The Rome Alliance
The SEC Rome Alliance Program is located and managed by the University of Arkansas’s Rome Center. The alliance, a developing consortium of SEC universities with architecture and design colleges, includes, in addition to the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee, Auburn, and LSU. Other associated universities include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Philadelphia University, and the University of Rome (La Sapienza).
The center includes studies in an array of design-based disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation, fashion and textile design. Course work in cultural and architectural history, sustainable technologies, travel writing, and Italian extend and broaden the design curriculum.
Commencing with the Grand Tour in the 18th century, travel studies long have been an integral component of an architect’s education. Once the exclusive province of a cultural and financial elite, today programs such as the Rome Alliance offer remarkable cultural and pedagogical opportunities to a growing array of students from an ever-broadening socio-economic base. Akin to the college’s program in Krakow, Poland, the Rome Alliance offers a substantive alternative to the more normative cultural tourism all too common to most design-based study abroad programs.
By moving beyond the classroom, students in the Rome Alliance are exposed, in situ, not only to buildings, landscapes, gardens, and urban contexts, but no less importantly, the historical and cultural forces out of which they emerged over three millennia. Through exercises that include on site measured drawings, sketching, photography, and writing, students learn to observe, analyze, and synthesize, developing their ability to think critically about design in relation to its physical, cultural context, and geo-political contexts. Moreover, Italian urban centers offer the unique opportunity to explore 20th-century modernism as it confronted the weight of history. Designing for contemporary programs in complexly layered historically significant environments is at the core of the Rome Alliance experience.
Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters credits vary, but include design studios accepted by UT.
Students will register for courses at UT and receive 15 resident credit hours for the program. The courses available to University of Tennessee students at the Center are as follows:
|Historic Preservation: A Theoretical and Methodological Overview||3|
|History of Italian Design||3|
|Modern & Contemporary Rome||3|
|Art and Culture in Italy||3|
|Architecture of the City||3|
Students will be hosted in double occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area. There will be 4-6 students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-internet access and/or wi-fi and washing machine. They are located in the Trastevere or Prati areas and require 20-30 minutes commuting on public transport. Exact housing placements will be given to students upon arrival.