Fordham Rome Athenaeum
Fordham University offers an array of short-term summer course options in Rome, Italy.
Below you will find more information about the classes and other details about the program.
May 30, 2017 - June 29, 2017
VART 3500 Documentary Photography in Italy
Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock and Joe Lawton
This intensive class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on
There are no prerequisites for this course.
generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture, and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city
of Rome, rich with artistic history, will serve as the source for our photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst
for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. Our studies and production will take us
from exhibitions in progressive contemporary art galleries, to the ancient architecture of the Colosseum as we utilize
the wealth of visual stimuli as a resource, as well as a backdrop against which to critically discuss the strategies
that documentarians utilize in communicating their interests.
The primary objectives of the class are an understanding of camera construction, camera usage, control of image, image output, and most significantly, the development of a personal vision over the course of study. Instruction methods will be comprised of technical demonstrations, lectures regarding historical and contemporary photographers, rigorous critiques, and numerous gallery and museum field trips. Additionally, there will be a mixture of guided assignments and self-directed endeavors.
ARHI 3316 - Art and Architecture of Rome
Joanna Isaak and Jennifer Udell
This course will examine the art, architecture and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city's history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern. Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. At the heart of this legacy is the city that gave its name to the ancient empire. For almost two thousand years, Rome has been more than a literal place; it has also been an icon of culture, expressing many different characters depending on the era. In the ancient world the city epitomized the earthly splendor of Roman civilization. In the Medieval period its political importance waned, and the city was reduced to a symbolic, spiritual center. In the Renaissance, Humanists and the Papacy sought to re-claim the city's Classical past and re-work it into a new vision of the city as both spiritual and temporal "caput mundi," (head of the world). During the modern period Rome again sought to re-claim its ancient culture while embracing the latest innovation in technology and design. Contemporary Italian art has now moved onto to global stage. There is no better place to study art and architecture than Rome.
During the day Rome will be our classroom as we experience first hand the art, architecture, and culture of four epochs of the city’s history through the lens of its monuments. Indoor class time will be minimal and our primary mode of exploration will be site visits.
We will be taking advantage of the cultural events taking place in the city, musical and theatrical performances, as well as the rich cultural heritage that the city offers, including the practices of contemporary artists. In the evening we can a catch a movie under the stars in an open-air film festival on a tiny island in the middle of the River Tiber, or attend a music concert in the Circus Maximus, the site of ancient chariot races, or go to the opera performed in the open-air ruins of the Baths of Caracalla.
We will be based at the John Cabot University located in the heart of the Trastevere district of Rome. The unique character of this neighborhood with it ancient houses and cobbled streets filled with interesting shops and cafes has made it the favorite haunt of artists, musician and students. We will also be taking excursions to the ancient site of Ostia Antica and we will be spending three days in Venice in order to attend the Venice Biennale, the largest international contemporary art exhibition. This course fulfills the Fordham Core Fine Arts requirement.
Art Course Syllabus.pdf
MUSC 1101: Introduction to Opera
Introduction to Opera, MUSC 1101, fulfills the fine arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.
What we call opera today began in Italy in the 17th century; it has been associated mainly with Italian culture ever since. A form of drama in music, opera was even famously scorned by an 18th-century English wit as “an exotic and irrational entertainment”: irrational since the drama was sung (not spoken); exotic since it was sung in Italian (not English). This course aims to make it a bit less exotic and irrational. But only a bit. For as opera involves music, poetry, singing, dancing, action, staging, and spectacle in ever-changing combinations, it does have a certain power to create strange and potentially all-consuming worlds—mythical, grandiose, poignant, humanistic, realistic, heart-wrenching. In sum, this course aims to deepen 1) your appreciation and understanding of opera as musical drama, 2) your awareness of how opera has changed over four centuries, and 3) your insight into opera in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. We will study many kinds of operas, Italian and non-Italian; read opera texts (librettos); watch opera performances live and recorded; and read about, write about, and discuss what we see and hear.
THEA / COMM / ENGL 3760 – Plays and Screenplays
In Rome students write a short play and a short screenplay. Once a week we will write in sites around Rome, such as the ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla and the Gardens of the Villa Borghese in the belief that immersion in The Eternal City, La città eterna, will inspire us to write great stories. We will explore dual strategies for storytelling. What are the differences between writing for the stage and the screen? How do we tell stories in dialogue? How do we tell stories with pictures? How do we maximize the power of dialogue and pictures by combining them? This course satisfies the Fordham core EP III requirement.
Plays and Screenplays Syllabus.pdf
Life in Rome & Accommodations
The Fordham Rome Anthenaeum program is located at St. John's University's Rome campus, centrally located in the Prati district, close to the Vatican and other historic sites. Students enjoy ultramodern facilities within an historic setting — high-tech classrooms with old-world architectural details; a computer lab with 11 workstations; a wireless broadband network; single, double and triple student residences; and a landscaped courtyard.
Short-Term Program Costs
Summer Scholarship Application