Students will enjoy eleven days in and around the exciting cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, situated on the blue Mediterranean Sea. The study abroad experience will give students access to some of the world’s most extraordinary works of art and architecture, spanning ancient Roman structures to early Modernism and including contemporary examples. Picasso’s earliest doodles and paintings, Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical buildings, and medieval masterpieces all await!
About the ProgramFA 309 Special Topics: Art and Architecture of Catalonia is a semester-long spring art history course with a hands-on, creative component. Students will learn about the expansive, amazing array of architecture and art in this autonomous region of Spain, along with experiencing the unique culture of the region. Participants will lodge in a 17th century building, in a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, just over an hour from Barcelona.
The itinerary includes visits to the Picasso Museum; Gaudí’s buildings and structures in Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia; the iconic Barcelona Pavilion; the medieval town center of the city of Girona; Roman city ruins in Tarragona; and the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona, among other sites.
This special topics course may fulfill the following requirements:
- General education requirements for cultural OR visual literacy
- SA requirement for FA/SA 309 Special Topics
- 300-400 level ID elective for Interior Design (including the Decorating minor)
- Elective for the International Studies minor
- Elective for the Art History minor
- 300-400 level elective
3 credit upper level course offered on a rotating basis
No language requirement (although some knowledge of Spanish or Catalán is helpful)
Upper level students given priority but all may apply.
Short application form required.
Cost and Aid
All dinners at the local restaurant Can Noguera are included in the program fee. Lunches (when out and about) and breakfast are the responsibility of each student. La Rectoria has a full kitchen available for student use.