Interior Design, Nutrition and Family Sciences: Florence May 2023


Program Description

This interdisciplinary program studies Proto-Renaissance, Renaissance and Post-Renaissance history, humanism and cultural advancement. The three disciplines will give a comprehensive view of how and why the art, architecture, culture and human condition developed during this time period and how these sensibilities permanently changed our view of the modern world. The course will explore how the development of linear perspective brought about a radical change in how people viewed the world and how humans navigated this radical change to usher in the modern world. The program imparts a broad understanding that is unavailable from a single discipline. Learning objectives will include studies in architectural and artistic advancements as well as health and nutrition changes due to the economic vitality of the Florentine ruling families. Also, views of how the human form and body image were impacted due to the introduction of humanism. Other learning objectives will encompass the Italian culture and language, navigation of several forms of Italian public transportation, living in an Italian community, grocery shopping, studies of Mediterranean food and the arts of wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar production.

Location: Florence, Italy and surrounding cities

24 participants is the max enrollment for this program.
Preference to students majoring/minoring in: Interior Design or Nutrition and Family Sciences

Health and Safety

Students registering for programs agree to the following: I understand that UCA does not control requirements of vendors, universities, and other stakeholders for study abroad programing. Should a vendor or organization require masks, vaccinations, quarantine, or other measures regarding COVID 19, I agree to follow these requirements. While UCA and its partners will work to update students, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take measures to protect themselves from the spread of disease.

Students must attend one health and safety meeting in the spring semester. Meeting dates will be announced after the program deadlines.

Participants will be enrolled in comprehensive international insurance for the duration of programming. It is the student’s responsibility to extend insurance cover if they extend the UCA program dates abroad.

Course Offerings

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, Clinical Instructor, Art & Design Department

HBST 1377 Education Abroad Seminar – for diversity in world cultures CORE credit

IDSN 4300 Internship

IDSN 4V60 Renaissance Studies

IDSN 3340 History of Architecture, Interiors and Furnishings I

IDSN 3341 History of Architecture, Interiors and Furnishings II

IDSN 3355 Introduction to Historic Preservation

HONORS 3310 Honors seminar (with the permission of Dr. Smith)


Dr. Nina Roofe, Associate Professor & Chair, Nutrition & Family Sciences

NUTR 4336 Nutrition for Life

HONORS 3310 Honors seminar (with the permission of Dr. Smith)

FACS 4335 Body Image and Culture


Important Dates

Travel Dates:  May 16 – June 3, 2023

 Apply for your passport.

 Apply for scholarships.

 Program Application Open Date: September 15, 2022

 Application and Deposit Deadline: February 3, 2023

   Mandatory Health And Safety Meeting for Study Abroad – TBA

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, Interior Design Instructor

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, Interior Design Instructor

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan has led ten education abroad programs with UCA and been involved in two education abroad programs for high school. She has traveled to Germany, Austria, Spain, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, Mexico and Canada. Her focus is on history, art, architecture, and decorative arts of the Renaissance and the impact it has made on contemporary society.

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan • • Department of Art & Design 

Dr. Nina Roofe, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Nutrition



Dr. Nina Roofe has taught dietetics students for twenty years and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Family Sciences. Her research interests include service-learning and interprofessional education. Dr. Roofe first led students to Italy in summer 2019.

Dr. Nina Roofe • McAlister 100 • Department of Nutrition and Family Sciences



Program Cost

The 2023 program cost for UCA in Florence: NFS & Interior Design can be found here.

For information about international insurance coverage:

Learn Basic Italian

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