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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 Dates

June 30, 2016 - JCU Housing move-in - students are required to move into John Cabot accommodations on June 30th. 

June 30-July 2, 2016 - Mandatory Orientation

July 5, 2016 Classes Begin

August 4, 2016 - Classes end

August 6, 2016 - JCU Housing move-out deadline


Program Academics

VART 3500 Documentary Photography in Italy
Stephan Apicella-HitchcockRome

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
Jennifer Udell and 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 Ostia Antica and Florence. For more information please view this video.

Students must have a healthy attitude towards walking.

THEA 2750 Performing Italian
Joseph Perricone and George Drance

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. For more information please view this video.

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.

Located in Rome's popular Trastevere neighborhood, the Gianicolo Residence consists of over 75 varying apartments, as well as the JCU Housing and Residential Life Office itself. The residence combines the classic architectural features common to the neighborhood with modern amenities and furnishings. This learning and living community is just steps away from the Guarini Campus and a short walk to the Tiber Campus. The apartments can house from two to nine students and each apartment includes a full kitchen, bathroom(s), bedrooms, and common areas. The Gianicolo Residence also offers security guards on duty 24/7, a regular cleaning service, internet connection, and air conditioning / heating. The Gianicolo Residence houses Resident Assistants (RAs) throughout the building for student support. Gianicolo Residence is an entirely alcohol-free residence. 

Short-Term Program Costs

Summer Scholarship Application

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/15/2016
Rolling Admission 06/30/2016 08/06/2016
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 ** 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.

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