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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
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 Location Rome, Italy
Winter Quarter
January 4 - March 11, 2016
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,800
 Credits 15 credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Ivan Drpic (Art History); Erin Griffin (Art History)
 Adviser Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline June 15, 2015
 Information  Session(s) Wednesday, May 20 4:00-5:00 P.M; Friday, May 22 4:00-5:00 P.M. Both sessions held in Art 317
  General The Art History Seminar in Rome provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to study art and architecture on site in one of the epicenters of Western civilization. Nearly all classes will take place on site, in churches, museums, archaeological sites, and public spaces in and around Rome.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
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Program Description

Academically rewarding and intellectually transformative, the Art History Seminar in Rome provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to study art and architecture on site in one of the epicenters of Western civilization. With its superb and astonishingly rich artistic treasures, Rome is an ideal place to investigate Italian art and architecture r from ancient times to the present. The seminar will take full advantage of this opportunity; nearly all classes will take place on site, in churches, museums, archaeological sites, and public spaces in and around Rome. Two courses will be offered in the Winter of 2016: “Art and Visual Culture in Rome from Augustus to Mussolini” (ARTH 397, 10 credits), which surveys the multilayered artistic heritage of Rome through a careful study of select monuments and artworks that represent both continuity and change over the city’s long history; and “Art, Power, and the Sacred in Medieval Rome” (ARTH497, 5 credits), a specialized course devoted to Rome in the medieval era and its visual and religious cultures. While the focus of the Seminar is upon th city of Rome, study trips to other locales are also envisioned. These include day trips to Tivoli, Assisi, Siena, and a week-long excursion to Ravenna and Venice.

The Seminar’s goals are fourfold: (1) to give well-prepared students the opportunity to experience and engage directly with original works of art and architecture on site; (2) to study the artist and cultural heritage of Rome and the Italian peninsula from antiquity to the modern era; (3)  to facilitate small-group, collaborative, and in-depth learning; and (4) to create a stimulating intellectual environment for students to grow as scholars through taking an active role in preparing, planning, and leading on-site discussions. Students will leave the Art History Seminar in Rome with both significant new expertise in art history and a profound sense of personal accomplishment.

The Seminar is based at the University of Washington Rome Center, housed in the beautiful and historic Palazzo Pio in the heart of Rome. Built on the foundations of the Theater of Pompey, ancient Rome’s first permanent theater dedicated in 55 B.C.E., the seventeenth-century palace incorporates a medieval tower and adjoins the Campo de’ Fiori, site of Rome’s most attractive open-air market. The Center offers full access to the UW’s online resources, a specialized library, and classroom facilities.

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Rome, Italy


Rome, Ravenna, Venice, Tivoli, Assisi, and Siena, Italy.


Students will be staying in apartments rented through the University of Washington Rome Center. The apartments will accommodate between three and nine students and will be located within a 20-minute walk to the Center.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The Art History Seminar in Rome is primarily designed for undergraduate students with a major or minor in art history. The Seminar, however, welcomes students with a background in related disciplines such as history, studio art, religion, literature and anthropology. Given the academic rigors and requirements of this program, an ideal applicant would be a strongly motivated, inquisitive, and industrious student who is eager to engage in collaborative work and to learn from his or her peers. The willingness to embrace and explore a foreign culture such as Italian is highly desirable.

The selection of participants will be based primarily on academic criteria. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one course in art history or related disciplines such as history, studio art, religion, anthropology, archaeology, classics, or Italian studies at the 300-level by the beginning of the program. No knowledge of Italian is required for this program.


15 Credits


Art and Visual Culture in Rome from Augustus to Mussolini - ART H 397 (10 credits)

This course provides a wide-ranging introduction to the exceptionally rich artistic heritage of the city of Rome focusing upon key artworks, monuments, and sites. As the capital of emperors, popes, and modern dictators, a goal of pilgrims, artists, and antiquarians, a repository of fabulous riches, and an object of dream and desire, the Eternal City presents us with a unique and multifaceted history. From the ruins of ancient temples to the vertiginous opulence of Baroque church interiors, from palaces and museums to fountains and piazzas, Rome provides an ideal chance to study not only some of the iconic masterpieces of Western civilization, but also the complex interaction between art, society, politics, and religion. Combining a broad chronological survey with a detailed examination of paradigmatic works, this course explores Roman art across the city's centuries-long history as a dynamic continuum of forms, motifs, and ideas.

Learning Goals: 

In addition to the general academic goals of the Seminar outlined above, this course has several specific learning goals. By successfully completing the course, students will (1) significantly improve the skill of close visual analysis through direct engagement with original works of art (2) hone the skills of critical reading, thinking, and analysis by studying both primary resources and works of secondary art-historical scholarship; (3) get accustomed to speaking in public and leading academic discussions; and (4) develop a better understanding of the continuities, transformations, and raptures in the history of Italian and European art across centuries.

Art, Power and the Sacred in Medieval Rome - ART H 497 (5 credits)

Spanning a thousand years from the reign of Constantine the Great to the transfer of the papal court to Avignon at the beginning of the fourteenth century, this course investigates the art of medieval Rome and the religious, political, and aesthetic concerns that shaped it. During the medieval era, the former imperial capital assumed a new identity as the most important center of Christianity in Western Europe, the seat of papacy, and a major pilgrimage site, home to countless relics of martyrs and saints. The course explores how the visual arts were mobilized to promote the power and authority of the popes and articulate Rome's sacred identity. Topics to be addressed include the development of monumental church decoration, pilgrimage and the cult of relics, the role of icons in civic life, the phenomenon of spolia, and the nexus between art and politics. Special consideration will be given to the ways in which the art of medieval Rome self-consciously revived and reinterpreted the city's imperial past.

Learning Goals: 

In addition to the general academic goals of the Seminar outlined above, this course has several specific learning goals. By successfully completing the course, students will (1) further develop the skills of visual analysis and critical reading; (2) further improve the skill of oral presentation; (3) deepen their understanding of the values, ideals, and attitudes that conditioned the production and reception of art in a culture very different from our own; (4) gain familiarity with a range of quintessentially medieval artistic techniques and media, from monumental mosaic to enamel and ivory carving; and (5) deepen their understanding of the role of politics and religion in the development of Italian and, more broadly, European art.

Program Leaders

Ivan Drpic, Faculty, Art History, Program Director

Erin Giffin, Teaching Assistant, Art History, Program Assistant

Program Expenses

Estimated Cost

Estimated Program Fee of $7,800, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($300), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500 - $2,000* 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 $300 January 22, 2016
Program Fee Balance $7,800 January 22, 2016

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, one recommendation 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.


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.

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 $300 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.