The studio art curriculum draws upon the immense historical and cultural resources of Rome’s art and architecture, providing a semester of extraordinary opportunity and creative growth.
Students receive individual instruction flexible enough to accommodate personal artistic practices. Students can work in any medium and projects may include paintings, photo essays, collages, performance installations, sculptures, drawings, and books. Additionally, students can intern two days a week with galleries, museums, arts organizations, or artist studios to gain, international work experience and exposure to emerging and world-class artists.
Prominent international artists residing in Rome present lectures and critiques and host students at their studios. An extensive and varied field trip program balances historic collections with modern and contemporary art, and the best of Italy's notable towns and cities.
Each student is assigned dedicated studio space for the semester and shares the palazzo and classes with undergraduate architecture and urban studies students, as well as visiting students. Cornell in Rome participants frequently exhibit in local galleries and art spaces.
The required Rome Studio (ART 3001) counts toward one 3000-level studio and students also enroll in courses in art history, architecture history, cinema, contemporary art, and Italian language.
Cornell students in good academic standing who have completed two years of B.F.A. study are eligible for participation. Accomplished studio art students from outside Cornell are admitted by review of their academic record and portfolio. All art students are required to enroll in ART 3001. Internship placements are optional.
Students may attend the program in the first or second semester of their junior year. Under special circumstances, and by petition, first semester seniors may also participate.