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Venice to Villas: 500 Years of Italian Design (CDAD 6600)
Venice, Italy; Vicenza, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Open to non-GW students: Yes
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Short Term Abroad
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GW Sponsored
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Venice to Villas

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CDAD 6600

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“Venice…a splendor of miscellaneous spirits” said John Ruskin. Venice's “miscellaneous spirits” that Ruskins speaks of reflects the culturally-diverse and stratified history of an important global crossroad. Just outside of Venice lies the Veneto, the verdant countryside of the Venetian Republic and setting of the most significant villas in Europe. This graduate-level, short-term study abroad explores the design culture of the Venetian Republic, from Gothic to Palladian architecture, to carnival masks and Murano glass--all of which developed from centuries of cultural exchange. Students witness first-hand histories of luxury, materials, and making, offering an evocative investigation of Italian identity and attitudes of foreignness. Beginning with a pre-departure series of lectures and critical discourse at the Smithsonian, students develop knowledge and a discrete vocabulary for tracing the history of glass, ceramics, print, textiles, furniture, interiors, architecture, and urban design. The methodology of this course adopts interdisciplinary approaches whereby students reflect upon materiality, objectivity, class, iconology, mimesis, gender, museology as well as formal art historical methods. Students also assimilate historic concepts of disegno, relating the practice of drawing to design, to structure assignments and group discussion. In addition, students are expected to consider and integrate themes related to display, context, conservation, authenticity, interpretation, etc. Throughout this course, students evaluate Venice and Vicenza as essential loci for cross-cultural encounters and intellectual exchange spurring the dissemination of materials, techniques, ideas, and goods. This course has the unparalleled opportunity to meet with world-renown artisans, scholars, and historians; museum curators and directors; as well as step inside the most important buildings that inspired Western culture. 

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Course Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate standing or graduate level humanities course. Please consult Professor Deans if you have any questions.

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Elizabeth Deans -
Assistant Professor of Decorative Arts & Design History
Director of Graduate Studies, MA in Decorative Arts & Design History

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
On Campus Dates: June 4 - June 8, 2018, 12:45-3:15pm 
Overseas Dates: June 11 - June 21, 2018

Please Note: The Office for Study Abroad registers students for this course. If you are accepted to the course, your registration may occur much later than the usual Summer 2018 registration. You can expect to be registered by mid-May if you have completed all necessary forms.

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