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Summer Syllabus Italian & Design Experience

Torre di Babele and IED Roma

Course Title:
Language and Design Experience
Course dates: July 2 – 27, 2012
Location: IED Roma - Torre di Babele school

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Course description

This unique program combines an intensive language program with an introduction to the art forms, industry leaders and global influence of Italian design. Morning sessions are devoted to language study according to the individual level of the participant. The afternoon session includes lectures, site-visits and discussions with professionals representing the various facets and realities of the “design” industry in Italy. This contact in Italian affords students a more personal and profound window onto Italian perceptions, traditions and philosophy while also expanding their specialized knowledge of the field and country and their capacity for the language.

Topics covered: Italian language (all levels offered), Italian product, furniture, food and transportation design, introduction to related fields of design including cinema, graphics, art and architecture.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve and refine Italian language capacity after completing the intensive language program.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for Italian design from the historical development to issues and institutions.
  • Gain insight in to the Italian contemporary reality through workshops and discussion with industry professionals.

Levels and prerequisites

This course is a combination of an Italian language program (students will be assigned to a course that reflects their actual level of Italian) and Design lectures and visits conducted in Italian. Students should have at least a good command of the language and reasonable comprehension skills in order to follow the design lecture portion.

Instruction method

This course combines the use of traditional classroom lecture, site visits, class discussion and guest lecturers. Active participation in discussions with guest lecturers and site visit / field trip attendance is fundamental.

Class Schedule and Contact Hours: This course meets Monday through Friday for both a morning and afternoon session (Friday, July 27, 2012 Student Exhibition and Program Closure). Some visits and project work may occur outside of regular class time. This course meets for a total of 80 lessons of Italian language instruction and 45 hours of Italian Design lectures and visits. The Italian lessons have duration of 45 minutes each.

University and Transfer Credits: Students seeking university credits for summer courses should contact the international education office at their home institution and find out the transfer credit procedure. IED provides all relevant course materials including syllabus, professor profiles, and official student transcript in order to facilitate the transfer of credit and recognition of the course/program. Credits for both the US and European system are noted on all course outlines and are based upon international standards.
Credits may be communicated on participant’s request and are indicative and may not reflect the credits transferred by the student’s home institution.

Site visits and fieldtrips

Site visits and fieldtrips are a component of this course and may occur outside of the regularly scheduled class time and may occur on the week-end. Student participation is mandatory as these visits are an integral part of the learning experience.

Course texts, bibliography, teaching materials

Students will be issued a course pack and/or PDF copy of course readings from texts as well as other relevant articles and readings added by the instructor.

- Gabriella D’Amato, Storia del design, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2005 e sgg. ed. (da pag. 37 a pag, 132)
- R. De Fusco, Storia del Design, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1998 e sgg. ed. (dall’inizio fino a pag. 58)
- E. Morteo, Grande Atlante del Design, Electa, Milano, 2008.
- D. Dardi, Il design in 100 oggetti, 24ore Cultura, Milano, 2008.
- C. e P. Fiell, Il Design dalla A alla Z, Taschen, Kohln, 2001.
- A. Branzi, Capire il Design, Giunti, Firenze, 2007.

Course Materials and Supplies:
Students will be provided with fascicules, photocopies of textbooks and pdf documents of lectures given in the classroom

Design lesson plan

Day 1: General introduction to the course. IED seat. Domitilla Dardi
Day 2: The Italian design and the Made in Italy concept: Furniture (1). IED seat. Domitilla Dardi
Day 3: The Italian Graphic Design. IED seat. Antonio Masullo
Day 4: Visit to a Design Store (AD, Driade). Patrizia Di Costanzo
Day 5: The Italian Design and the Made in Italy concept: Food Design (2). IED seat. Domitilla Dardi
Day 6: The elements of drawing – guidance to the elaboration of the Sketch Book. IED seat. Arianna Sodano
Day 7: Visit to the Museum and Historical Archives of Birra Peroni with the Director Daniela Brignone
Day 8: Visit to the “Gentilini” Museum and biscuits factory or visit to the famous bar of central Rome (Caffè Rosati, Caffè Greco, Sant’Eustachio)
Day 9: The Italian Design and the Made in Italy concept (3):
Fashion. IED seat. Domitilla Dardi, 2h             Review of the Sketch Book. Arianna Sodano, 1h
Day 10: Visit to a fashion atelier. Clara Tosi Pamphili
Day 11: “Altaroma” backstage Clara Tosi Pamphili
Day 12: The Italian cinema. IED seat. Claudio Calibotti
Day 13: The Italian Design and the Made in Italy concept (4).
IED seat. Domitilla Dardi 2 h
Review of the Sketch Book. IED seat. Arianna Sodano 1 h
Day 14: Visit to the MACRO Museum. Emilia Giorgi
Day 15: Review of the Sketch Book. IED seat. Arianna Sodano
Day 16: Visit to the MAXXI Museum. Emilia Giorgi
Day 17: Final day: closure and diploma ceremony

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