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UVA in Italy: Photography and Italian Art History
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 30-MAY-2019 19-JUN-2019
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Depart the U.S. on May 29 to arrive in Italy on May 30.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Liz Wellbeloved
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Photography
Program Description:
Italy Photo Art History Lead

UVA in Italy: Photography and Contemporary Art History


Set in Rome, Venice and the beautiful hills of Tuscany, the program offers students a unique opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of photography, and to familiarize themselves with the art and history of Italy. Participants will use digital photography to document and explore the visually rich culture of Italy

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This program will run again in Summer 2019.


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The program in Photography and Art History in Italy begins in Rome. Along with its monuments of classical, renaissance, and baroque art and architecture the Eternal City has increasingly become a center for contemporary art. Students will visit Rome's major museums and cathedrals of art, including The Vatican, the Villa Borghese, EUR, and MAXXI: the Museum of Art of the XXI Century. After Rome the program moves in the medieval Tuscan town of Castiglion Fiorentino, situated on the main train line between Rome and Florence. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Val di Chio, the small, walled city and its environs offer students a friendly and manageable place in which to live and work. The region's juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary culture provides rich subject matter for photography as well as a beautiful and relaxing respite from the city.

While living in Tuscany students will visit Florence's museums, both old--the Accademia and the Uffizi--and new; Florence is home to Italy's National Museum of Photography and to the experimental art space La Strozzina, in the cellars of a renaissance palace. Students will also take day trips to important Renaissance cities, such as Assisi and San Sepolcro, as well as contemporary museums throughout the region.

The course will culminate with a visit to Venice for the culmination of a Renaissance to contemporary art spectrum. Our time in Venice will coincide with the 2019 International Arts Biennale, which is the most celebrated arts event in the world. Based at the Giardini, it presents over 50 permanent national pavilions and includes a large exhibition hall that features a themed exhibition curated by the Biennale's director. Additional off-sites, as well as the Gallerie dell’Accademia and The Peggy Guggenheim Museum will offer an extensive experience of the city and its art.

Italy Photo Art History Study Italy Photo Art History Locale

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The assignments in the three-credit photography course (ARTS 2511, 3112, or 4900) will teach students the basics of photographic practice and the fundamentals of digital photography, as well as allow them to create a collection of photographs drawn from their experience in Italy. Their final portfolios will take the form of a book, which can be printed later on demand. The course covers aspects of digital photography, including the functions of the camera, the processing and editing  images, critical judgment, and professional presentation.

In the three-credit art history course (ARTH 2559), students survey the historical and aesthetic context of Italian art, from the classical to the contemporary, by directly engaging directly with works through on-site visits and focused classroom discussion.

Photography in Italy
(ARTS 2511, 3112, or 4900; 3 credits)

Italian Art: Look Back to Look Forward
(ARTH 2559; 3 credits)

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William Wylie |

Photography courses are taught by William Wylie, Professor in the McIntire Department of Art. Prof. Wylie has been teaching photography for over twenty-five years and has directed this program since 2005.

Eric Hupe |

Italian Art is taught by Eric Hupe, Doctoral Student in the McIntire Department of Art. He studies Italian Renaissance art and has co-taught for several years on the UVA January course in Rome. He has served as a graduate research intern at The Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Throughout their time in Tuscany, students will be housed in shared rooms at a recently renovated farmhouse in the countryside outside of Castiglion Fiorentino. Meals are taken communally at local restaurants.

While in Rome and Venice, students will stay in hotels.  Breakfast and some group dinners will be provided.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Rome Celebration

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


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All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.