Course Description: This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills and basic techniques of shooting color and black and white images with digital cameras. Special emphasis will be placed upon aesthetic and visual concerns as well as presentation and craftsmanship. The course focuses upon understanding and operation of the camera, manual exposure, composition, history of photography, and image correction through Adobe Photoshop. Advanced students who already have a strong foundation in basic digital photography will be introduced to advanced techniques of photo editing through Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom software. By the end of the course students will have developed an understanding of their own photographic language and have acquired a more critical eye.
This course introduces beginning and advanced students to the formal and technical issues of on-site painting. Students will learn to accurately and creatively render from life. The class will address the challenges and benefits posed from working on-site. Taking advantage of the city of Florence and its environs students will work primarily on location in museums, gardens and other historic locations of interest to the instructor and students. For practical reasons students will be encouraged to use only water based colors though more advanced students may choose to further develop work done on location in other medium outside of class time.
The end of the 1950’s brought about new directions in artistic practices and beliefs. The role of the artist in society changed significantly with the advent of Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual art, Performance art, and art, Installation art and many other artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century. Starting with a review of the formative artistic ideas, which led up to these new directions, this course will take a close look at the art of today. This inquiry is of absolute importance for artists wishing to understand the challenges faced in the 21st century. Students consider theory as a way to become an inspired and autonomously creative thinker and will do several writing assignments in conjunction with topical readings.
This is a course for students who are interested in contemporary Italian literature, culture and language. The program will cover Italy’s most important authors from the Unification of the country to the present day. Particular attention will be given to a selection of poets and writers who were born or who lived in Florence, so that students can have a deeper experience and understanding of those authors and their work. Through many different readings students will have the chance to analyze the language, politics, ideology, art and life of this historical period. Students will read literary texts, poetry and prose, presented in English translation, but constantly compared and contrasted with the original Italian version.
This course will guide the student in the history of Florence in order to make clear the birth of this worldwide beloved city and understand the history of Italy, its contradictions and divisions, but also its great art, literature and political development. The Students will be presented with an interdisciplinary overview of the history of Florence until the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of Modern Era. The most prominent characters of the Florentine history will be presented one by one, through visits on site.
Using Italian fashion as a model, this course is structured to familiarize students with the history of Italian fashion design. From textile design and accessories, to haute-couture and prêt-a-porter, students will explore the many aspects of the Italian fashion industry.
Visits to design studios, fashion exhibits and textile factories introduce students to the industry first hand.
The history of Italian fashion component of the course will begin pre-WWII, explore the High Fashion in Rome during the 50’s, the birth of the Italian Fashion Industry in Florence, and ready to wear in Milan. There is a special focus, through videos and visits, on the lives and careers of the most relevant Italian designers of the 20TH century in order to offer a general understanding of the foundation of Made in Italy.
This course is a survey of the global fashion industry emphasizing the role of both design and merchandising and all aspects of the development of apparel and accessories from fiber to finished product in a retail setting. Students will work on assignments and projects that will help them fully understand the depth and breadth of the fashion environment. Group critiques and class discussions will enrich student knowledge of the subject by comparing projects and opinions. The course is intended for students that want a thorough understanding of the global fashion industry and career opportunities within the various levels of the fashion environment.
This is an entry level Italian language course designed for students who have never studied the language before. The goal of the course is to obtain a basic but solid understanding of the Italian language through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Upon completion of this course students should have the basic communications skills needed for day-to-day activities.