The College of Architecture offers a program at the Texas A&M University Santa Chiara Study Center in the Tuscan hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. The town, located south of Florence, is accessible to the rest of Italy by train.
Housed in a renovated 17th Century convent, the semester-long programs provide students with an opportunity to live and study abroad while taking courses that satisfy design curriculum requirements. The Santa Chiara Study Center includes a student dormitory, dining, and study space. The town of Castiglion Fiorentino offers a typical Italian small-town environment encouraging exploration and social interaction.
The program offers course work for fourth-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students and third-year Bachelor of Environmental Design students. Construction Science students can also participate in the program's design-build studios. Master of Architecture students can participate during fall semesters.
Course work includes studio projects addressing the context of Italian culture, art, history, and civilization. Field trips to historic sites in Italy are part of the program.
Fall and Spring Semester courses in Italy will include:
301. Field Studies in Design Innovation. Credit 1 to 6.
Design innovation in international and domestic environments away from the Texas A&M University campus; emphasis on the cultural, social, economic, geographical, climatic and technological factors influencing design solutions for human needs.
311. Field Studies in Design Communication. Credit 3.
Design communication in international and domestic environments away from the Texas A&M University campus; emphasis on the tools, methods and techniques for design communication.
331. Field Studies in Design Philosophy. Credit 3.
Design philosophy in international and domestic environments away from the Texas A&M University campus; emphasis on the historical, philosophical, cultural, social and economic factors that influence design solution.