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Book Arts in Venice (Faculty-led)
Cornuda, Italy; Florence, Italy; Venice, Italy; Verona, Italy
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer I||2015||02/04/2015 **||Rolling Admission||05/14/2015||06/05/2015|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Housing Options:||Hotel (double), Apartment||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Class Standing:||Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore||Program Specialist:||Sakhi Vyas|
|Language experience required:||No||Program Length:||Short-Term|
Venice, Italy and the surrounding region have long been known as a center for education, art, and the production of books. During this study abroad program we will visit Northern Italy to see art, visit historic libraries, and work in printing and typography studios to create a limited-edition book written and illustrated by the members of the class, containing text printed on antique presses using movable type, and simple hand bookbinding. The history of books is multi-disciplinary, and this class is designed for students in many departments of the university including Art, English, Science, Engineering, History, and Education. All studio instruction is given at an introductory level and beginners are encouraged to apply.
Note: Students interested in Book Arts in Venice should also look at The Italian Journey program, held during the 2015 Summer I session and based in Florence. Applications will be considered to both programs, for students who wish to stay the entire six weeks and earn additional academic credit.
Before the trip begins the students will work at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center to create handmade hardcover journals they will carry with them on the trip and use for writing, sketching, and making observations.
While in Venice the students will work at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (www.scuolagrafica.it) to create drypoint etchings. They will visit many historic sites including Piazza San Marco, the Accademia di Belle Arti, the Scuola di San Rocco, and the National Library of Venice. A day trip will be taken to the city of Padua to see the Scrovegni Chapel of Giotto and the podium where Galileo delivered his lectures at the Palazzo del Bo.
After a week in Venice the class will move to Verona. Here we will visit the Museo Conte, a small printing facility that has been in operation in the historic center of town for over 100 years, operated by the Conte family. We will also explore ancient Roman ruins and the medieval Piazza delle Erbe.
For the third portion of the trip the class will move to Florence for six days, to study at Firenze Arti Visive (http://www.firenze-artivisive.org), an art school housed in the former studio of the Renaissance artist and historian Giorgio Vasari. Here students will learn printing techniques and visit historic sites including the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Accademia, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed.
After leaving Florence the class will travel to Cornuda, a small town in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, where Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione (www.tipoteca.it) is located. Tipoteca is one of the largest letterpress museums in the world, with antique presses and an extraordinary collection of moveable type, including Art Nouveau and early 20th century Italian wood and lead characters. In the town of Cornuda, students will stay in an argiturismo—a country farmhouse that has been converted into a bed and breakfast—within walking distance of the studio facility. Here the class will work with Lucio Passerini, a noted fine press printer, to learn to set and print the text of their publication and bind the books by hand. Each student will complete the course with a copy of the collaborative publication.
When the students return to Michigan, an exhibition will be scheduled for the fall of 2015 at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center to display the journals, intaglio prints, and completed letterpress publication, and share the students' experience with the community.
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Good academic standing.
Participants may earn three (3) academic credit hours in ART 5000. WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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The WMU program fee includes: undergraduate tuition, admininstrative fees, orientation at NBS, housing (BSN Double Room), and international health and emergency assistance insurance.
The program fee does not include: airfare, meals, local transportation, passport and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping,etc.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
+ Qualified fees (tution)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee
Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the Summer I semester.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.
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TBA - RCVA 1004
TBA - pre-departure meeting with the WMU Study Abroad
TBA - Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
5/14 Depart from the U.S.
5/15 Arrive in Venice.
5/22 Transfer to Verona.
5/25 Transfer to Florence.
5/30 Transfer to Cornuda.
6/4 Transfer to Venice.
6/5 Depart from Venice and return to the U.S.
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Program faculty director:
Professor Jeffrey Abshear
Frostic School of Art
Lee Honors College
WMU Study Abroad:
Study Abroad Specialist
Host Institution Information (external links)
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Scuola di Grafica Internazionale
Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione
Country Information (external links)
Italy - Lonely Planet
Venice - Lonely Planet
Verona - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Italy
Culturegram - Italy
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