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  • Macerata, ITALY

    Live What You Learn
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I 2014 03/01/2014 05/01/2014 06/23/2014 07/27/2014

*You may complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

Students will understand how to read and make good images that go beyond the everyday snapshot. They will specifically explore photographic syntax, modern and postmodern theories, postproduction processes using Adobe Lightroom®, and editing and selecting work for their portfolios. Finally, they will learn how to create a basic web site to disseminate their work safely. The site will have at least 12 photos per project, per student, along with artist statements that describe the goals of their work. There will be three Critiques/Reviews throughout the 5 week period and each critique should show evidence of increased understanding in making a “good” image.

Visiting Faculty

Lopez IsnardiIn summer 2014, Alma College professor Sandra Lopez-Isnardi will teach one course in Macerata, Italy, alongside local Italian faculty. Enroll in Professor Lopez-Isnardi's Photography: Beyond the Snap Shot, and understand how to read and make good images that go beyond the everyday snapshot. To view promotional materials for the program, please click here.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Through readings, examples, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on shooting experiences, open lab sessions, postproduction techniques, critiques and reviews, students will get the chance to understand and improve their abilities as photographic artists and/or photo journalists. Journal writing and reflecting will include impressions of Macerata, Italy, culture, artists reviewed, articles read, personal ideas, and experiences with each excursion and photo shoot.

Housing Description

Students will experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other students throughout the town of Macerata. Each apartment is within walking distance of the AHA center and classrooms, as well as near small local grocers, restaurants and cafés unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks, kitchen tables and chairs, a television and a mobile telephone. You will share a bedroom with one other student, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, an electric oven and a gas stove. You will also receive two sets of linens (bedding and towels) and each apartment has a washing machine and drying rack.

 "This program offers students the chance to learn about themselves

while learning about Italian culture. I loved everyone in my program and hope to live in Macerata someday."