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Faculty Led - The Art of Italy
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer (Faculty-Led)
Please contact the study abroad office for information about application deadlines.
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Eligibility: Undergraduate Students
Areas of study: Art
Program Description:

ART in Italy

Program Dates: June 1 - 29, 2018
Location: Florence, Italy
Application Deadline: November 3, 2017

Program Cost: $4,200
$400 **Nonrefundable** Deposit Due: December 1, 2017
$1,900 Payment Due: February 1, 2018
$1,900 Payment or Proof of Sufficient Financial Aid Due: March 30, 2018
Program Cost Includes: cost of instruction by UNCG faculty, lodging in Florence and Rome, entrance fees to all sites related to coursework, and course-related travel within Italy.
Program Cost Does NOT Include: airfare (approx. $1,400), meals, art supplies, required texts and spending money ($500).

Program Overview
On this 4-week immersive program students will enroll in a total of 6 credits of art history and/or drawing courses taught on location in Florence, the most important of Renaissance cities. Through invaluable firsthand encounters with art at historic churches, museums and galleries, Renaissance villas and palaces, students will develop a deep understanding of art's context, materiality and cultural function, both past and present. Students will also gain a better appreciation for the historical relevance of Florence as an artistic center and the interconnectedness of Italian visual culture and daily life in the modern city of today.

Each student will have their own bed within shared, fully-equipped, modern apartments inside the 19th C. Palazzo dei Ciompi, located within the historic center of Florence, a short walk from most major sites. Small grocery stores, fruit stands, bakeries, affordable restaurants and banks with ATMs are all nearby. In
Ravenna we will stay three nights at a hotel within the city's historic center and within easy walking distance of most sights.

This program is an approved international experience for members of the Lloyd International Honors College and therefore fulfills the international requirement for those Honors students pursuing International Honors.

Course Information

Students will enroll in ARH 395 and another course of their choosing. All courses are 3 credits. All majors are welcome! Students do not need to be art or art history majors to attend, however, ARH 395 does carry a prerequisite of ART 100 or ARH 111. Students who have not completed one of these prerequisites are encouraged to do so before the program begins, or to speak to one of the faculty directors about the possibility of waiving the prerequisite.

  • ARH 395: Florence and the Medici
  • ARH 400: Independent Study*
  • ART 222: The Artist's Sketchbook in Italy
  • ART 322: Variable Topics in Drawing/Artist Sketchbook: Methods & Making

*Available only to art history majors who have fulfilled their Studio requirement. For more course details see the program website.

Before leaving students are encouraged to take any of the department's 300-level art history classes that compliment the study abroad experience, such as ARH 302 Roman Art, ARH 312 Gothic Art (which is divided between France and Italy), ARH 321 Italian Renaissance Art, 1300-1480 and ARH 322 Late Renaissance Art, 1480-1600. These courses will provide a valuable, broad context for the more specific lectures provided on-site in Italy.

Students with leftover financial aid eligibility from fall and spring may be eligible to apply for summer aid to supplement their program. Students should still be prepared to make the deposit, middle program payment, and flight arrangements out-of-pocket, with financial aid to serve as a potential reimbursement. The third and final program payment can be deferred if there is a sufficient award on the way to cover it. Please contact your financial aid advisor with questions on your individual aid award.

Activities Overview
The program's common course, ARH 395, surveys the art and architecture commissioned by the Medici from the early 15th century until the death of Grand Duke Cosimo II in 1621, while both drawing courses will directly engage the city's Renaissance and modern environment as both subject and inspiration. The group will collectively visit sites including the Uffizi Gallery, San Lorenzo, San Marco, and the Bargello. We will also visit the Cathedral and Palazzo Pubblico of Siena.

Additional sites to be visited collectively in Florence include:

  • Accademia (Michelangelo's David)
  • Brancacci Chapel, Sta. Maria del Carmine
  • Palazzo Pitti, including the Galleria Palatina
  • Florence Cathedral (il Duomo)
  • Medici Palace and the Chapel of the Magi
  • Santa Croce (including museum)
  • Santa Maria Novella
Classes are held Monday - Thursday. Friday through Sunday are open to allow students time to travel. There will be a trip to Rome that will take place over a weekend to visit St. Peter's and the Vatican Musems.

Program Directors
Professor Barbara Campbell Thomas is an artist who works primarily in painting and collage. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and abroad. At UNCG, Professor Campbell Thomas teaches all levels of painting and drawing. She is thrilled to be teaching in the School of Art’s study abroad program to Florence, as she studied studio art and art history in Italy as an undergraduate student and has been hopelessly in love with the country ever since. Professor Campbell Thomas may be reached at

Dr. Heather Holian teaches the art history of Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe and Renaissance Italy. She is particularly interested in the Medici of Florence, and especially the 16th C. portraiture of this dynasty's female members—a subject on which Dr. Holian has published several articles. Dr. Holian has lived in Florence and considers it a second home. Her favorite art experience in Florence is seeing Jacopo Pontormo's Deposition in Sta. Felicita on a hot, sunny day, followed by a gelato, of course! Dr. Holian may be contacted directly at

Dr. Anthony Cuda is a scholar of modern poetry and modernist literature with parallel interests in Italian literature and culture. He teaches classes in twentieth-century poetry but also in the Commedia, the medieval epic poem by Florence's most renowned exile, Dante Alighieri. He studied in Rome as an undergraduate, when he learned to speak Italian; visits Italy, and Florence in particular, every chance he gets; and is proud to have relatives in Calabria in Southern Italy. You can reach him directly at


UNCG reserves the right to cancel or modify the program's content, or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control.

In general, the $400.00 program deposit is not refundable unless the student's application is rejected. If the student withdraws from a study abroad program after applying to the program but prior to the start date of the program, the student will be refunded the program cost, excluding the deposit and any portion of the program cost which is unrecoverable. Even if the student has not yet paid the full program balance, he or she is obligated to pay the Department for any unrecoverable expenses incurred on the student's behalf. If a student withdraws from a study abroad program after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. If a program is canceled, the Department will refund any recoverable cost. Because full refunds are often not possible, students may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. 

Please contact the study abroad office for information about application deadlines.