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IPFW Department of Fine Arts

2017 Study Abroad Program

The Art of Italy

June 5–26, 2017

Now students can travel, study and earn credit for a wider variety of classes including photography. Community travelers gain vast knowledge and insight along with the students. Complete trip details are outlined below.

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In our fifteenth year of Study Abroad travel, the IPFW Department of Fine Arts is excited to announce its 2017 program, The Art of Italy. After flying to Rome, we will tour the city that is home to such wonders as the Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican Museum with its Sistine Chapel, and the Borghese Palace, full of beautiful sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Caravaggio. Outside of Rome, we will visit the ancient Roman site of Ostia Antica; on another day we will journey to the unique hill town of Orvieto, site of one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy and the evocative frescos of Luca Signorelli. We will next stay in Venice, one of the most unique cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. While there, we will tour the Doge’s Palace and the Academia Museum which display paintings by such masters as Veronese and Giorgione. From Venice we will day trip to Padua and view the ground breaking frescos of Giotto in the Arena Chapel as well as visit the pilgrimage church of Saint Anthony. Lastly, while residing in Florence, travelers will see why this city was the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance. Art venues will include the Uffizi Museum holding paintings such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the Academia Museum with Michelangelo’s David, and the impressive Pitti Palace and Gardens. From Florence we will take a side trip to Siena, one of the most authentic medieval towns in Europe. This is guaranteed to be an amazing art and cultural adventure!

Travel Leaders

The trip will be led by Department of Fine Arts professors Christopher Ganz (drawing and printmaking) and Dana Goodman (sculpture and art history) and Visual Communication and Design Continuing Lecturer James Gabbard (photography). Any questions concerning the itinerary of the trip should be directed to Professor Goodman who can be contacted at or by calling 260-481-6009. 

Information about the complete cost and itinerary is outlined below for your convenience.


The IPFW study abroad program The Art of Italy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older unaccompanied by an adult. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Community members are welcome as well as IPFW students in any major. IPFW students are encouraged to take a three credit hour class during the trip. For non-art majors, several of our classes work within General Education Category A or B. (see below). IPFW students are required to have a 2.5 GPA when applying for this trip. The trip is limited to 15 travelers.


As part of the trip, travelers will receive transfers from the Rome airport to the center of the city as well as a Roma Pass, good for subway, bus, and local light rail transportation. While in Venice they will have vaporetto (water taxi) tickets to come and go on Venice’s water ways. Land travel between Rome, Venice, and Florence will be on Eurostar high-speed rail. We will travel by local rail trains to Orvieto, Padua, Pisa, Lucca, and Siena. A taxi transfer to the Florence airport at the end of the trip is provided.


Housing will be double occupancy with private bath in hotels run by non-profit faith-based organizations.   All accommodations are in good locations within each city, and will provide travelers with easy access to public transportation, central points of interest and the train stations.


All breakfasts, one lunch, and four evening meals are included on the trip.

Class Credit

Students can acquire three credits hours of study on the trip through the classes listed below:

Art Majors

FINA H495 Reading and Research in Art History (Pre-requisite FINA H111 and H112)

FINA P495 Independent Study in Drawing. (Pre-requisite FINA P121 and P122)

VCD P490 Independent Study in Photography (Pre-requisite VCD P202)

Department of Fine Arts majors:

Can use FINA H495 as an advanced art history credit or as part of the Art History Minor.

Can use P495 as an advanced studio credit.

H495 and P495 can be used by IPFW students as part of the Fine Arts minor.

H495 can be used for graduate credit.

Department of Visual Communication and Design majors:

Can use VCD P490 as an advanced studio credit.


Non-Art Majors

FINA H101 Art Appreciation (General Education Category A or B)

FINA N108 Introduction to Drawing for Non-Art Majors (General Education Category A or B)

FINA H101 and FINA N108 cannot be used as a General Education credit for Department of Fine Arts majors or IPFW students receiving the department’s Fine Arts minor.

Travel Costs*

For-Credit Traveler         $4,000 plus tuition                           

(IPFW tuition is $821.25)

Non-Credit Traveler        $5,000 

*The trip costs are based on 15 paid participants. The price might increase if there are less than 15 paid participants or due to increased prices of airfare and housing.

Financial Help

Students can receive financial help in several ways. The Office of International Education can help you apply for the IPFW Study Abroad Scholarship ($300-$500) and possibly lead you to other means that could help with travel costs. Contact Meg Underwood in Walb Union 145, 260-481-6494.

Students are eligible to apply to the Undergraduate Summer Research Support Program through the Office of Sponsored Programs. Please see the web site for program details and application requirements.

For majors in art, theater and music within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Dean’s Office of the College offers financial support for Study Abroad travel. Contact Gary Lanier in the Visual Arts Building, Room 102, 260-481-6707.

Costs Include

  • Round trip airfare from Fort Wayne
  • Double occupancy room with private bath
  • Breakfast each day
  • One lunch
  • Four evening meals
  • Transfers to and from airports and hotels in Italy
  • Transportation in Italy between designated cities
  • Bus/tram/subway tickets in Rome
  • Valporetto (water taxi) tickets in Venice
  • Entry fees into 20+ art venues
  • Purdue University insurance
  • Dropbox information folder
  • Travel Guide

Cost Does Not Include*

Meals not listed

Spending money

Additional travel and entry fees beyond those scheduled in the itinerary

*Travelers typically budget $400-$600 for meals and spending money


Payment Procedure

All payments must be made through IPFW’s Division of Continuing Studies in Kettler Hall Room 139. Credit or Debit cards are accepted for payments.

Payment schedule

Dec. 1, 2016                  $500 deposit

March 1, 2017                Balance of payment due                    

If you have any questions about payments or your account, contact Maggie Hunter in the Division of Continuing Studies at 260-481-6790 or

The Art of Italy Itinerary

June 5th

Fly from Fort Wayne to Rome                                        

June 6th - Arrive in Rome

We will transfer from the airport to our accommodation. A short orientation of Rome will be conducted prior to our evening meal.                 

June 7th-13th - Rome

While in Rome we will visit the Colosseum and Forum, the Capitoline Museum, Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Sistine Chapel, as well as the Borghese Gallery. In Rome we will also see many additional historical sites and churches; on separate adventures we will travel to the ancient site of Ostia Antica and the town of Orvieto.

June 14th - Train from Rome to Venice

We will board a Eurostar high-speed train for our trip to Venice.

June 14th -19th Venice

While in Venice we will tour the Doge’s Palace and the Academia Museum. In addition we will visit the churches of Saints Paul and John (SS. Paolo e Giovanni) and the Santa Maria Frari delle Gloriosa. On a trip from Venice to Padua we will see the frescos of Giotto’s Arena Chapel and visit the pilgrimage church of Saint Anthony.

June 20th - Train from Venice to Florence

We will board a Eurostar high-speed train for our trip to Florence

June 20th -25th - Florence

Our stay in Florence will include visits to the Uffizi, Bargello, Duomo (Cathedral), and Academia museums. We will also enter the Pitti Palace and its magnificent gardens as well as the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo church. We have a side trip planned to the beautiful town of Siena. Near the last days of our visit to Florence (June 24th), we will be part of the Festival of St. John, one of Tuscany’s great pageants culminating with a fantastic fireworks display over the Arno river.

June 26th

Fly from Florence to Fort Wayne