CSU IP Italy: Studio Art
Program At A Glance
When: Late August to late May
Units: Students are required to take 15 units per semester, in addition to the 5 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Italy as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA; Portfolio required (see Program Overview for more details); Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than the spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date.
Course Prerequisites: One term of college-level Italian language; one year of art history coursework; one term of drawing; one term of life drawing; one term of painting. Space is limited in the Studio Art program, so it is also recommended that students have foundation coursework in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, as well as additional coursework in drawing and upper division studio art.
The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence at the CSU Study Center. This program is administered by a Resident Director and full-time local staff. Each year, about 100 CSU students participate in the CSU IP Italy program and attend courses at the Center. The fields of study offered are architecture, art history, history and classics, Italian language, international relations, Italian studies, literature, political science, and studio art.
Students participating in the Studio Art program take courses the CSU Study Center as well as at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and the Scuola del Nudo. The program begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP.
The Studio Art program places students according to artistic talent as measured by rigorous entrance exams taken after arrival in Florence. During the PLP, studio art students participate in intensive preparatory art advising to prepare for these exams. Students take the entrance exam for the Accademia di Belle Arti, one of Europe’s oldest and best-known schools of art instruction. Subjects offered include painting, sculpture, set design or decoration. Students also take the entrance exam for the Scuola del Nudo, whose subjects include drawing, etching, photography and art history. Students who do not pass either of these entrance exams will take classes only at the CSU Study Center. This would include a drawing course, Italian language, art history and other electives. In some cases, independent studies can be arranged with the studio art supervisor for students who do not pass either exam.
All Studio Art students will be required to take a portfolio to Florence to provide samples of their art work. Students should provide at the best sample images of their art, as well as a variety of works (paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, etc.). It is recommended that students have at least 10 to 15 images, either printed out or in digital/photograph format. During the PLP, the images will be reviewed by the Studio Art Program Coordinator, and then they will be handed in and evaluated by the Accademia professors at the time of the entrance exam.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. To access course information, including syllabi, visit the IP Florence Center website here.
The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence, a center of intellectual and artistic activity and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000.
Upon arrival in Florence, students stay in pre-arranged temporary housing. During orientation, the CSU IP on-site staff will help students find permanent housing in local apartments.
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