• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• Undergraduate Students - 2.0 cumulative GPA; Graduate Students - 3.25 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students at a U.S. institution, in any major, including non UW-Madison students.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing



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Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May - Mid-June

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Italy, Florence
UW in Italy Creative Arts Collaborations with Music

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This four-week seminar is designed to develop and support collaborations between and among students in the creative arts — creative writing, film production, the visual arts, etc.  — and music students in both performance and composition. It welcomes both majors and non-majors in those fields, graduate students as well as undergraduates, and students not only from UW-Madison but also from institutions throughout the United States. Its goal is to realize through the curriculum a variety of productive collaborations that embody the complete process of artistic creation in all its variety. For example:

  • songs (students in creative writing — poets, playwrights, and writers of fiction — collaborating with composers and performers)
  • music designed specifically for films (filmmakers working with composers and performers)
  • musical responses to visual arts and vice versa

You will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary concentration of creative arts in Florence, Italy, in the midst of one of Europe's most important music festivals. Florence is a city renowned not only for the music of its composers, from Landini to Dallapicolla and Berio, and their literary collaborators, but also for its treasures of visual art and architecture.

During the months of May and June, Florence's annual festival of music, the Maggio Musicale, features performers renowned worldwide in concerts that include music from chamber works to grand opera, many of them works integrating words with music, in frequent conjunction with a great variety of exhibitions of the visual arts, and in architectural spaces that are unique in the world.

Our working studios and living quarters will be in the heart of the city. During the four weeks of the seminar, under the direction of UW-Madison Professor of Music, Stephen Dembski, you will concentrate on the collaborative production of new works of art, serving -- according to your interests and abilities -- as writers, visual artists, filmmakers, performers, composers, or some combination of these, working interactively with other artists, and also offering your fresh impressions of others’ artworks as they take shape. Thus, you will work as originating artists, as interpretive artists, and as collaborative artists, together producing unique works of new art.  

Learning Objectives

IAP has overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Gain a sense of new European-tradition concert music and associated arts
  • Gain experience in collaborating with artists within or outside your own artistic domains
  • Imagine, design, develop, and produce new works of art
  • Gain an understanding of Italian culture
  • Engage with fellow UW students and faculty
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture