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Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

June 10-July 9, 2022

In partnership with the Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF), earn six credits over four weeks in Florence, Italy! You'll study at AEF and enjoy site visits to the greater Tuscan region, including Pisa and the Seaside!

If you are interested, make a down payment today of $1,000 to hold your seat. All down payments are due by November 1, 2021.

During the spring semester, we will meet each week to prepare you for travel.

For more information, please contact Professor Dan Bevacqua at daniel.bevacqua@wne.edu or at (413) 782-1569.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for international travel.

Courses Offered

A Cultural History of Mathematics and Art

WNE Writing Intensive

Mathematics has served and continues to serve as an irresistible muse for philosophers and artists alike, and since it is the job of the artist to interpret the worlds around and within us, the observant artist cannot help but embrace and express this influence. In this course, we will explore how mathematical symbols, diagrams, and patterns have inspired artists throughout history, and how architects around the world have used this vocabulary in their designs. Using Lynn Gamwell’s Mathematics + Art: A Cultural History, an overview of mathematics and art from prehistory to the culmination of the classical ideas during the Enlightenment will be discussed. From there, we will move forward through a historical overview into the present.

Italian Language

AEF Course

This course teaches the basic grammar topics of Italian language, but aims also at stimulating students to increase their knowledge of distinctive aspects of Italian Life, Culture and Society. Each class will concentrate on Italian Language (pronunciation, basic grammar and communicative functions), which is also used as an instrument to learn about Italian culture.

Business of Performing Arts

AEF Course

What is Music Business? What it means to make a living in the Performing arts business? What is an event? Which is the relation between artists and the audience? Which role producers, managers, sound & light designers, publicists play in making events successful? How event design and production can promote culture and community empowerment?

The Performing Arts world is changing at such a fast pace that is it it impossible to describe it with a unique linear narrative.

AEF Business of Performing Arts internship addresses these questions combining lecture classes with immersion in professional event production, management and communication environment for a total of 120 hours of work.

Class lectures, site visits and guest lecturers will introduce fundamentals concepts and questions along with hands on life practice of event production: from the organization of single events to larger and more complex events as festival management. 

Classes will be completed with work experience in events and performances in Firenze. Students will organize, produce and support events/concerts along with experienced professional artists.

Travel Photography

AEF Course

Students study photographic language and technique while they tell the story of their study abroad experience, having Florence as a highlight and as a base for a “contemporary Grand Tour”. They will be introduced to the history and languages of photography, its intermediate nature between picture and document, and using photography to reflect on, interpret and synthesize their experiences as study abroad students.

Every student will keep a photoblog/journal to display photographic production. In addition to photographs, this journal will consist of written original entries, quotes, drawings, found imagery, videos, music, etc. The journal will be graded on contents, aesthetic and editorial merit.

Art History

AEF Course

This course explores artwork produced in Florence from the 14th century until 16th century. It will primarily focus on the relationship of the works of art to their cultural and historical importance in the time of when they were produced. Emphasis will be placed on the function of the artwork as well its relationship to the art works patron, artist and/or location. We will focus on four topics of Florentine Art: the urban city (public piazzas), sculpture (Michelangelo, Donatello and Ghiberti), architecture (Brunelleschi) and the Renaissance patron (the Medici). Finally, because we are in Florence, the works of art will be studied through on-site observation and lectures. 

Opera and Jazz in Italy

AEF Course

The goal of this course is to acquaint students with operatic performance and operatic literature through the study and performance of scenes from various stylistic periods of operatic history. Summer 2021 will focus on Italian bel canto literature and opera. Students will develop their musical and dramatic skills and interpretation of operas that are chosen according to the level of each student, through dedicated study of selected operatic scenes and the opera choruses of Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s La Traviata. This study includes music rehearsals and stage direction led by the instructor and AEF music faculty. Students will train in the most effective ways to provide a natural performance, without sacrificing the integrity of the music, and without interfering with the technical aspects of each voice. The various opera scenes or individual opera arias will be prepared paying great attention to detail, and through plenty of experience in the classroom and in concerts, where students will be required to perform music from memory.

Students will develop a deep sense of the characters they are interpreting, based on guided research on the libretto, the historical period, the compositional style of each composer, and the musical and dramaturgical aspects. For selected operatic scenes that are in Italian, students will learn to sing in Italian for both arias and recitatives.

Students will receive voice lessons and coaching from AEF music faculty.

Start Packing: Here's What You Need to Know

What Will This Trip Cost?

The estimated cost is $5,990.

The cost includes:

  • Living in the city that gave birth to the Renaissance
  • Two courses for a total of six credits
  • Airline Tickets
  • Transportation from/to Florence
  • Transportation in Italy to all site visits
  • Entrance to The Museo Dell'opera Del Duomo, the Uffizi, and The Galleria d’Academia
  • Apartment housing for four-weeks in Florence
  • All housing includes kitchen, washing machine, WiFi, and air conditioning
  • Site visits to Pisa, the Statue of David by Michelangelo, Piazza di Duomo, Fort Belvedere, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, and the ancient Etruscan city of Fiesole
  • Tours by professors and historians in the city of Florence

What Will I See in Florence?

Excursions in Italy include:

  • the Museo Dell'opera Del Duomo
  • the Uffizi
  • the Galleria d’Academia
  • Pisa
  • the Statue of David by
  • Michelangelo
  • Piazza di Duomo
  • Fort Belvedere
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • the Boboli Gardens
  • the ancient Etruscan city of Fiesole

How Can I Participate?

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in study abroad opportunities. Students participating in year-long or semester-long study abroad programs must satisfy the specific grade point average required by the foreign university they will be attending.

Want to Learn More?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Josie Brown, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program Phone: 413-782-1444
Email: jbrown@wne.edu

Got Your Passport? Don’t forget to apply now for your passport to be ready to take advantage of this unique educational/travel opportunity.