all disciplines and there are no prerequisites. For Studio Art Students, this counts as a 3-credit Art Practice Class + a 3-credit Art Elective class. For Design Students, this counts as a 6-credit SFS elective class.
All students take Art History and Italian Language.
This course explores the complexities, innovations, and magnificence of two centuries of history through its visual production: architecture, painting, sculpture, etc. It challenges the established understanding of Renaissance Florence as a cohesive phenomenon, instead constructing a more diverse notion of Florence’s aesthetic language. Emphasis is placed on those motifs that permit interdisciplinary connections to drawing, design, and architecture that you explore in your studio courses in Florence. Beyond the assigned textbooks, your visual guide is the city of Florence itself.
Any WashU student can study abroad in the Florence Summer Program. Students must:
Apply on time
Have and maintain a 3.0 GPA
Be in good academic and behavioral standing with the University
Attend the two mandatory prep meetings before departing for the program
There is no language prerequisite for the summer program.
Students apply at sa.wustl.edu beginning in September 2021.You will write a short essay about your interest in going abroad and what it will bring to your academics and personal experience. You will also submit the name and contact information for two references. More details are given in the application.
Upon successful completion, you receive a total of 9 credits:
6 credits of art or architecture studio
3 credits of art and architecture history
For Sam Fox School students, the studio and history courses count toward your major, including as Sam Fox School Elective courses. These credits may also count toward a minor in design, art, or architecture, or fulfill the Humanities credit for engineering students.
May 30-July 30, 2022
Living in Florence
Students share furnished apartments with fully equipped kitchens, and can walk to any destination in the old city within 20 minutes. Estimated costs per person: Double occupancy rooms - $2,000. Single occupancy room - $2,400.
Passports & Student Visas
Students obtain their own passports, which must be valid for 6 months after the program concludes. The School can assist with your visa application process.
Tuition & Financial Aid
A limited number of scholarships are available, based on need and merit. Please indicate on your application if you are seeking financial assistance. Tuition is $12,798.
Students are responsible for airfare, food, art supplies, and books. Allow for an additional $1,800 to $2,000 for course materials, field trips, museum passes, etc.