Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Cortona Studio Art Program

Posted on July 22, 2010


Affiliated with the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, the Cortona Program has been a leader in arts education since 1970. Each year, approximately 200 students from around the United States take courses in areas such as ceramics, papermaking, book arts, and sculpture. This program is possibly the most comprehensive Fine Arts program in Italy. Students are housed in a renovated 15th Century monastery with stunning views of the plains around Cortona. Overall students are able to bring the art experience to life as they live and learn on the Cortona Program.


Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester

Program Dates

Spring: January 30, 2016 - April 25, 2016

Fall: August 28, 2016 - November 22, 2016

Courses & Credit

Students enroll in five courses during their study abroad which will equal 4.0 Wheaton credits. Students are required to take the Processes and Principles: Italian Art and Architecture in Italy course during the fall and spring semesters. All courses are taught in English. Italian Language courses are available during the Fall Semester only.

Admission Requirements

Juniors with a 3.0 GPA.. Students must have completed an art history survey course as a prerequisite. Students must submit a portfolio of approximately 20 slides in a plastic sheet, photographs, or actual works. Non‐studio art majors may submit an essay in lieu of a portfolio.

Housing & Board

Students live in a renovated 15th century monastery, Monasterio S. Antonio, in multiple‐bed dormitory rooms with shared modern bathrooms. Students are provided with daily continental breakfast and dinners Monday through Friday at a local restaurant.


Wheaton Tuition & Housing. Expenses covered include tuition and fees, housing, one round-trip overeases airfare from NY area or Boston, partial board (see above), lab fees, field trips (except all lunches on field trips and program) and meals on Venice trip), Italian insurance, supplemental study abroad insurance, and assistance with obtaining the Italian student visa.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for the Cortona application fee ($250), $500 administrative fee, passport fees, residency permits, meals, laundry fees, shipping costs for artwork, and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education or an application may be downloaded here.


Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

Students are required to take ARHI 3020: Processes/Principles of Art and Architecture in Italy

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Italian Language – Conversational
  • *Italian Language – Beginning*
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry & Metalwork
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Painting
  • Papermaking & Bookarts
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

*Italian Language courses are only offered during the Fall Semester.

For complete list of courses, check the University of Georgia's website for course offerings.

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