Rome Program

Spring Program

The College of Design Spring Rome Program provides a structured curriculum for the direct study of European—and in particular Italian—architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. The program offers students what is for most a first-time opportunity to travel to and experience the physical and cultural settings of major architectural works overseas. In addition to significant buildings, the students are exposed to and study the urban geography and culture of a major European capital, a city of unique contemporary and historical importance—Rome—within the context of its regional landscape and the Italian urban tradition.

At the end of the program, students will:

  • have an understanding of the history of Rome, its urban development since antiquity, and the cultural significance of many historic works of Roman art, architecture and landscape architecture;
  • have learned to make drawings and other graphic representations relevant to their discipline using diverse media and techniques at an advanced level;
  • have completed a major design project
  • have direct experience of numerous contemporary and historic sites, buildings and works of art related to their course of study.