Art and Incarnation in Rome, Italy
Summer Global Seminar 2020
Rome: The Eternal City, birthplace of Western culture, cradle of Christianity. Art and Incarnation is an Art History study abroad program that tells its story through the lens of Rome and its wonderful monuments. Art and Incarnation fulfills requirements for Art Majors and Minors and also fulfills several general education requirements.
Students spend nearly a month living and studying in Rome and will earn ten SPU credits. Through daily visits to places such as the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Christian catacombs, and Hadrian's Villa, we explore the unfolding of European artistic expression from ancient to modern times. Shared daily excursions include tours highlighting the artistic and historical significance of important sites followed by afternoon seminars. Special evening activities will include walking tours of Rome’s historic neighborhoods, dinners in authentic Roman trattorias and visits to Rome’s best gelato shops. Excursions to Florence and Venice are included.
Students enrolled in the art portion of the program will choose TWO of the following four courses:
ART 2602: Western Tradition I: Ancient and Medieval Art (5 credits, No Prerequisite)
Survey course treating Western Art (and its major Eastern influences) from Ancient Egypt through the late Middle Ages. Attributes: Arts and Humanities A, Ways of Knowing Arts.
ART 2603: Western Tradition II: Art since the Renaissance (5 credits, No Prerequisite)
Survey course treating Western Art from the Renaissance until the middle twentieth century.. Explores both the history of Art and the unique facets of the artistic process. Attributes: Arts and Humanities A, Ways of Knowing Arts
ART 3612: Urban Spaces of Rome (5 credits, No Prerequisite)
A longstanding sacred and administrative center, the city of Rome has been shaped and reshaped by successive rulers to reflect social values, answer economic demands, and shape the lives of the people. In this course we will explore the neighborhoods of Rome, discuss the ideological, aesthetic and functional uses of public space and learn to identify Rome's manifold archaeological strata, from the earliest subterranean remnants to the uppermost layers of the modern city. Attributes: Upper-Division, Arts and Humanities "A", Writing "W" Course, Ways of Engaging
ART 3613: Church Architecture of Rome (5 credits, No Prerequisite)
As the administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church, the city of Rome boasts a wealth of ecclesiastical architecture, including world famous buildings like St. Peter's basilica in Vatican City. In this course we'll learn to identify the major styles of Roman church architecture, acquire understanding of church decorative programs and their political meanings and discover the life history of Roman Church buildings, from the simple basilicas of the Early Christian era to the Baroque fantasias of Rome's second Golden Age. Attributes: Upper-Division, Arts and Humanities "A", Ways of Engaging
Application deadline: February 15, 2020
Tentative Program Dates:
June 25: Depart USA on independent overnight flight to Rome
June 26 Program begins
July 23: Program ends
Housing and meals
Students will be housed in centrally located apartments with other SPU students. While students will find some aspects of these buildings comparable to what they have experienced in the USA, it is important to keep in mind that buildings and apartments in Rome are older, smaller and will have some "character."
Apartments are typically equipped with Wi-fi, but is not guaranteed in all bedrooms. Apartments are in close proximity to convenient metro and bus lines. Students should expect to commute to their classes and typically they will be located within 20-30 minutes walking distance or by public transportation to the classroom facilities.
Two group meals are included, and students should plan for the majority of their own meal expenses. We estimate that you should budget for approximately $200 per week for meals. There are plenty of affordable restaurant options in Rome, as well as local markets to purchase fresh produce and groceries to prepare your own meals. Apartments will have fully equipped kitchens.
Included in Program Fee: Tuition (10 summer credits)
|2020 Program Fee (Estimated):
|$5,900 + $300 Confirmation Payment (Administrative fee)
Not Included in program fee:
- Lodging in student apartments
- Two group meals
- Ground transportation including airport transfers
- Entrance fees to group cultural and sightseeing activities
- Excursions and group activities
- Excursions to Florence and Venice with transportation and hotel
- Medical insurance for the duration of the program
- Airfare to Rome - approximately $1,000 - $1,400
- Most meals. Students should budget for approximately $200 per week for meals and snacks. (Student housing is equipped with kitchens)
- Personal spending money (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
- Trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Not required, but highly recommended - costs vary
Students on the Rome study abroad program may be eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying.
*Please note that program fees are estimated until the number of student participants is confirmed
To give students the flexibility to travel before or after the program, shop for cheap airfares, or use frequent flier miles, we do not include flights in the program fee. It will be each student's responsibility to book their own flights.
Please do not book your flights to Rome until you have been instructed by the study abroad office to do so
. We will give you the exact dates and pre-arranged arrival time so that we can coordinate airport transportation. You will be notified after all students have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed. As a courtesy, we will identify a 'preferred' flight that students may book through SPU's travel agent or on their own. Specific information about flights will be provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive in Rome and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing.
If you choose to arrive early and not meet at the airport at the designated time, you will be responsible for your own transportation into the city to meet the group. We will give you instructions on how to get to the meeting point.
After the program is over, many students choose to stay in Rome or travel independently in Europe. Return airport transportation is not included in the program fees, so you will need to plan accordingly. There are inexpensive options to get to the aiport, and during the program you will be advised on the best options.
Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure,
Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.
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Associate Professor of Art; Chair of the Art Department
Office: Art Center
Dr. Katie Kresser, Seattle Pacific University’s resident Art Historian, believes that great art teaches us empathy, unveils human nature, and forces us to think outside the box. It can do this because it draws on raw human experience, demanding honesty and inspiration, not just adherence to "the rules." Since she was a child, Dr. Kresser has marveled at how eloquently visual art can reveal the mind-spaces of people living far away or in the distance past; for her, Art History has been an unparalleled journey of the imagination. For this reason, Dr. Kresser also believes that art can build bridges today. After all, if art can help us understand the past, it can surely help us understand our neighbor!
In her scholarly writing, Dr. Kresser focuses on the history and criticism of art in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is interested in mapping the artistic process and in the way identity markers such as race, gender, and religion impact both artistic creation and the viewing experience. Dr. Kresser has published on a wide range of topics, including the philosophy of art, art worship, and influential personalities including Paul Cezanne, Yasumasa Morimura, Jeff Koons, and John La Farge. She has won several grants and awards to help fund exhibitions and research, including a prestigious Graves Award in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Kresser is currently working on a book about art, theology, and morality.
Dr. Kresser developed the Rome program in 2008 and has enjoyed sharing her love of the Eternal City and its art history with students ever since!