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Interior Design in Italy

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Florence Program offers an opportunity to those enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program to study abroad and 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 an enhanced academic experience. It includes a core of required courses in the major, with supporting elective offerings. The planned program consists of a full academic load. The coursework and course descriptions are shown below. Minor variations in the program may take place from year to year; all course offerings, credit hours, etc. are subject to change.


ID 41095 Hist-Contemporary Design Italy - 4 credit hours

Explorations on problems of interior design within historic context. Substitutes for ID44505.

ID 44535 History of Interiors - 4 credit hours

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 - 2 credit hours

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 Sketching and Drawing - 3 credit hours

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.

ARCH 46995 Video, Media and Architecture - 3 credit hours

In the context of a wide survey on the evolution of media and architecture relations, the course will explore and reflect upon the critical role media (books, magazines, the Web, videos) played in the advancement of the architectural discourse between the 20th and the 21st Century up to today. Students will be offered the possibility of "reading" architecture in relation to media.


ARTH 42095  Italian Art - Giotto to Bernini  (1300-1680) - 3 credit hours

CLAS  21405  The Roman Achievement – 3 credit hours

HIST 38095  Europe in the Renaissance  – 3 credit hours

POL  40995  European Issues  – 3 credit hours

BUS   30234  International Business – 3 credit hours

FIN   36053  Financial Management – 3 credit hours

COMM 35852  Intercultural Communication  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  Comparative Media Systems  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  Practicum in European Media  – 3 credit hours

COMM 45091  The Genius of Florence  – 1 credit hour

ITAL 15204  Basic Conversational Italian  – 2 credit hours

ITAL 15201  Elementary Italian I  – 4 credit hours

ITAL 15202  Elementary Italian II  – 4 credit hours

ITAL 25201  Intermediate Italian I – 3 credit hours

ITAL 25202  Intermediate Italian II  – 3 credit hours

ITAL 35213  Italian Conversation & Composition II  – 3 credit hours

To view elective course descriptions:

The Florence Program requires "full-time" status, which means taking 11 credit hours or more. Students at KSU, including guest students, can take up to 18 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. You may request credit overload over 18 credit hours if you meet the following criteria: 19 credits with GPA >2.6 | 20 credits with GPA >3.0 | 21 credits with GPA >3.5

for more information:

Ms. Lisa Pozo, CAED Global Education Administrative Secretary,, 330-672-3765
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