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San Gemini Preservation Studies

San Gemini landscapeThe San Gemini Preservation Studies GPS course is a four-week, 6-8 credit hour course in San Gemini, Umbria, Italy. This program is a series of courses, field projects and media and place-based experiences aimed at fostering the preservation of cultural heritage. The program offers students both theoretical knowledge in the class- room and hands-on skills on field projects and workshops.

Session 1: June 1 - June 26, 2020
Session 2: June 28 - July 7, 2020
Intersession: June 13 - August 27, 2020

Register online now

Cost

$4875.00 (6 credit hours); Intersession $2100 (1 credit hour)      
Includes: Course and credit hour costs; housing (shared apartments with laundry and kitchen facilities); insurance.
Does not include flight or travel fees or food. The cost of living in San Gemini is especially reasonable for Italy.

About San Gemini

San Gemini is a beautiful, small hill town in Umbria along the ancient Roman road, the Via Flaminia. Located between Rome and Florence, it is a convenient base for travel in central Italy. Rome can be reached in one hour and a half; other cities such as Perugia, Spoleto, Todi, Assisi, and Orvieto are even closer. Situated within easy reach of a wealth of cultural resources (museums, libraries, and many of the world’s treasures of art and architecture), San Gemini is a friendly town where students can easily meet local people and enjoy life in the Italian countryside.  All San Gemini Preservation Studies faculty members hold Adjunct Faculty status at West Virginia University. Learn more about the San Gemini Preservation Studies International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies at their website

Eligibility

This program and the associated courses are open to all students who have an interest in art, architecture, and archival preservation, conservation, and restoration. It is ideal for those contemplating careers in galleries, museums, archives, libraries, and state parks with collections of art, documents, or objects of material culture. It is ideal for students who plan to go into art and object conservation or historic preservation fields.  WVU is a School of Record for San Gemini Preservation Studies. Students who are not currently WVU students may apply to the university for summer matriculation to receive regular course credit for the courses listed below.  For more information on this process please contact:
WVU Education Abroad Office 
B-3 Purinton House 
PO Box 6313, Morgantown, WV 26506 
P: 304-293-6955
F: 304-293-6957
educationabroad@mail.wvu.edu 

Courses in Summer 2020


Courses are co-requisites: Session 1: June 1 - June 26
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience—Restoration and Analysis of Historic Buildings in Italy--3 credit hours
AND 
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience—Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings in Italy--3 credit hours

ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience: Conservation and Restoration of Book Bindings--3 credit hours
AND
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience: History and Craft of Book Bindings--3 credit hours

ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience–Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics--3 credit hours
AND
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience—Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics--3 credit hours 

Intersession: June 29 - July 7 ($2100)
ARHS 393: Preservation Tour—Siena, Florence & Rome—1 credit hour
Includes specialized visits to places of interest to restorers, such as research laboratories and active sites of restoration. 

Courses are co-requisites: Session 2: July 13 - August 27
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience—Paper Restoration in Books and Archival Documents Theory--3 credit hours
AND
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience—Paper Restoration in Books and Archival Documents Workshop--3 credit hours
*Professional Field Experience— Restoration: Theory, Ethics and Issues-2 credit hours (may be taken with the above two courses)

ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience— Traditional Painting: Methods of Painting and Restoration Issues—3 credit hours
AND
ARHS 493: Professional Field Experience— Workshop Traditional Painting: Materials Methods—3 credit hours
AND
Professional Field Experience— Restoration: Theory, Ethics and Issues--2 credit hours

In addition to applying to WVU, student will also need to fill out an application form with San Gemini Preservation Studies.

Questions? Contact

Dr. Rhonda Reymond, Associate Professor and Coordinator for Art History
Rhonda.Reymond@mail.wvu.edu