Brandeis' first and only arts-focused study abroad program is located in the historic medieval city of Siena, Italy. Siena is a city rich in artistic masterpieces and complex social structures. The city itself is a jewel of preservation in Europe and is surrounded by a dynamic and thriving landscape filled with ongoing agricultural production.
Siena as a location for studying art and art history is extraordinary for its contributions to art of the early Renaissance. Students will be able to study and create art in response to original master works from the Italian Renaissance. Close proximity to the artistic centers of Florence and Pisa provide additional resources for study and creative inspiration and make Siena an ideal central location.
Brandeis in Siena is a studio art and art history program in Siena, Italy. This intensive summer program will promote artistic development, appreciation, and cultural understanding in the unique setting of the historic city of Siena. The program consists of two courses taught in English comprised of one studio art course and one art history course and is a collaborative exchange program between Brandeis University and the Siena Art Institute/Siena School of the Liberal Arts programs.
Yes, the program runs from early July to mid-August. There are pre-departure orientations in the spring semester prior to the summer of study. Students wishing to go to Siena during the academic year should meet with a member of the study abroad staff for other options.
The application deadline typically occurs in mid-March, but interested students are encouraged to apply early. Applications are reviewed up until the deadline as long as space is available.
The program is designed and supervised by Brandeis faculty. A Brandeis professor will teach one of the courses and an instructor from the Siena Art Institute will teach the other course. Studio and art history courses alternate yearly between Brandeis faculty and Siena Art Institute faculty. Every summer there is a Brandeis faculty member teaching on site for the duration of the program, teaching one of the two courses.
Both courses are Brandeis courses and appear on transcripts as graded Brandeis coursework, not transfer credit.
Ari Massefski, Study Abroad Advisor
Office of Study Abroad
Office: Usdan 169
Professor Joseph Wardwell, Fine Arts
Office: Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios 107
Professor Jonathan Unglaub, Art History
Office: Mandel Center for the Humanities 211