Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) is an independent non-profit school that provides accredited academic-year and semester studio art programs, short workshops, and summer classes of the highest caliber. The curricula and class schedules are based on the American University model and are taught in English, however students come from many countries and cultural backgrounds.
SRISA believes that a balanced curriculum of studio art courses and academic courses provides the most comprehensive experience for students who have chosen Florence as their place of study. Course offerings in liberal arts and culture complement the studio disciplines to provide students with an intellectual framework and historical context for their creative work. Within each discipline, course activities present a combination of traditional approaches and new technologies for the pursuit of artistic ideas.
SRISA is committed to providing a well-trained professional faculty and excellent facilities to give students highly personalized instruction that conforms to the expectations and requirements of an American university curriculum.
SRISA offers American University level undergraduate courses taught in English in a variety of areas of study. All classes, with the exception of Italian, are taught in English. Most students choose to study for one or two semesters. Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks long and students enroll in 14-16 credit hours.
Academic Lecture Classes
These classes meet twice a week for a total of 3 contact hours per week. Classes combine in-class lectures, discussion and on-site visits and instruction. Most academic courses are reading and writing intensive and will require a minimum of 6-9 hours of work outside of regular class-time.
These hands on courses meet twice a week for a total of 6 contact hours per week. Studio courses combine practical lessons, in-class demonstrations and slide presentations. When possible students go on-site to work or visit exhibits or museums of relevance to the subject being studied. All courses require outside work and in-class critiques, both group and individual. Advanced studio courses may require written assignments and many require students to keep a sketchbook.
Subject areas include Photography, Digital Imaging, Printmaking, Book Arts, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Museum Studies, History, Music Appreciation, Politics and Social Science, Literature, Creative Writing, Cinema (Film Studies), Journalism, Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, Textiles Design, Italian Language (All Levels), Intensive Italian.
For a list of course offerings, visit here: http://www.santareparata.org/academics/course_catalog/.
Double room in a shared apartment, single room in a shared apartment or private apartment. Housing costs include rent, reasonable utility usage, staff assistance, and administrative fees. For more housing information, visit http://www.santareparata.org/students/housing/.
Grading and Evaluation
Students are graded using the American University model of evaluation.
Most courses integrate on-site visits to museums and exhibitions and at times require day trips. These excursions are considered an integral part of the course curriculum and attendance is mandatory. The fees for these excursions are not included in tuition fees and students will be invoiced separately after the end of the add-drop period for these excursions along with general lab fees.
For a list of program dates, visit here: http://www.santareparata.org/admissions/dates_fees/.
To be considered for this program, students must submit an application for both UWM and SRISA by their respective deadlines. To start a UWM application, click on "Apply Now" button on the top of this page. Visit the SRISA website to apply.
Please see the top of the program page for cost information. Click on the term you are interested in and you will be directed to a budget sheet that contains program fees and other important financial information.
The program fee is set by SRISA. SRISA will invoice UWM for the program fee and this fee will be posted to students' PAWS accounts in addition to CIE administrative fees and mandatory health insurance fees. Please visit the UWM study abroad "Fees & Policies" page for details about program fees. Students should consult the SRISA website for latest program cost projections and inclusions and exclusions.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:
Financial aid, scholarships and grants may be used for our programs. Attend a Financing Study Abroad 101 Session to learn about study abroad costs and budgets and how financial aid can be used for study abroad, as well as general information on how to search for scholarships and other funding resources.
Based on eligibility, students may apply for any scholarship either through our office or elsewhere. For a general list of study abroad scholarships and grants, visit our webpage. We encourage students to search widely for other scholarships that can be applied to their study abroad program.
Are you a Pell Grant recipient? Check out the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.