This program explores European architecture using three very different approaches, each emphasizing firsthand encounters with the built environment. One course surveys European architectural history, ranging from the prehistoric trilithons at Stonehenge to contemporary housing developments aspiring to net-zero energy consumption. A second course examines practices and controversies in the management, presentation and conservation of architectural landmarks and urban historic districts. A third course teaches observational drawing skills using architecture as its thematic focus.
Numerous architectural landmarks—such as the Alhambra, Chartres Cathedral, the Colosseum, the Duomo of Florence, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Hampton Court Palace, the Pantheon, the Paris Opera House, the Sagrada Família, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Tower of London, Versailles, the Villa Savoye and over a dozen other UNESCO world heritage sites—along with scores of additional venues, offer multicultural case studies pertinent to all three courses in the program. Students will spend time in Barcelona, Granada, London, Paris, and Rome, but will also make day trips or overnight visits to other locations, such as Cordoba, Florence, and Ravenna.
All students are welcome to apply. There are no prerequisite courses and no prior experience or skills are expected. The program fulfills the curricular exploration requirements for both Arts Practice and Literary/Artistic Analysis. It also fulfills the International Studies (IS) graduation requirement. In addition to Art History and Studio Art, this program can provide 6 or 12 credits towards a variety of pertinent majors and minors.