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This course offers students a first-hand journey through the history of Spanish art through the study of some of the most important works and artists, from the the Middle Ages to present-day works. The program emphasizes the practical component which wi
Location:
Madrid, Spain
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The geographical location of Spain has formed the peninsula into a bridge of African and European cultures. Its art, therefore, has been influenced by a wide variety of cultures and civilizations, creating a unique, idiosyncratic and fascinating paradigm of world art history. These characteristics make Spanish art the ideal candidate for an overview of global art history.

This course offers students a first-hand journey through the history of Spanish art through the study of some of the most important works and artists, from the the Middle Ages to present-day works. The program emphasizes the practical component which will consist of cultural activities in which the student will learn about the works of art directly in their original location. The city will become our classroom. Therefore, the five senses will be employed to study ART (a short word for such a complex reality).

All students will complete a 3-credit Art History seminar. A total of 45 hours of class-contact will be distributed in 4 weeks. The lecture classes will take place at AIL Madrid. Students will have one Friday free to be able to organize a long weekend. The seminar will be divided into two components – a theoretical and a practical part. There will be a total of 5 lectures taking place in the classroom and the former will consist of cultural activities which will include visits to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Sorolla, Reina Sofía Museums and Caixa Forum Foundation. Also there will be one two-day trip to the Arab Spain (Andalusia) and one-day trip to Toledo. These cultural visits will constitute the main body of the course with on-site lectures, outside the formal classroom setting. The focus of the program will be to experience art in the flesh.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in a student residence. Most meals are included in the cost of the program. Cultural Activities: The program will offer students regular excursions and field trips. Students will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Sorolla, Reina Sofía Museums and Caixa Forum Foundation. In addition to sites in and around Madrid, students will travel on a two-day trip to Andalucia and a day trip to Toledo. Also, we will enjoy a Flamenco show, a visit to the Madrid flea-market and an optional bullfight. There will be an optional Saturday trips to Segovia with the BC group.
Cost:
$3,832 (estimated cost)

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