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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Art Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
Florence Fine Art study tourProgram details:
  • Tour Leader:  Irene Barberis
  • Program Dates: 30 June - 16 July 2018         
  • Availability:  15 – 20 students
The RMIT Florence Fine Art Global Intensive takes place in the heart of the city of Florence. This course is a 2 week intensive painting and drawing course focussing on ‘plein air’ work. Dr Irene Barberis will be taking this course, in affiliation with the SACI Institute, which is based in Florence and New York. We will be making work outside and in museums, gardens and developing work in our special studio in the centre of Florence – we will be working during the day and also have some night painting classes. Your level of skill and knowledge of colour, painting, history, narrative, drawing and the ‘art of place’ as an intuitive response to material, painting, drawing, architecture and idea will build your confidence and exposure to international art and location. You will return with a wide grounding in visual interactions within Florence and locations on our field trip/s, a full folio of artworks and ideas ready for further development. We will be visiting and working in places such as the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vechio, Florence Baptistery, Santa Croce, Giotto’s Campanile, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Santa Maria Novella Medici Chapel, Museo Galileo, San Marco, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and of course, ‘David’ and many more locations.
  • Our field trip will be to Sienna and San Gimignano.
  • On Monday and Tuesday nights there are open drawing classes at the SACI studios – any other field trips, openings and museum trips which the SACI students are going to are open for all RMIT Florence Fine Art Global Intensive students to attend.
  • We will have a small exhibition of works for those who would like to participate at the SACI Institute, either in Florence or New York.
  • Each weekend is free time, and as such you will be free to organise a group to go to Venice for the weekend (at your own cost), or to Rome and the many other tours available in the surrounding areas.
  • There will be an orientation upon arrival, with a welcome dinner, as well as a farewell dinner. There will be an onsite walking tour to the art stores and nearby stores and markets.
  • The SACI admin will be able to advise students and give advice in all things pertaining to ‘Florence’.
  • We will be having two meetings at RMIT University before we meet in Florence; I will have Skype meetings with any International Students enrolling.
Program cost
Additional costs to consider:
  • Flights
  • RMIT tuition tee
  • Host Country visa (if applicable)
  • Personal Expenditure
** RMIT student travel insurance:
Students are now covered by RMIT’s travel insurance, although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. For more info, please refer here.
  • All RMIT program students (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework)
  • Non-RMIT students may undertake the tour via a single course enrolment
Academic Credit Accommodation
Accommodation will be in double rooms in the heart of Florence, in SACI’s own very comfortable student accommodation (single rooms will be available for additional cost TBC)

Application and Selection process 
STEP ONE: Express your interest in undertaking the study tour via email to
STEP TWO: Approved students will be advised and directed to enrol in HUSO1072
  • RMIT students should enrol via Enrolment Online in the  2018 Flexible Term (1802) > ADD > HUSO1072 Fine Art Global Intensive (class number 1471) 
  • Non-RMIT students should enrol via RMIT Short Courses
STEP THREE: Register for this program on Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by 15 May 2018.
Please complete the following questionnaires:
  1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
  2. Short Term Mobility: General Information
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options, including OS-HELP loans for Commonwealth Government Supported students.

Dr Irene Barberis:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

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