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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Photography, Writing and Contemporary Art in Italy
Selected Topics – CPMA 20500 (3 credits)
With Professor Nicholas Muellner

This program provides students with an opportunity to continue their study of photography, creative writing, and historical and contemporary art, working in the incomparably rich cultural settings of Rome, Italy.  The program includes a trip to the Venice Biennale – the largest and most important international contemporary art exposition in the world.

Course Overview
This course will take advantage of the particular situation in which we find ourselves – living in the beautiful, iconic, historically rich foreign city of Rome – to simultaneously pursue visual and written work and art historical study.  In Rome, we will explore Renaissance and Baroque visual and narrative styles, applying them both to creative experiments and to our analysis of contemporary global art in Venice. 
Students with a background and/or interest in photography, writing, cinema, fine art, and art history are encouraged to apply. This course satisfies an Art History elective requirement in the BS Still Photography and BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Art degrees.

Program cost estimate: $4,500 (pending confirmation of rates and enrollment)
Program costs will include tuition (3 CPMA credits), studio fee and housing in Rome (Cornell apartments in the very center of the city), museum entrance fees, four-day trip to Venice and international health insurance. A competent digital still camera, laptop computer, and money for meals and other personal expenses will be required. Italian language skills are helpful but not required.

All applicants must email Professor Nicholas Muellner at with a brief declaration of interest.  No prerequisites and open to all majors; preference is given to those with course experience in photography, film, visual art, and art history.
Priority application deadline: December 21, 2018.  Applications will continue to be accepted through February 16, 2019, as space allows.
Please contact Nicholas Muellner at with any questions.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.