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Undergraduate Architecture in Italy

The KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Florence Program offers an opportunity to study abroad in the spring semester to those enrolled in the junior year Bachelor of Science in Architecture program.

The program enjoys the contribution of an outstanding array of visiting faculty. Among the Design Studio faculty are:

  • Alberto Francini, of "metrogramma", Milan
  • Paola Giaconia, Milan/Florence
  • Andrea Ponsi, Florence
  • Filippo Caprioglio, Venice

Historical studies in architecture and urban design, within a broader socio-political framework, are offered by Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Director of KSU Florence.

An outstanding lecture series, featuring some of the most interesting personalities from the various fields of design in Italy and all over Europe, further enriches the students’ experience.

field studies

A significant component of the students’ learning experience outside of the classroom. A series of organized field studies take students outside Florence to experience the art and architecture of other famous cities.  Destinations throughout Italy include Rome (from the Roman Fora to Zaha Hadid's MAXXI museum, from Baroque masterpieces by Borromini and Bernini to the MACRO museum, the latest project by French architect Odile Decqthe), Verona and Venice (from medieval and Palladian architectures to Carlo Scarpa's sensitive designs, Cino Zucchi’s interventions on the Giudecca island and Santiago Calatrava's bridge over the Grand Canal), and Milan (from the Sforza Castle to the Galleria and the Scala, from Bramante’s Church of San Satiro to the recent new Expo Center by Massimiliano Fuksas).

curriculum

The Florence Program is an enhanced academic experience. It includes a core of required courses in the major, with supporting elective offerings. The planned program consists of a full academic load. The coursework and course descriptions are shown below. Minor variations in the program may take place from year to year; all course offerings, credit hours, etc. are subject to change.

REQUIRED COURSES

ARCH 30012 Urban Design - 1 Credit Hour

A combined lecture and seminar that provides a theoretical foundation for studio exploration. Topics include the history of urban evolution and figure/ground studies.

ARCH 30112 3rd Year Design Studio II - 5 Credit Hours

The focus of the architecture program is the design studio. Studio projects take full advantage of the pervasive wealth of historically significant art and architecture. The scale of these projects ranges from elemental facade studies and interiors to the larger concerns of urban design.

ARCH 46995 Reading Cities Field Trips - 3 Credit Hours

Lecture and exercises in the visual analysis of urban form. Various media are taught and encouraged: sketching, watercolor, photographs, video, etc. The course is focused on a series of field trips to cities of architectural and urban significance. These include Rome, Verona, Venice, Milan. The tours cover historical architecture and urban fabrics as well as Modern and contemporary intervention that bear significant importance in the transformation of the existing context.

CAED ELECTIVE COURSES

ARCH 46995 Sketching and Drawing - 3 credit hours

The design professions increasingly [with the widespread use of digital technologies] require sketching and drawing abilities. This course is meant to help students develop such skills with in-studio instructions and demonstrations, but especially through on-site exercises. Understanding, representing, and effectively communicating the physical environment [as ultimately one's own design ideas] is the core experience of the course.

ARCH 46995 Video, Media and Architecture - 3 credit hours

In the context of a wide survey on the evolution of media and architecture relations, the course will explore and reflect upon the critical role media (books, magazines, the Web, videos) played in the advancement of the architectural discourse between the 20th and the 21st Century up to today. Students will be offered the possibility of "reading" architecture in relation to media.

ELECTIVE COURSES

ARTH 42095  Italian Art - Giotto to Bernini  (1300-1680) - 3 credit hours

CLAS  21405  The Roman Achievement – 3 credit hours

HIST 38095  Europe in the Renaissance  – 3 credit hours

POL  40995  European Issues  – 3 credit hours

BUS   30234  International Business – 3 credit hours

FIN   36053  Financial Management – 3 credit hours

COMM 35852  Intercultural Communication  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  Comparative Media Systems  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  Practicum in European Media  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  The Genius of Florence  – 1 credit hour

ITAL 15204  Basic Conversational Italian  – 2 credit hours

ITAL 15201  Elementary Italian I  – 4 credit hours

ITAL 15202  Elementary Italian II  – 4 credit hours

ITAL 25201  Intermediate Italian I – 3 credit hours

ITAL 25202  Intermediate Italian II  – 3 credit hours

ITAL 35213  Italian Conversation & Composition II  – 3 credit hours

To view elective course descriptions: http://www.kent.edu/globaleducation/course-offerings

The Florence Program requires "full-time" status, which means taking 11 credit hours or more. Students at KSU, including guest students, can take up to 18 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. You may request credit overload over 18 credit hours if you meet the following criteria: 19 credits with GPA >2.6 | 20 credits with GPA >3.0 | 21 credits with GPA >3.5

for more information:

Ms. Lisa Pozo, CAED Global Education Administrative Secretary,  lpozo@kent.edu, 330-672-3765