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Music & Performing Arts: Renaissance Then and Now (Florence, Italy) (summer)
Florence, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02-MAR-2014 
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Variable 16-MAY-2014 29-JUN-2014
Summer 2015 01-MAR-2015** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
Study Center for U.S./Intl Students
 Areas of Study:
Music
 Minimum Required GPA:
2.50
 Minimum Class Standing:
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
Students must be Music majors OR have a solid background in music
 Housing Option(s):
Apartments/Houses
 Open to students from:
CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
English
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
6 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
6 Weeks
Program Information:
Florence by Night by Cindy King

 

  • Performance Studies in Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice

  • Electives in History of Renaissance Music, Italian, Art History, or History

  • CU and Italian instructors

  • Lessons, chamber music, master classes, and concerts in Florence and other Italian cities.

  • The Renaissance city of Florence is your home for 6 weeks!

  • Entrepreneurship Workshop for the Creative Artist

 

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi. Florence is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world and is regarded by many as the art capital of Italy. It has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and many more.

 

 

 

Renaissance Then and Now is an intensive study in performing arts. The program takes place in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Italian Renaissance artists were at the core of a major cultural and ideological shift. Through art, music, literature, architecture and philosophy they reshaped thought, social norms, and systems of the government. Their powerful example as agents of change remains a model o the role liberal arts can play to foster social and economic development.

Over the last five centuries, generations of students, scholars and artists have been inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Our 6-credit study abroad program aims at enabling young artists to hone their artistic skills and creative energy by living and performing both in Florence (universally acknowledged as the cradle of modernity) and other Italian venues.

All courses will be taught in English by local and visiting faculty/artists, with other U.S. students as classmates.

Students will take the performance studies course (for violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, or voice), the non-credit workshop in cultural entrepreneurship, plus one elective course in Art History, History or Music History. Specific academic and performance features include: weekly private lessons, rehearsals and coaching in chamber music, master classes led by CU and Institute faculty and guest artists, the workshop in cultural entrepreneurship and concerts in Florence and other Italian cities. All of these opportunities provide an intense, formative experience for promising young musicians.

 

  • The program is six weeks long, and will take place from mid-May to late June. Attendance is required for the entire six-week period.

For information about arrival and departure, see the Program Specific Handbook at the bottom of this page.

 

 

  Renaissance Florence program University of Colorado
Course Levels

100- and 200-level courses

lower-division

300- and 400-level courses

upper-division

Evaluation
 

all courses

 
Credit

6 credits

 

 

 

This section is being updated - please check back soon.

 

Local excursions will be provided. Please check back soon for more information.

 

In Florence, you will be living in double occupancy rooms in shared student apartments, located throughout the city. In addition to the rent charge, electricity, water and wifi internet service are included in the program fee. Housing will be arranged for you and ready upon your arrival.

 

You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Italy and back. The program officially begins in and ends in Florence. All transportation to required program activities and field trips within Italy is included.

 

Ponte Vecchio by Lindsey Weaver
 

The CU-Boulder program fee covers instruction, accommodation, administrative fees, program-related transportation, admission to sites visited, and health insurance. In addition, you will need funds to cover round-trip airfare, meals, books and supplies for the program and personal expenses.

 

 
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  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March. See here for more information.

  • Dante Alighieri Society Academic Scholarship and Music Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to front range area students. Applications are accepted in early spring for the following year's terms. Click here for more information.

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Tuscan Road with Trees near Florence by Meredith Barlow
 
 

 

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2013 Participant
My music history class was incredibly intimate and informative. Our lecturer was enthusiastic and took us on amazing field trips around Florence and even Bologna! Florence was the best location I could have imagined to immerse myself in music and culture. Unfortunately, I did not meet many local Italian people, which was one thing I did not expect. You can practically walk almost anywhere in Florence, but I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to figure out the bus system. I didn't get to travel outside of Florence as much as I wanted because it was incredibly expensive, but I was able to take some day trips to places nearby, which I enjoyed very much.