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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program is designed to develop your ability to analyze works of art in situ and within the context in which they were created and to immerse you in daily life in Florence.

Program learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of the creative processes and the historical and cultural context in which Florentine medieval and Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture were produced.
  • Build language proficiency in Italian sufficient to allow you to communicate with host families and other Italians and to read newspapers and other documents.
  • Develop a broad understanding of present-day Italian society and culture.

When you complete the program, you should be able to analyze the arts of Florence and other cities through close observation, discuss the social processes that led to their creation in the context of the Renaissance, and demonstrate that you are fluent enough in conversational Italian to be able to live independently in Italy.