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

Summer Session I: June 2-July 1, 2017
Summer Session II: July 7 – August 5, 2017

Program Academics

Summer Session I  

VART 3500 Documentary Photography in Italy
Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock and Joe LawtonRome

Course Description

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.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Syllabus

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

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.
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
Larry Stempel

Course Description
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. For more information please view this video.

Summer Session II

THEA 2750: Performing Italian
Joseph Perricone

Acting is an exciting way to learn a language because one's need to master the language is motivated by the desire to inhabit the imaginary circumstances created by great playwrights. Students will advance their fluency in Italian by learning to act in Italian while in residence in Rome during the month of July. With Prof. Joseph Perricone of Fordham’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the students will explore structure and grammar, and expand their vocabulary by reading, writing, and speaking in a full-immersion mode in Italian. The Acting will be taught by Prof. George Drance, SJ, of Fordham’s Theatre Program, using a play by Nobel prize-winning author Dario Fo, Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono per Nuocere [Not All Thieves Come to Harm You]. The project will be enhanced by trips to Roman theatres, especially to plays by Nobel prizewinning playwright Luigi Pirandello, and to an opera performance by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. 

Pre-requisites: ITAL 2001. In exceptional cases, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations with the theater department students working toward completing the language core will be allowed to substitute a course above 2001 for 2001 provided: -the student has taken the language sequence up to 1502, and has consistently maintained an average grade of B, particularly in 1502 -the student has the recommendation of an MLL faculty member in the target language who has performed a written and oral evaluation of the student's level and -the student has the recommendation of the professor teaching the upper-level course in question.

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
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     — Vincent Gunn, Summer 2016
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 06/02/2017 07/01/2017

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This program is currently not accepting applications.