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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Autumn 2017
September 27 – December 7, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,500
 Credits 17 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Jamie Walker, Ellen Garvens, Lucy Clink
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Fall quarter study abroad program that is designed to introduce students with a background in art to the vast artistic legacy of Rome and Italy while creating their own work in a focused studio environment.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

Every other autumn quarter, the School of Art + Art History + Design offers a unique opportunity to study and create art in the vibrant and legendary city of Rome. Through site visits within the city as well as field trips to additional areas of interest in Italy, students experience firsthand some of the most influential artwork of Western civilization, much of it still in the context for which it was created. Living and working in the center of historic Rome allows for daily encounters with the rich layers of ancient, classical, medieval, baroque, and contemporary visual culture which have made the city a destination for artists throughout history. Early in the program, the group will travel to Venice for the 57th Biennale, arguably the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art in the world.

In the UW Rome Center studios, the students pursue solutions to assignments designed to provide a framework for making art amid the saturation of visual stimulation that exemplifies Rome. The students also develop and research individual projects that may respond directly to some aspect of their new experiences or continue to build upon previous studio work. This program is intensive and interdisciplinary in nature.


Rome, Italy


Lazio, Umbria, Venice, Milan


UWRC finds apartments for students. Generally 3-8 students per apartment. Student apartments will be within a 5-20 minute walk from the Rome Center

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Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The Studio Art Program in Rome is primarily designed for undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Art + Art History + Design, but other UW students with an interest and background in art are encouraged to apply. Non-matriculated students would also be considered on a space available basis. The program is interdisciplinary by intent and students should have a desire to take full advantage of the entire experience for the betterment of their engagement with and practice of making art.

Participants are selected on the basis of high scholarship, academic preparation, motivation, emotional maturity, statement of intent, financial responsibility, and faculty recommendations. A portfolio of 5-10 images of student artwork may also be required. Any background in Roman/Italian art history or Italian language is very helpful, but not required. A good sense of humor is also recommended.

Students should be prepared to keep a rigorous schedule involving plenty of walking, stair climbing, etc. in Rome and during extended field trips and site visits. While in Rome it is possible to get most places by public transportation or taxi although often it is more convenient for the group to walk to their destination. Some sites offer elevator service but there are still many locations in Rome that require stair climbing.


17 Credits


ART 497 (10 credits)

This course will introduce students to the art, architecture, and culture of Rome and other parts of Italy through lectures, field trips, research, and daily experiences. The quarter will begin with a few short-term projects and presentations to get everyone acquainted with the studio and to stimulate dialogue between the students and faculty. In addition, students will be required to maintain a thorough sketchbook and/or visual diary documenting their experiences throughout the course of the program. Shared studio space, group critiques, and the varied studio backgrounds of the students make the program interdisciplinary by nature.

Learning Goals: 

See above. Student progress and projects are based upon grading rubric conveyed to the students and evaluated during group and individual critiques.

ART 497 (5 credits)

Individual studio projects are to be determined by the students in consultation with their program faculty. By mid-quarter, students will be asked to identify and begin work on a major final project. This may be a direct response to living and working in Rome or a continuation of work begun prior to the start of the program. For many students, the final project combines previous studio interests with the influences of the Rome experience. This work or series of works may be created using various methods or materials including: drawing, works on paper, painting, photography, painting, video, mixed media, sculpture, found material collage, or any combination of the above depending on the student’s interests and area of concentration. Frequent group critiques and individual discussions with faculty will be an active part of this course. Projects will be displayed in a group exhibition open to the general public to take place at the UWRC/Palazzo Pio toward the end of the program.

Learning Goals: 

See above. Student projects are evaluated during group and individual critiques. Grading is based upon clear grading rubric conveyed to students.

ART 497 (2 credits)

At the beginning of the quarter, a short course in Italian for travelers will be taught at different levels depending on the skills of the students.

Learning Goals: 

See above. Language instructors will evaluate students based upon progress and their final exam.

Program Directors & Staff

Jamie Walker, School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Co-Director

Jamie Walker is a professor in 3D4M and is currently the director of the SoA+AH+D. He was a founder of SAPR in 1994 and has helped lead the program many times. While his area of specialization is ceramics and sculpture he very much enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of SAPR.

Ellen Garvens, School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Co-Director

Ellen Garvens is a professor in the Photomedia Program. She has co-lead programs in Rome and to Leon, Spain. Her expertise in Photography and Video comes from a background in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Examples of her work can be found at She enjoys how the program challenges and facilitates intense growth for the students and faculty.

Lucy Clink, Staff

Lucy Clink received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and has lived and worked as an artist and teacher in Rome since 1987. She has an active studio practice which includes photography, drawing, painting and many things in between. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Italy and is currently a fellow of the Ranieri Foundation in Umbria.

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Program Expenses

Cost: $7,500

Estimated Program Fee of $7,500, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $40/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,300 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $7,500 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.