Studio Rome is a transformative experience and is the highlight of your interior architecture studies. Students see firsthand what they study in textbooks. Participants spend approx 9-10 weeks in the summer studying design and architecture in the heart of the Rome. The 4 courses that make up Studio Rome fulfill general and program graduation requirements.
INTD 4215 - Studio 8 (4 credits)
INTD 4225 - Global Sustainability (3 credits)
INTD 3020 - Tech and Society: Made in Italy (3 credits)
INTD 3050 - Architectural History in Rome (3 credits)
Past Studio Rome Student Comments
My long time dream of studying abroad became reality this past summer as I travelled with classmates from the Interior Architecture program to Rome, Italy. It was a fulfillment of the culmination of months preparing and envisioning living abroad for two months. To say Rome was incredible is an understatement. It was both architecturally beautiful and culturally enriching. The stark contrast between modern societies living among ancient architecture was enthralling: structures built to last generations support reusability, recycling, and sustainability, all while upholding people groups with modern ideas and ambitions. Weekend getaways to other Italian cities only furthered the uniqueness of the architecture and culture in Rome.
By week three of eight total weeks, my classmates and I were adjusted to the quick-paced metropolis lifestyle: maneuvering public transportation, revisiting our favorite coffee shops, waving at local Italians, and completing homework like we were in the comfort of our American homes. I quickly became closer to my classmates, who are now some of my closest friends. I also valued and treasured time alone, wandering the streets and sitting in our apartment’s courtyard. The school workload was challenging, but brought forth experiences that are unforgettable: well-known site visits, day trips, sustainability exercises, artisanal making classes, and designing for Roman spaces. I will forever remember walking down the narrow cobblestone streets with a gelato in hand and accordion music filling the air, basking in the reality that I experienced in Rome.
Jessica Heacock, Studio Rome 2018, Future Fall 2019 Graduate
My experience studying abroad in Rome, Italy for the summer was life-changing. I made so many memories and got to know my classmates even better while living with them. Visiting places that I have learned about in art history and historical interior classes was eye-opening. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I found that pictures do not do many of the monuments and cathedrals justice. Upon experiencing these place in person, the scale of the spaces is incredible and the attention to small details is astounding.
Being able to stay in Rome for nine weeks was wonderful in that I got to see the city from two perspectives: first as a tourist taking in the sights and the culture, and then as a resident who noticed smaller details and who really got to know the city. Even after being in Rome for many weeks, there were still new things to be discovered when walking around the city streets such as art exhibitions, stores, restaurants, markets, and street performers to name a few examples. I learned not only about the architecture and history of Rome, but also about the culture and the people. It truly inspired and changed me in my outlook on design and on a personal level as well. There were ups and downs along the way, but I have no regrets about studying abroad and would do it again if I could. I am very grateful that I had the chance to participate in the study abroad program in Rome while at East Tennessee State University and would encourage anyone who is interested to participate in the program as well.
Abigail Bennett, Studio Rome 2016, Fall 2017 Graduate
"The students gained more knowledge within the three weeks of studying in Rome than what we would have learned within a semester being in a classroom. Their perspective on life, values, and culture changed as they studied throughout the city of Rome. A stronger understanding about ourselves as designers and other design students were only one of the marvelous outcomes. The food, culture, and atmosphere were all breathtaking.
It's hard to explain something that you can't put a price on, this was an opportunity of a lifetime and it's something you will carry and have with you forever. The trip also is very beneficial in my career field by expanding what you know is possible. It changes the way you design and view the world around you. You will never regret studying in Rome, therefore never pass up the opportunity to travel and don't be afraid of adventure!!!"
Ashley Russell, Summer 2013 Participant, Spring 2016 Graduate