Each spring semester the School of Art offers a program of study in Italy. This program provides an enriching opportunity to participate in an intensive studio and art history experience by immersing participants in the art and culture of Italy.

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The semester begins with a month of travel for the study of art history. This consists of traveling to various cities to visit archaeological sites, museums, churches, etc. The remainder of the semester is spent in the Umbria region at the Villa Pieve del Vescovo in the village of Corciano which is near Perugia and Assisi. Umbria is often referred to as “the green heart of Italy.” It is the perfect place to see the history of the region’s inhabitants starting with the Etruscans, to the Romans and their wealthy villas, the middle ages with its many fortresses and castles, to the Renaissance with its fabulous paintings and the elegance of its gardens and courtyards. While at the villa, students will take many day trips around the area for art history and studio opportunities.

While traveling and at the Villa, all accommodations are from two to four students per room. Meals are provided at the Villa but not during the travel portion of the trip. Due to the exchange rate, the cost of the trip varies from year to year. Included in the tuition are all accommodations, museum admissions, ground transportation, meals at the villa, basic studio supplies and 15 course credits. Each student arranges their own travel to and from Italy. Students are welcome to arrive early or extend their stay at the end of the semester. Not included in the tuition is round-trip airfare, meals while traveling, or any travel the student does on their own.

There is a gallery exhibition of work created during the trip during the fall semester following the return of the students.

To spend a semester studying in the dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes of Italy is a life-changing experience. In Italy, dubbed the world’s “living art gallery,” the ancient and modern worlds exist side by side. History and culture surround you with Etruscan tombs, Greek temples, Roman ruins and statue-filled Baroque fountains. Three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduces just about everyone who visits. Nowhere else on earth does just living seem so extraordinary.

For more information, contact Jeanne Wagner, Program Coordinator at: jawagner@montana.edu.

Click here to view the program brochure.


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