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Fordham Rome Athenaeum
Rome, Italy (Study Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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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 Description:

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 Academics

VART 3500 Documentary Photography in Italy
Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock, Joseph 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 – The Art and Architecture of Rome
Joanna Isaak

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, Modern, to the Contemporary period.  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 – the city's decaying pagan edifices signaling the triumph of Christianity.  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.  Indoor class time will be minimal and our primary mode of exploration will be site visits to monuments, museums, churches, and galleries. The program will include  excursions to Orvieto and Florence.

Students must have a healthy attitude towards walking.

THEA 3760 Plays and Screenplays
Matthew Maguire

Course Description
In Rome students write a short play and a short screenplay in four weeks.  Elements of craft provide the scaffold.  Italian plays and films serve as models and the sources of our writing vocabulary.  Trips to sites in Rome will enhance the writers’ sense of the genius of Italian storytelling.

We will spark creativity by exploring dual strategies for storytelling.  What are the differences between writing for the stage and the screen?  How might a play be adapted for the screen?  How might a screenplay be brought to the stage?  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? Dante’s Inferno, Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, and Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium will provide a vocabulary of writing models.  Films by Federico Fellini and Lina Wertmüller will provide models for screenwriting.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

THEA 2750 Performing Italian
Joseph Perricone

Course Description

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 prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, and to an opera performance by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, performed outdoors in the ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. This course satisfies the Italian core and elective credit in the Theatre major and minor.

This course is intended for students who have completed ITAL 1501 and above or the equivalent.

Life in Rome
The Fordham Rome Anthenaeum program is located at John Cabot University's picturesque campus on the banks of the Tiber River. You will have access to historic buildings and state-of-the-art facilities with spacious terraces and courtyard, in the Trastevere quarter, where Galileo once lived and worked.

The Viale Trastevere Apartments offers students the opportunity to live in a building which houses up to 95 students in addition to having the benefit of integrating into a building with local Italian neighbors. The residence offers spacious common areas and large apartments with modern amenities and furnishing. Each apartment houses up to nine students and includes a kitchen, two bathrooms and small balconies. This building is located steps from the tram line and is a 20-25 minute walk from both the Guarini and Tiber campuses. The building offers 24/7 security, a regular cleaning service and internet connection and houses Resident Assistants.

Short-Term Program Costs 2015-2016

Summer Scholarship Application

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.