"I feel so lucky to have had an opportunity to be in Florence. The atmosphere was unreal. It is such an incredible city—full of history and art.... The curriculum was full—I feel like we were able to see most of the city." —Student, Winter '11

"[I gained] a stronger idea of the country's culture and a greater perspective on my own practice." —Student, Winter '11

January 5–21, 2014 (depart the United States on January 4)
*Note: Dates subject to change

This trip provides an opportunity to examine in situ the art, architecture, music and culture of Florence. In "the cradle of the Renaissance," we'll track how artists benefited from the competitions between Brunelleschi and Ghiberti at the Duomo and the Baptistery; how Dufay based the musical structure of his piece for the Duomo on structural ratios of the building; attempt to contextualize the stunning variety in Florentine art from Giotto to Michelangelo; see why Galileo's father, Vincenzo, advocated modern tuning over a century before its wider acceptance. In addition, we will explore the craftsmanship that made significant scientific discoveries and artistic ingenuities possible, visiting a hands-on museum of Leonardo machines. Although we will be based in Florence, we will make several trips to important nearby cities and to the Tuscan wine country. We will also search for live concerts of indigenous music. Something amazing began in this fairly small city six or seven centuries ago, and it reframed civilization in ways that are palpable today. In art, architecture, music, science, and history (and more), we'll investigate how and why that happened and discover that studio artists and scholars alike can draw inspiration from this glorious period in Western civilization.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO, or 3 credits ARTHI, or 3 credits LIBARTS-Humanities
6 credits option: Available by registering in two different academic areas

Peter Gena, Art & Technology, Liberal Arts, Sound
James Yood, Art History, Theory & Criticism, New Arts Journalism

Program fee: Approx. $1,950 (including accommodation, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Not including airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour

Budget at least $1,300 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: October 10, 2013

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information session:
September 10, 2013 at 4.15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 707

October 2, 2013 at 12.10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 619