Founded in 1993 with an emphasis on Renaissance art and architecture in Italy, this program was expanded a year later to include the whole history of Roman culture and, some years later still, to cover the history of ancient architecture and the arts in Greece as well. Each summer, instruction is delivered entirely on site at palaces, temples, churches, civic spaces, and museums. Teaching is shared by three Georgia Tech faculty members: one in Greece and southern Italy, one in Rome and its environs, and one in Florence and Venice. The seven-week traveling tour (by subway, bus, train, boat, and donkey) takes students to ancient sites in Greece such as Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Epidauros, and to ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque sites in Italy such as Pompeii, Rome, Tivoli, Florence, Siena, and Venice.
In order to be enrolled full-time, students are required to take a total of four classes during the summer program and one preparatory course the preceding spring that provides practical advice and guidance about student work in advance of departure. The five courses are:
COA 3114/6114: Art and Architecture in Greece (3 credits)
COA 3115/6115: Art and Architecture in Italy I (3 credits)
COA 3116/6116: Art and Architecture in Italy II (3 credits)
ARCH 4921/8921: Special Problems (independent study) (3 credits)
ARCH 4127/6127: Greece-Italy Prep (1 credit)
All program travel, lodging, and site admission tickets are pre-arranged and paid by the program. Students are individually responsible only for plane travel to and from Europe and daily meals.
Contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Thanos Economou: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Website: http://italy.gatech.edu