The Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program is designed to develop students’ ability to analyze works of art in situ and within the context in which they were created.
The program has three overall learning goals:
- To develop students’ understanding of the creative processes and the historical and cultural context in which Florentine medieval and Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture were produced;
- To build language proficiency in Italian sufficient to allow students to communicate with host families and other Italians and to read newspapers and other documents;
- To develop in students a broad understanding of present-day Italian society and culture.
At the end of the program, students should have the analytic tools to observe the arts in a city and understand the social processes that led to their creation as well as a close understanding of one of the world’s most richly productive moments in history and a working command of Italian sufficient to live independently in Italy.
Immersed in Italian arts and culture, as well as present-day life, students learn how to understand the works of art (paintings, architecture, and sculpture) that are Florence’s extraordinary legacy. During the first four weeks, students learn about contemporary Italy and receive intensive instruction in Italian language. For the remainder of the semester, students continue their required course in Italian language, and through staying with Italian host families and interacting with Florentines on a daily basis, students gain an immersive understanding of contemporary Italian culture. Students also enroll in three elective courses which explore various facets of Renaissance art, history and literature, and classical figure drawing. Through an elective studio art class, students can accompany their daily immersion in the local richness of Italian art and culture by learning drawing skills in order to gain an appreciation for the creative process. With the exception of language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
A limited number of internships at the Uffizi Gallery and other local museums are also available to select students with Italian language skills.
All students who complete an ACM off-campus study program receive a grade report which lists their courses, credits, and grades. Most colleges accept this grade report as an official academic document. If a college requires an official academic transcript, ACM can arrange to have a transcript issued through Beloit College for a $350 processing fee. To request an official transcript, students must make a formal request through ACM.
|The Beloit College Florence Program is registered with the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research and recognized as a private non-profit institution of higher education in Italy. Beloit College is a founding affiliate of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and a member of the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI). The Beloit College Florence Program is facilitated in the U.S. by the ACM on behalf of Beloit College and the other ACM affiliates.