Art and Architecture in Florence

Art and Architecture in Florence
Buildings by the water in Florence.

Conducted in English

This course explores the principal architects, monuments, and themes of fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian architecture. Emphasis will be placed on Renaissance architecture in Florence, but the course will also consider architectural developments in other major Italian cities. Most lessons will include a lecture in class and an on-site visit in Florence. Topics in focus will include: architectural theory, the relation between architecture, painting and sculpture, patronage, urban planning and church and palace design. Attention will be given to specific artists: Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Masaccio, Michelozzo, Donatello, Bernardo Buontalenti, Giorgio Vasari, Sandro Botticelli, Bramante, Michelangelo, and Palladio. Travel during class time is strictly prohibited.

Mandatory Field Learning Activity on Sunday, January 12th

Location & Dates:​

Location: Florence, Italy

  • NY departure and return dates: January 2-22, 2020
    Arrive in Florence on January 3rd

Course Information:​

Course: 3 credits, ARTH
Faculty: Florence University of the Arts
​Tentative Class time: Monday – Friday / 3 PM- 5:30 PM
Housing: Shared housing in apartments

Program Costs

Cost paid to Study Abroad Office: $1920

Housing, tuition differential, student and lab fees $1460
Travel insurance: ​ $60
QC program fee: $400

Not included in the above cost:
CUNY tuition​ for in-state, matriculated undergraduates $915
(For out of state, undergraduate: $1860)

Airfare: $1000-$1300 (estimate)
​Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses: $25 to $30 per day


Please keep in mind
  • Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria).
  • Some programs may require travel on Fridays and some Saturdays
  • Students are encouraged to apply early