The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Art. Professor Mark G. Langeneckert will lead this four-week program in Florence, Italy, hosted by SAI Programs.
In Florence, students who choose to study drawing, painting or photography will be provided with individual instruction, demonstrations and group critiques. Explore the beauty and history of the Renaissance under the unique blue of the Florentine sky — painting, sketching, taking photographs or creating designs inspired by the magnificent surroundings. Picture yourself immersed in the splendor and culture of Florence, visiting museums housing some of the greatest artworks of Western Civilization, lingering in splendid Renaissance and Baroque churches, villas and palazzos, venturing out to other beautiful sites and cities such as Siena, Assisi, Bologna, Venice and Rome.
The main focus of study for this program is the development of students' conceptual skills in regards to art-making. What does it mean to make art in a city of such rich cultural and historical importance? It is the job of the instructor to address this question and assist each student in finding his/her own "voice." The expectations of the instructor will vary according to the level of experience and skill of each student. The instructor will provide individual and group demonstrations of various drawing, painting and photography techniques in order to help the students get started. Students will have the option of taking drawing, painting or photography for undergraduate or graduate credits.
All students who join the program will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of four credits.
All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.
Students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in shared apartments in Florence. During overnight excursions to Venice and Rome, students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in three-star hotels. For the most part, students will be responsible for their own meals.
There are few places more suited to studying art than in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. Florence remains an important place for the creation of all types of art today. Artists from all over the world come to Florence to study and find inspiration for their work. Students participating in the program will also be able to visit Rome and Venice along with other artistic hubs while attending lectures and tours. Italy's artistic, culinary and cultural reputation will impress and inspire students to develop and improve their own work.
Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Travel might include visits to:
University of Missouri faculty member Mark Langeneckert, Department of Art, will accompany the students to Florence. Professor Langeneckert has experience leading MU summer programs in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, and will be a great asset to the program.
Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.
Mark Langeneckert earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1980. He later worked as a freelance illustrator in New York before joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2004, he joined the faculty at MU as director of drawing and the Florence study abroad program.
In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.
Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.
Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.
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Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.
We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.
This program is not currently accepting applications.
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