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Examine art, design, architecture, urban spaces, and archaeological sites that are relevant to the history and culture of Rome. For centuries, Rome's sites have directly influenced architecture and visual culture. From Raphael to Michelangelo, artists have visited Rome and studied its structures, monuments, and traditions. The city was seen as a museum, and treated as such by scholars and pilgrims alike. You'll learn about the formation and development of public spaces and explore areas that are less frequently visited including an underground basilica and ancient Mithraic temple. You'll experience Rome's distinct neighborhoods, local cuisine, and participate in market culture.

The application deadline for the summer 2023 program has been reached. To inquire about next year's program, contact the faculty director, Marissa Tirone (

Program Term: Summer
Program Dates: Late-June to early July
Credits: 3

Program Highlights:

  • Learn representational techniques for documenting aspects of place through sketching, collage, writing, and comparative analysis.
  • Visit all major sites from Ancient and Medieval Rome, the Renaissance, and the Baroque
  • A day trip to Orvieto will give you the opportunity to see the typical organization of a smaller town, its relationship to the landscape, and its unique double spiral well.
  • An excursion to Pompeii will offer you the chance to see the elements of an ancient Roman city. You will get a sense of everyday life, domesticity, and different building types during the visit.

IDEA 590/690 - Rome: Examining Art & Design in the Eternal City
No pre-requistes. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. No Italian language required.

Application deadline: Mid-February

Program Cost: Student budget worksheet (summer 2023 program) - outlines all program costs. Students can take a copy of the budget to a meeting with RIT financial aid to learn if aid would apply towards program costs.

To Apply

1) Watch this short video to understand all the application steps - Faculty-Led Programs: Student Application Steps 

2) Start an application in the Study Abroad Compass

COVID-19 & Study Abroad

The RIT Education Abroad office is constantly monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting international travel, with student safety as our top priority. While RIT no longer requires students to be vaccinated, we highly encourage study abroad participants to stay up-to-date with immunizations, boosters and social distancing polices. In fact, study abroad partners and vendors, travel providers and foreign governments may have different requirements and it is the students responsibility to understand and adhere to all requirements and guidelines. For the most up to date information and FAQs, please visit COVID-19 & Study Abroad 

Language of Instruction: 
Course Discipline: 
Art, Design, Architecture
Undergraduate, Graduate
Open To: 

RIT students only