Florence was the birthplace of Renaissance art. While staying in the heart of this medieval city, students will have an opportunity to explore the artistic, historical, and cultural milieu into which Renaissance art was born and where Raphael, Michalangelo, and da Vinci worked side by side. The notion of artistic genius began in Florence, and the level of creativity in this small city changed art forever. Museum visits within the city and field trips to Siena and San Gimignano will allow students to study masterpieces of art close up and where they were meant to be seen.
- The development of humanism and how it influences the arts
- The role of patronage in the Renaissance arts
- Renaissance architecture and perspective
- The development of sculpture and its influence upon painting
- The masters of the 1400s - Masaccio, Uccello, Botticelli, della Francesca
- Secularization of art and a changed status for the artist
- The High Renaissance and the rivalry between da Vinci and Michelangelo
- Mannerism: breaking up Renaissance space
"Florence, the birthplace of genius"
Faculty: Dr. John S. Nolan, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
May apply toward upper-level credit for the humanities major, Italian associate degree or certificate curriculum, or electives.
Tentative Course Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday)
|1400||Class meets at the Hotel Plus Florence|
Room assignments and light lunch
Introduction to the class requirements
Visit to San Miniato
Day 2 (Sunday)
|0830||Baptistry, Laurentian Library, Bargello, and Cathedral Museum|
|1345-1545||Lecture at the hotel|
|1615||Entry to Brancacci Chapel|
Day 3 (Monday)
|0900||Cathedral, Orsanmichele Museum (architecture), Piazza Signoria, Sta Croce, and Pazzi Chapel|
|1330-1700||Lecture at hotel|
|1700||Ospedale degli Innocenti and SS Annunziata|
Day 4 (Tuesday)
Day 5 (Wednesday)
|0900||Palazzo Rucellai, Sta Maria Novella and Cloister (painting), Sta Trinita, and Sta Felicita|
|1630||First visit to the Uffizi|
Review sheets distributed
Day 6 (Thursday)
|0900||Davanzati Palace, S. Apollonia, S. Marco, and Sta. M. Magdalena|
|1200-1400||Lunch and climb the dome|
|1600||Pal. Medici and Chapel of the Magi, Accademia|
Day 7 (Friday)
|0900||San Lorenzo Complex and Medici Chapels, Sta Spirito, and Palazzo Pitti (optional)|
|1615||Review visit to the Uffizi|
|1930||Conclusions and review lecture|
Day 8 (Saturday)
|0900-1030||Review and question period|
Accommodation and Transportation
For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions.
The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.
Textbooks and Course Materials
Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials.
You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail email@example.com.
Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 5 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.
For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
Before you leave:
- Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
- Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
- Check the weather forecast for your destination.
- Obtain city maps for your destination.
- Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
- Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
- Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.
For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.