The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Florence Program offers an opportunity to study abroad to those enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program, to expand their typical educational curriculum. Besides an appreciation of Italian and European architectural and interior design tradition from the perspective of the very cradle of Modern western culture (Florence), the students will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest research in interior design.
An outstanding lecture series, featuring some of the most interesting personalities from the various fields of design in Italy and all over Europe, further enriches the students’ experience.
The Florence Program is considered an enhanced academic experience. It includes a core of required courses in the major, with supporting elective offerings in two and three credit increments. The planned program includes full academic load of eighteen semester hours. The coursework and course descriptions are shown below. Minor variations in the program may take place from year to year.
All participating students are enrolled in the following:
ID 41095 Hist/Contemporary Design - Italy [studio] (4) (substitutes for ID44505)
ID 44535 History of Interiors (1600-present) (4)
ID 44527 Study Tours (2)
ITAL 15204 Basic Conversational Italian Language (2)
ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing (3)ARCH 46995 ST: Forces That Shape Cities (3)
ARCH 46995 ST: Cities and People: The Post-Modern City (3)POL 40995 ST: European Issues (3)
POL 10500 World Politics (3)
ART 42095 ST: Italian Art (from Giotto to Bernini) (3)
HIST 38095 ST: Italian History (from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment) (3)
MCLS 40095 ST: Italian Literature (from Dante to Goldoni) - in English (3)
MUS 42095 ST: Music in the Renaissance-Baroque Period (3)
THEA 11000 The Art of the Theater (3)
CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement (3)
PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics (3)
ECON 42295 International Business (3)
ID 41095 Hist/Contemporary Design - Italy
Explorations on problems of interior design within historic context.
ID 44535 History of Interiors
A chronological study of housing and furnishings from the Renaissance to the Victorian Period (16th to 19th centuries) and 20th century, with a special emphasis on European history. Prerequisite: ID 44534.
ID 44527 Study Tours
A combined lecture and seminar that provides a theoretical foundation for studio exploration. Topics include the history of urban evolution and figure ground studies.
ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing
The design professions increasingly, with the widespread use of digital technologies, require sketching and drawing abilities. This course is meant to help students develop such skills with in-studio instructions and demonstrations, but especially through on-site exercises. Understanding, representing, and effectively communicating the physical environment, as ultimately one's own design ideas, is the core experience of the course.
ITAL 15204 Basic Conversational Italian Language
Students may choose to immerse themselves in a survival course in conversational Italian. Students begin with a week of “immersion” in which language is the only course being attended. Lessons are supplemented with excursions to shops, restaurants, and the Central Market where students learn how to survive Italian style.