Study Abroad

BU Study Abroad Programs in History of Art & Architecture

The following is a summary list of Boston University Study Abroad programs that currently offer courses on the history of art & architecture as well as internship opportunities in museums and other art-related institutions. Additional overseas programs are being developed and this list will be updated whenever new programs are introduced.

For further information on any of these programs, please contact BU’s Study Abroad office at

888 Commonwealth Avenue, 
Boston, MA 02215;
tel: 
617-353-9888
fax 617-353-5402
e-mail: abroad@bu.edu;
http://www.bu.edu/abroad/

 

* Students interested in the fall program at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London and/or the London-Paris Summer Program on Architecture & Urbanism should also contact Professor Fred Kleiner in BU’s Department of History of Art & Architecture at fsk@bu.edu.

 

Auckland, New Zealand Internship Program

CAS AH 505 Internship in Arts/Arts Administration
Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts in Auckland. Work in one of the city’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, and New Zealand Music Industry Commission.

 

Burgos, Spain Language and Liberal Arts Program

Opportunity to enroll directly in Art History courses at the University of Burgos.

 

Dublin, Ireland Internship Program

CAS AH 505: Internship in Arts/Architecture/Arts Administration
Work in music, dance, literature, architecture, education, visual arts, or multimedia for architectural firms, museums, theaters, performing companies, or galleries. Past internship placements have included the James Joyce Centre, the Gallery of Photography, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Improvised Music Company.

 

Rome, Italy- Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies

Renaissance and Baroque Art History: Arthist255A(144A)
The purpose of this course is to examine the original cultural context, formal development, and meaning of the art and architecture created in Rome from the late 15th through the end of the 17th centuries. Included are a variety of works from different stylistic periods, such as Early and High Renaissance, Mannerism, Counter-Reformation and Baroque.

Ancient City- CLST 241A-1
Students will learn the topography and monuments of Rome in relation to its growth and history, and as objects of art and architecture meriting study on their own. Students will analyze the religion of ancient Rome in relation to its monuments and topography. Students will recognize the architecture and engineering of evolving Roman building techniques. Students will understand the importance of infrastructure to the growth of Rome. Students will recognize the social and political dynamics of class, religion, and uses of physical space.

 

London, England and Paris, France Architecture and Urbanism Program (Summer)*

CAS AH 381: London Architecture and Urbanism
Explores the evolution of urban form in London from the walled town of the Middle Ages to the modern city, discussing town planning and architecture in relation to urban, economic, and cultural history, and to the other arts.

CAS AH 383: Paris and its Architecture: From Monument to Urban Landscape
Traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism, from the Roman era to the present, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and emphasizing dynamic relationships among architecture, urban development, and socio-political history.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London, England Art History Program with the Courtauld Institute of Art *

 

CAS AH 320: Modern British Art and Design
Provides a broad introduction to visual arts and design in modern Britain. Through lectures and visits to museums, galleries, and dealers, examines the recent history of art and design, the London art market, and the British art establishment.

CAS AH 388: British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century
-This course provides an introduction to British painting, and it is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The structure of the course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. The course offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums.

CAS AH 300: Frameworks for Interpretation: Historiography and Display
An introduction to some of the key philosophical theories, particularly aesthetic theories, that inform the history of art. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CAS AH 430: Greek and Roman Art
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Greek and Roman art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CAS AH 440: Seminar, Late Antique and Medieval Art
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of late antique and medieval art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CAS AH 450: Seminar, Renaissance Art
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Renaissance art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CAS AH 460: Seminar, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CAS AH 490: Seminar, Special Topics in the History of Art
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.


 

 

 

 

London, England Internship Program

CAS AH 381: London Architecture and Urbanism
This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of London and its buildings. The growth of the city as a historical phenomenon, covering early-modern London to the present day and the development of various architectural styles will be discussed in the context of social, political, economic, and social change. The course is aimed at a wide audience rather than architectural specialists, although some familiarity with British history is helpful.

CAS AH 320: Modern British Art and Design
This course is designed as an introduction to the arts in Britain. The course should serve to widen specialists’ knowledge, and to provide non-specialists with an overview. The course should cover core elements on such subjects as funding, institutions, accessibility, and value of British Arts.
CAS AH 388: British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century
This course provides an introduction to British painting, and it is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The structure of the course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. The course offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums.

CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture/Art Administration
Study the current art market in London. Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts in the UK. Work in one of London’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Proud Galleries, Cadogan Contemporary, and the Dalí Universe.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London, England Liberal Arts Program (Summer)

 

CAS AH 319: Arts and Media in Britain
This course is designed as an introduction to the arts in Britain. The course should serve to widen specialist’s knowledge, and to provide non-specialists with an overview. The course should cover core elements on such subjects as funding, institutions, accessibility, and value of British Arts.

CAS AH 381: London Architecture and Urbanism
Explores the evolution of urban form in London from the walled town of the Middle Ages to the modern city, discussing town planning and architecture in relation to urban, economic, and cultural history, and to the other arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Madrid, Spain- Internship Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture
Study the current art market in Madrid. Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts and work in one of Madrid’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included Galería Durán, Museo de Artes Decorativas, and Sotheby’s.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madrid, Spain Language and Liberal Arts Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in the Museums of Madrid
Spanish painting in relation to its Flemish and Italian antecedents. Topics include “Primitive Spaniards,” El Greco, Baroque painting of the 17th century (Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo, etc.), Goya, 19th century (el Casón del buen Retiro), and 20th century (Centro Cultural Reina Sofía). Students are required to visit other museums in Madrid and special expositions in conjunction with this course.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archaeology and Art History Courses at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid


Padua, Italy Language and Liberal Arts Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS IT 341: Introduction to Art History: From Giotto to Tiepolo
This course focuses on the Art in Italy between the beginning of the XIV century and the end of XVIII Century, covering painting, architecture and sculpture. The objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the styles as developed by the individual artists, and to allow the works of art studied and their style to be understood and placed within their cultural context as expression of the taste, ideals and philosophy of each century.

CAS IT 520: Art Seminar on Masterworks of the Italian Renaissance in Venice/Tuscany
The course is intended as to understand the historical background, birth and development of the Renaissance painting in Tuscany, in particular Florence and Siena. These two cities have been the only centers for the development of the new artistic language and style during the XIV and XV centuries. We will analyze the political, social and cultural background of masterpieces of several artists from Giotto to Michelangelo, and then we will focus to the artistic contents of their works. We will also take into account the ways and routes along which this new artistic language spread all over Italy, including a survey on Piero della Francesca in central Italy, Leonardo in Milan, as well Raffaello and Michelangelo in Rome. In Padova, we will focus, in details, on works we can see directly, by two leading artists such as Giotto and Donatello. We will visit the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Giotto) and the Basilica del Santo (Donatello).


 


 

Paris, France Internship Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 356: French Art and Architecture: Contemporary Art in Paris
This class is an occasion to better understand contemporary French society through a study of various cultural manifestations that have marked the Parisian art scene since the middle of the 19th century. It allows visiting students to understand that Paris is not only a city with a brilliant and prolific artistic past, but is still today an important cultural place. The seminar offers the opportunity to experience contemporary visual art under its various expressions (painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, video art). It gives students the tools for investigating the various meanings of a work of art and ultimately prepares them to argue and defend their own perspective on the most recent cultural productions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quito, Ecuador Language and Liberal Arts Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunity to enroll in Art History and Architecture courses at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sydney, Australia Internship Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture
Work in book publishing, museums, theaters, galleries, and art events. Past internship placements have included Museum of Sydney, Australian Museum, Harper Collins Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 4A, Michael Chugg, and Sydney Theatre Company.

CAS AH 374: Australian Art & Architecture
The development of Australian art and architecture from the beginnings of European settlement to the present. Evolving forms of Aboriginal art as well as the culturally diverse sources for non-indigenous Australian art during the past two centuries. Local adoption and adaptation of imported styles and materials, and emergent notions of national and personal identity. A field trip to Canberra highlights the art and institutions of the nation’s capital


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuscany, Italy Landscape Painting Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 257: Renaissance Art
This course examines the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Tuscany from 1250 to 1505. The course will focus on master works of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture which constitute major contributions to Western art.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venice, Italy Studio Arts Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 354: History of Italian Art
This course explores the development of Venetian visual culture from the thirteenth century through the end of the sixteenth century. Lectures take place in different locations each day and emphasize the importance of seeing and understanding works of art in the physical and historical context for which they were originally created. Therefore, class time will consist of visits to important public spaces, churches, and monuments (as well as some important galleries and museums) in Venice. To help put the Venetian context within the larger one of Italy as a whole, we will also go on field trips to the island of Torcello and the cities of Padova, Florence, and Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Washington, DC Internship Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above listings are current as of March 2012.