Past Program

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

A city of paradoxes or merely contradictions? American historian Thomas F. Madden describes Venice as "a city without land, an empire without borders." French philosopher Régis Debray, on the other hand, calls it "a kind of Euro-Disney for snobs," whereas Italian novelist Italo Calvino treats it as a paradigmatic point of intersection between death and desire, and so the quintessence of every city on earth.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Venice, Italy
When
Winter 2016

Course Dates: Jan 4, 2016 — Feb 7, 2016

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Non Major Studio Elective
Course Numbers
  • NMSE-0723-01
Cost
$3975

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019

Full Course Description

This course presents the opportunity for a cultural and literary interrogation of Venice, in situ, in combination with an immersive studio course.

A city of paradoxes or merely contradictions? American historian Thomas F. Madden describes Venice as "a city without land, an empire without borders." French philosopher Régis Debray, on the other hand, calls it "a kind of Euro-Disney for snobs," whereas Italian novelist Italo Calvino treats it as a paradigmatic point of intersection between death and desire, and so the quintessence of every city on earth. Venice's status as off-shore metropolis at the top of the Adriatic-a marshy haven from invading "barbarians" that has conquered, traded with, and been dominated by its antagonists, including the sea, over more than a millennium makes it one of the most intriguing and atypical cities in Europe, if not the world.

Permission of instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for LAS-E723. Students will receive 3 non-major studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

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