Students in Art & Art History can pursue study on Dickinson programs in Toulouse, Norwich, Bremen, and Bologna, and can also undertake semester and full-year options at a Dickinson-approved program in Florence (Syracuse University, SACI).
Summer Studio Program
Toulouse is a thriving cultural and commercial center on the Garonne River, just north of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France from Spain. Its buildings are of pastel brick, giving Toulouse the name La Ville Rose.
A city rich in art and architectural history, Toulouse is home to two of the most famous churches in southern Europe; the Romanesque Basilica St. Sernin, and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Etienne. The wealthy pastel merchants of the Renaissance built elaborately decorated homes, such as the Hotel d'Assezat, now home to the Bemberg Foundation collection of Renaissance, Venetian, and Impressionist Art. Toulouse is also home to over 20 museums of art representing collections from ancient Egypt through the present day.
The Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse, located a short distance from the city center, is in a refurbished villa in a charming park-like setting on the Canal du Midi. It contains large, sunny classrooms, a library, a kitchenette, and a student lounge.
This two-course program, designed for approximately fifteen students, runs from roughly June 12 through July 22 and provides a concentrated six-week study of painting and drawing. The emphasis of the painting part of the course is 'en plein air', while the drawing course focuses on architecture.
Students majoring in art history or studio art can pursue their studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich England for a full year. East Anglia offers a complete curriculum in art history, from introductory-level courses through advanced, upper-level topics courses. Museum studies also comprise a significant part of the curriculum, and Dickinson students have the opportunity to take these courses as well. Studio students have options at the Norwich School of Art in virtually all media, including photography. Dickinson students who complete a successful year at East Anglia, now have the option of pursuing a Masters degree there upon their graduation from Dickinson.
The program of Syracuse University in Florence is one of the most well-established and successful foreign study programs in the country for the study of art history and architectural design. Dickinson majors in art history and studio art have studied for a semester or full year at Syracuse in Florence for the past fifteen years, and some have gone on to complete M.A. degrees there after graduation. A full range of art history courses are offered in English by leading scholars in the field, and students typically live with Italian host families. A prior knowledge of Italian is not necessary. The Art & Art History department also has a formal affiliation with Syracuse in Florence which entitles all accepted Dickinson students an automatic $1,000 tuition deduction. The pre-architecture program requires a studio portfolio for admission.
Studio Art Centers International in Florence is the most serious and respected study abroad program in studio in Florence. A full range of courses in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media are offered by practicing artists, including digital photo and video. All courses are taught in English and SACI is one of the very few programs abroad to offer an established program in art conservation and restoration. Dickinson studio majors have had excellent experiences at SACI during their junior year abroad.
The Dickinson program in Bologna is one of the oldest in our Global Education Program. Recently, we have expanded and developed the program to take advantage of the rich possibilities for art history and studio majors to study in their areas of concentration in one of the richest cultural cities in Italy. Art history majors can take courses at the prestigious University of Bologna while studio majors can take select courses in the equally historic Accademia delle Belle Arti. A basic competency in Italian is necessary. Students interested in attending the program in Bologna are encouraged to take Italian prior to their junior year.