A Global Education: Studying Photography in Italy
With a backdrop of beautiful medieval villas, cathedrals and historic museums and galleries, Italy is home to Webster University photography students every spring for a two-week intensive photography class and, starting in 2018, an intensive video class as well. While the photography class focuses on digital photography, adding a video class broadens the learning objectives and final outputs from the program.
“The idea is to offer students the chance to register for these two classes with two different teachers to work on a project involving photography, video and blogging for Webster University’s international program publication called 78 Magazine,” notes program director Francesco Arese Visconti.
The class takes place in Italy’s Tuscany region. Traditionally, students meet in Pistoia, Italy, a city just north of Florence, where they stay in a villa for the coming week. The villa is equipped with computers and digital tools, so students not only take their cameras onto the streets and scenic locales around Italy, they also learn about the post-processing workflow.
Students also spend time in Florence, where they visit the city’s public galleries and art spaces. Included in the trip are visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the Alinari Institute, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Museo Nazionale Alinari per la Fotografia (MNAF) and walking tours with 35mm cameras.
Italy is one of several study abroad programs highlighted in the latest issue of PDNedu. Learn more about Webster’s program and view the full feature in the free digital edition of Spring 2018 PDNedu here.