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SVA in Rome students take 2 Studio Courses and 3 Humanities Courses, as follows. SVA in Rome curriculum fulfills humanities distribution requirements for SVA undergraduate degree-seeking students.

SVA BFA students accepted to SVA in Rome will be registered for the below courses by their advisor. Classes meet weekly and begin in mid-January and conclude at the end of May. SVA in Rome has two spring breaks; SVA's spring break as well as an Easter break.

Documenting the City
3 studio credits
Documenting the City will explore the sites, museums, churches and palazzos, as well as the piazzas, gardens and street life of the “Eternal City.” Students will be encouraged to use drawing, photography, video, and the collection of ephemera and media detritus as a way to record not only the city, but also what interests and inspires them. We will visit nearby sites such as the Etruscan city of Tarquinia, the antique port of Ostia, and the Imperial Villas of Tivoli and Lazio. Sketchbooks are required; a digital camera is highly recommended.

Studio Workshop
3 studio credits
In this course, students will have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of materials and techniques while creating works of art that reflect their own personal experiences during their stay in Rome.  The course will be divided into three sections, each focusing on a specific Roman theme. For each theme, students will be encouraged to explore their own interests and work in different materials to create original artworks that relate to their discovery of the city.  Workshops, artist visits, and group critiques are important elements of this course.

Baroque Everywhere: The World In Motion
Qualifies as an HPD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
The use that the arts have made of Renaissance and Baroque aesthetics is the focus of this course. We will examine the links between classical art and its re-interpretation in the 1400s, and then the deviation (or development) of what was classical art starting in the 17th century. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how these changes resulted in a new philosophy of motion, that is, how the representations of human bodies (and religious icons) took on an enhanced dynamic value in the Baroque period, with profound results for the modern arts, and most characteristically in cinema. From the isomorphic world represented in the mathematical system of linear perspective, painting turns toward the artificial world of anamorphosis and the Baroque forms (Caravaggio and Bernini are the prime examples), in which the represented world loses its fixed points of reference. In this light, an artist like Bernini can even come to be seen as the first filmmaker.

The Art and Architecture of Rome
Qualifies as an HPD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the art and architecture of Rome. Beginning with ancient sculpture and architecture, it will continue through the Renaissance and Baroque periods and end with a look at modern and contemporary Roman art. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding works of art in context and how these works functioned or communicated in the culture that produced them. Through visits to the public spaces, churches and museums of Rome, students will observe these works of art firsthand.

The Urban History of Rome
Qualifies as an HHD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will study the history of Rome from the 7th century BCE through the 12th century CE. It will reconstruct the history of Rome by examining the material evidence available in the city’s architectural monuments, ruins and remains. We will consider the many ways in which the materials and forms of an ancient city have been repurposed and transformed.

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