College of Art & Design in Rome
Program director: Ursula Emery McClure
The city of Rome offers a deeply textured fabric through which one can engage in the most fundamental design investigations. The city is a collecting point for 2,000 years of efforts to structure the built environment around a shifting landscape. With countless examples of cultural artifacts of all scales, Rome presents a unique pedagogic space in which students can be immersed in the juxtaposition of adaptability and durability. As a teaching venue, Rome has the capacity to challenge the preconceptions of space-practice and expand the notion of human experience in the urban context.
The program is offered during the fall semester and is a 17-week, 15-credit-hour design curriculum taught by LSU and Rome Program faculty. Designed to integrate within the curriculum in the School of Architecture, the coursework enables students to engage in the built environment of Rome, testing observations through design work. Field studies, travel, and housing are coordinated through the administrative staff at the University of Arkansas Rome Center at Palazzo Taverna, a 13th-century palazzo located between the Vatican and Piazza Navona. The palazzo is home to private residential apartments, banqueting halls, diplomatic residences, and art studios. Students are housed in one of the cultural hearts of the city, Trastevere.