Summer in Urbino Italy: Documenting a Community
Students will be on teams creating a web documentary on the town of Urbino, Italy. You'll become immersed in a town and culture by developing a web documentary or webzine/app telling the stories of people involved in the life in an Italian town. Past students have produced multimedia stories on food, wine, parenting, athletics, history, tourism, music, traditions, religion, art, design and dance.
During this four-week program, students learn:
• how to write for the web.
• how to take great digital photos.
• how to shoot and edit quality video.
• the ins and outs of intercultural communication.
• how to work as part of a production team.
You'll work in assigned production teams, using computers, digital cameras and video cameras. Students are required to bring their own laptop computers and digital still cameras. JMU students participate with students from other institutions and are led by JMU professors who coordinate their involvement during the four weeks. The JMU Summer in Urbino Program is open to all majors at JMU.
Student will take one of three sections of SMAD 305.
SMAD 305, Section 1: Topics in Media arts and Design: Multimedia Reporting in Italy (3 credits)
SMAD 305, Section 2: Topics in Media Arts and Design: Magazine Journalism in Italy (3 credits)
SMAD 305, Section 3: Topics in Media Arts and Design: Video Magazine Production in Italy (3 credits)
Urbino is a picturesque Renaissance hill town in the Marche region of central Italy. Although Urbino was a Roman and medieval city, its peak came during the 15th century when Duke Federico da Montefeltro established one of Europe's most illustrious courts. Its impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in Italy. Urbino's university is a center for maiolica ceramics, art, and culture. Urbino's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DirectorSteve Anderson | email@example.com | Media Arts and Design
AccommodationsAccommodations are provided through residence halls/dormitories, with two meals per day included in the program fee.
Additional Items to Consider
The program occurs in cooperation with The Institute for Education in International Media's (ieiMedia) Urbino Program. As part of this program, the Institute provides basic language classes in "survival" Italian. University of Urbino students will work as interpreters for fieldwork. In the past, students have come from the Iowa State University, Louisiana State University, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Temple University, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Maryland, San Jose State University, Marquette University, San Diego State University, and Baylor University. In the past we've also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.
This program is best suited for sophomore and above SMAD, SCOM, WRTC and ENG majors or minors.
For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):
JMU Short-Term Application Form
Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.
All dates are tentative and subject to change
CoursesSMAD 305: Topics in Media arts and Design: Multimedia Reporting in Italy (3 credits)
SMAD 305: Topics in Media arts and Design: Magazine Journalism in Italy (3 credits)
SMAD 305: Topics in Media Arts and Design: Video Magazine Production in Italy (3 credits)