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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Junior Cluster: Interpreting the Past
Program Description:

Program OverviewSTFL_Italy3

Throughout human history, dress and adornment have been vehicles for communicating both individual and collective identities. The course examines post-industrial clothing and its context from 1900 to the present.  Students will learn the materials and processes involved in clothing the body and understand the ways dress serves as an indicator of larger social, cultural, economic, and political contexts.

This study-abroad version offers students the opportunity to explore dress history concepts and collaborate across two distinct contexts: Florence, Italy and Portland, Oregon. Students in the abroad section will travel to Florence for three weeks and use the city's museums, artisan workshops, and local fashion industry as a site of investigation.  Students taking the course remotely from Portland will do similar work using a combination of local resources and nationally recognized online archives.  
Each day both sections will meet together to share discoveries from their site-based research and engage in thematic discussion around the topic of dress. Students will engage in collaborative research assignments between class sessions that will inform their individual research projects and understandings of each location context. The course will culminate in a collaborative exhibition at Portland State University and a publication that documents the research discoveries from both locales.  Students from both sections will be introduced to:
Florence, Italy Portland, Oregon, USA
  • The Uffizi and Pitti Palace Galleries
  • The Prato Textile Museum
  • The Scuola del Cuoio Leather Tour
  • Fondazione LISIO Weaving Studio
  • The Ferragamo Museum
  • Stefano Bemer Shoemaking Studio
  • Fuji Fabric Printing Studio
  • The Zeffirelli Museum
  • The Gucci Garden Museum
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • Portland Museum of Art
  • Commercial Pattern Archive
  • Berg Fashion Library
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute
  • Getty Image Archives
  • B&J / Mood Fabrics
  • Vogue Runway Archive
  • Textile Hive
Combined Thematic Discussions & Lectures
  • Materials & Methods
  • Industry & Labor
  • Haute Couture
  • Ready to Wear
  • Influence & Appropriation
  • Dress & Status
  • Gender Binaries
  • Costume in Film/TV
  • Political Dress
  • Sustainability
  • Fashion Curation
  • Technology & Dress Future

NOTE: This travel program has been postponed until Summer 2022. 

Students have the option to be enrolled in an online version of this course during the summer of 2021. Course dates are the same as the travel dates. For this online course, students are charged the equivalent of 4 credits of tuition based on residency status (resident, non-resident or WUE) and enrollment level (undergraduate or graduate). Review the rates of tuition here.
Want more information? 
Attend a virtual info session!
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
1:00 - 1:50
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Wednesday, April 7th
1:00 - 1:50
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Education Abroad Advisor Questions? Make an appointment with Hannah Marrs at any time!
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Faculty Leader Alison Heryer, Assistant Professor and Assistant CORE Program Head
School of Art + Design
Download the Syllabus Click here to download the syllabus
Travel Dates Summer 2022
Areas of Study All Majors welcome, but this program is especially relevant for:
  • Art Practice
  • Art History majors and minors
  • Theater
**This course counts toward the Junior Cluster: Interpreting the Past requirement, so all students are welcome!
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, to be scheduled when all students are confirmed
Course & Credit 4 undergraduate credits, students choose between:
  • ART 323U: History of Dress 2
  • TA 323U: History of Dress 2
**This course counts toward the Junior Cluster: Interpreting the Past requirement!
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Italian
Housing Shared apartments, double occupancy rooms
  • ​Shared student apartments within 20-minute walking distance from the classroom
  • Includes internet access
  • Includes utilities
  • Participants need to provide their own bed sheets or bath towels
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Open to non-PSU students*
*Priority given to degree-seeking PSU students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process (PSU Students)
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
Application Process (Non-PSU Students)
$4,270 $2,385 $6,655
Pell Grant Recipient? Apply to the Gilman Scholarship! Worth up to $5,000!
  • 4 undergraduate credits
  • Accommodations
    • ​Shared student apartments within 20-minute walking distance from the classroom
    • Includes internet access
    • Includes utilities
    • Participants need to provide their own bed sheets or bath towels
  • Welcome service at airport upon arrival
  • Welcome bag
  • Classroom access
  • Orientation
  • Uffizi Card (for those under 26 years of age at the time of the program dates)
  • Welcome Banquet
  • Site Visits to museums and cultural sites
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Education Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,300)
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation not included in site visits
  • Transportation to/from airport in Florence (estimated at $100 total)
  • Most meals (estimated at $650)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $250)
  • If participants are over 26 years in age at the time of the program dates, they will need to purchase a supplemental museum pass (35 Euro)
  • Linens in housing (estimated at $50)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.

This program is currently not accepting applications.