Participants are selected on the basis of high scholarship, academic preparation, motivation, emotional maturity, statement of intent, financial responsibility, and faculty recommendations. Any background in art, art history, Roman/Italian history or Italian language is helpful, but not required. Curiosity, openess to discovery through experiencing other cultures, and a good sense of humor are also recommended!
Please contact faculty members about this exciting opportunity.
"Materials, Making, Meaning" combines the expertise of the Divisions of Art and Art History to offer students an unparalleled hands-on experience of thinking about how artistic decisions have fashioned visual meaning in art from the Renaissance to the present day.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
Every other winter quarter, the School of Art + Art History + Design will offer a unique opportunity to study and create art in the vibrant and historic city of Rome. Through site visits within the city as well as field trips to additional areas of interest in Italy, students will experience first hand 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 that have made the city a destination for artists throughout history. The program will offer students an exceptional opportunity to integrate knowledge and exploration in both art making and art history. The program title, "Materials, Making, Meaning," points up the profound historical and contemporary links between the physical materials of art, the process of fashioning them into artworks, and the ways in which artists have employed material and process to generate uniquely visual forms of meaning. An introductory program module will expose all students to these dynamics, both in the creative process and in the study of art history. During the second half of the quarter, students can self-select an art or an art history track to pursue more in-depth artistic or art historical projects that explore the issues raised in the introductory module using the unparalleled artistic and cultural resources of Rome and Italy.
In Rome, the University of Washington Rome Center UWRC locates and selects apartments for students. Generally 3-8 students per apartment. Student apartments will be within a 5-20 minute walk from the Rome Center.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Participants are selected on the basis of high scholarship, academic preparation, motivation, emotional maturity, statement of intent, and faculty recommendations. Any background in art, art history, Roman/Italian history or Italian language is helpful, but not required. Curiosity, openness to discovery through experiencing other cultures, and a good sense of humor are also recommended! Students should be prepared for a good deal of walking, stair climbing, etc. in Rome and during extended field trips and site visits. While in Rome it is possible to get to most places by public transportation or taxi, it is often more convenient for the group to walk to destinations. Many sites offer elevator service but there are still locations in Rome that require stair climbing.
15 UW Quarter Credits
Art 246: Visual Resources Matter (5 credits) VLPA
This course will introduce students to the art, architecture, and contemporary 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 resources of the Rome Center and to stimulate dialogue between the students and faculty. Students will be required to make creative projects in response to their experience of living in Rome and what they are learning of the materials and practices of art making in the various artistic traditions to which they are exposed. A wide variety of contemporary and historical art materials and supplies can be readily found in Rome and will be used to complete the projects. Shared studio space, group critiques, and the varied backgrounds of the students make the program interdisciplinary by nature.
Learning goals include:
See above. Student progress and projects are based upon grading rubric conveyed to the students and evaluated during group and individual critiques.
AH204: Materiality 1 (5 credits) VLPA, I&S
This course is designed to introduce students to materials and processes of artistic production in European art from antiquity to the present, using the city of Rome as a living textbook in which this material history may be encountered and examined firsthand. Topics will include historical emergence and development of techniques of marble quarrying and carving, bronze casting, and painting in egg tempera, oil, and fresco. These artistic processes will be explored in conjunction with discussions of current art historical research that underscores the centrality of material to visual meaning and historical interpretation, and the discoveries of recent work in technical art history will be considered.
Learning goals include:
students from varied backgrounds and areas of study learn critical aspects of how materials of how materials are fashioned into meaningful works of art, and how art's materiality is currently being studied and understood by art historians.
Art 360: Matter and Making: Studio Research Project (5 credits) VLPA
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 include:
See above. Student projects are evaluated during group and individual critques. Grading is based upon clear grading rubric conveyed to students.
AH309: Materiality 2 (5 credits) VLPA, I&S
This course allows students to build upon the foundation of Materiality I through a deeper exploration of historical understandings and beliefs about materials and the ways these period ideas shaped the making and reception of works of art in secular and religious contexts. Discussions of more advanced readings in recent art history, specialized site visits, and the development of an individual research project in consultation with faculty will enable students to pursue their own specific interests in historical and contemporary artistic processes, taking advantage of Rome's unparalleled resources.
Learning goals include:
Students attain deeper understanding of critical recent directions in art historical research, and of the ways in which objects and the material world (rather than just words) have been and continue to be manipulated and refashioned so as to construct meaning for individuals, communities, and societies.
Estelle and Stuart Lingo (Art History)
School of Art + Art History + Design
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,400)
Food (about $15-20/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020
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.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by contacting the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad 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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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 disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.
Please contact program faculty for information about this unique opportunity to study with leaders in art and art history at the UW Rome Center!