Italy, Austria, and France
The 2019 Visual and Performing Arts International Study Program: Music and Art in Europe will offer approximately twenty undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the musical and visual traditions of Europe in Italy, Austria, and France. This program will consider the close interrelationship between art and music in Europe, as well as the arts’ relationship to social, political, and religious history from antiquity through the twentieth century. Students will have the opportunity to travel between significant locations in Italy (including Rome, Florence, Cremona, and Verona), Austria (Vienna), and France (Paris) to experience firsthand works of music, architecture, and art significant to the development of the European tradition.
ART 4381 Special Topics in Art: Antiquity and its Legacy in the Western Tradition. This course surveys the art of antiquity and its enduring legacy in Western art. Beginning with a survey of Roman art and architecture, this course examines how subsequent cultures engaged with the traditions of ancient Rome to serve their own needs. Students will examine the periodic revival of ancient artistic and architectural forms from the medieval period through the twentieth century, focusing especially on the religious, social, political, and cultural messages embedded in those revivals. Instructor: Dr. Devon Stewart
ART 4378 Special Topics in European Music History. This course allows students to explore selected pieces of music from different periods in history. The course will include an exploration of the factors that led to the creation of such works, and the physical locations where the music occurred. We will also visit Cremona, Italy, where the modem violin (and related string-family instruments) were first built. Instructor: Dr. Jeff Womack
Prior to departure, the faculty directors will provide student participants with extensive background information on travel arrangements, transport, and schedules. They will be provided will a full list of contact information for faculty directors and lodging in Italy, Austria, and France. All travel arrangements will be made by the faculty directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.
The program will be open to approximately 20 undergraduate students in good academic standing from any department or major, but especially those from Visual and Performing Arts, History, and related disciplines. The faculty directors will select participating students based on criteria such as academic standing and performance, demonstrated interest in the program, maturity and ability to work well in a group setting.
Participants in the program are subject to and are required to abide by all policies and provisions in the 2017-18 University Catalog, including the Student Life Regulations and Policies. Participants are also responsible for obeying the local and national laws of the country in which they are studying, as well as for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with local customs and decorum.
Students selected to participate in the program will be required to make an initial deposit
of $500.00 to the CIS upon notification of selection at the latest by January 1, 2019.
A second deposit to pay the remainder of the airline ticket will be due by February 1st,
2019. Once a student pays the initial deposit she also has committed to the program. Should the student have to withdraw from the program she will have to reimburse the university
for expenditures made on the student’s behalf.
|Tuition and Fees (based on 6 credit hours)||$1,760.70|
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$5,000.00|
This program will be co-directed by Dr. Jeff Womack, Professor of Music (and music history), and by Dr. Devon Stewart, Assistant Professor of Art History. Dr. Womack has traveled to Germany on the Study Abroad Faculty Mentorship program (with Dr. Shirley Eoff) and has previously had a similar program proposal accepted by the Center for International Studies.
Dr. Devon Stewart has previously assisted on summer art history programs in Rome, and has twice taught c;ourses for the Volterra-Detroit Foundation/University of Detroit Mercy at their residential school in Volterra, Italy. Additionally, Dr. Stewart has traveled extensively in Italy for her research on Roman funerary art, and previously has served as a field excavator for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.