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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Major City Academic Setting: Island Center Based Program, Special Focus
Housing: Dorm Foreign Language Competency: None
Language of Instruction: English Field of Study: Art History, Italian Studies, Photography, Theatre, Visual Arts
Program Details:


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.

Program Dates

June 1 - June 30, 2018

Program Academics

ARHI 3316 - Art and Architecture of Rome
Joanna Isaak and Jennifer Udell 
4 Credits

Course Description

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.
 This course fulfills the Fordham Core Fine Arts requirement.

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VART 3500: Documentary Photography: Italy

Prof. Joe Lawton & Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock

4 Credits

This intensive class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on 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. This course meets the Fine or Performing Arts requirement in the Fordham University Core.

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.


Program Costs

Short-Term Program Costs
Summer Scholarship Application

Studying abroad opens your eyes to enjoy every little moment—to live in the moment. Returning to Fordham and New York City, I will use the tools I learned abroad to make the best of what I have and see what I already know in a different perspective.
     — Carlos Arenivas, Summer 2018
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 06/30/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.