Modeled after its neighbor the American Academy in Rome, EHP acts as a pre-graduation residency experience for qualified RISD students who are ready for more independent studio-based work, which also offers an immersive cultural experience in the heart of Italy and Rome.
RISD students who participated in EHP have gone on to be leaders in the field of art and design, receive Fulbright scholarships, and MacArthur “Genius” awards. And, many cite the EHP program as a pivotal moment in their development, which ultimately led to their successes and achievements!
When in Rome, students take required courses in art and architectural history with weekly tours of city sites and an intensive Italian language course. The students are assigned studios in RISD's space in Rome and, much like a residency experience, they work independently on individual projects, guided and supervised by the Chief Critic and by visiting critics from local academies and other university programs in Rome.
Each semester one or more tours are offered to introduce students to other cities in Italy, such as Siena, Florence, Ravenna, and Palermo, and/or Europe. Final reviews and an exhibition of student work at the Cenci conclude the program. Students can receive up to 15 credits in the fall semester and up to 18 credits for the Wintersession/spring semester. Please note that History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS) and English courses are not offered, so plan accordingly.
Prior to applying, all students are invited to attend information sessions held before the March and October deadlines. Notifications of these sessions are posted on the GPP website, GPP Twitter, and RISD calendar.
RISD's Site in Rome
EHP is housed in the Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th-century palazzo comprising one lecture room, 26 studios, and 26 dormitory-style rooms for the students enrolled in EHP each session, as well as a gallery space, library, office, two common rooms, three kitchens, and a computer lab, darkroom, print shop, sewing machine, and tool room. Students cook for themselves in the Cenci.
The Cenci is located in the heart of Rome's Centro Storico and in close walking distance to such sites as the Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, as well as spaces for modern and contemporary art.
There are need-based scholarship funds available (especially) for EHP students. No application is necessary for these scholarships and they are awarded by the EHP committee after students are accepted. There are also work study opportunities at the Cenci available for all accepted EHP students.
EHP costs for 2013/14
- Standard RISD tuition: one-half college tuition and one-half student activity fee
- Italian student health insurance: $135 (required by Italian government in order to obtain a permesso di soggiorno, or permit to stay)
- HTH Worldwide travel insurance: $230 ($46/month, required by RISD)
- Housing: $6,395 (Fall 2014), with $700 deposit made in advance (deposit goes toward total payment).
- Per diem: $36/day for the number of days on the program, i.e. in Fall $36 x 110 days & Spring $36 x 140 days. Per diem is essentially the board fee for time in Rome. The cost is based on per-day expenses and is used by students to purchase three meals per day and the art supplies necessary for course work. The per diem is equally distributed in euros every two weeks, directly to students. The per diem is a mandatory component of the Italian visa requirements. It also assures RISD that each student has equal funds when in Rome (working in Rome is not permitted on student visa).
- Textbooks: $60
Flights/Group flights: approximately $1,198 (as of spring 2014)
EHP is administered in Rome by the Director, Ezio Genovesi, who also teaches art history, and the Chief Critic, a RISD faculty member. The chief critic advises and guides students as to the course and development of their studio work, consults on and documents all student travel or internships, and supervises, along with the director, their general well-being.
Henry Horenstein, Professor of Photography, is the spring 2014 Chief Critic. For the academic year 2014–15, Gabriel Feld, Professor of Architecture, will be the Chief Critic in-residence.
In addition to the director and chief critic, there is also an active roster of visiting critics who are leaders in the fields of art, design, and architecture in Europe who participate in reviews and studio visits with students.
- EHP applications must be submitted during candidates’ sophomore or junior year (all EHP students will receive credits according to the table above, and all courses are required).
- Students must maintain academic achievement during the year of candidacy (with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application).
- Students must demonstrate general qualifications of maturity, motivation, and emotional stability.
- Students must remain in good standing at RISD, in terms of conduct and finances.
How to Apply
The selection process is determined by EHP Committee members. The application consists of four elements:
Statement of purpose (no more than 2 pages) as described in the application form, addressing:
1) Why an interest in EHP
2) How your course of study in EHP will relate to your education and artistic growth
3) Brief description of studio work you might pursue in Rome;
4) Foreign language and/or travel you have had, if any.
Submit statement with application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 3, 2014 for the Spring 2015 semester.
Two letters of recommendation: Faculty can send recommendation by attachment to email@example.com or use the form: EHP Faculty Recommendation Form (right click on form link, click “save link as”, complete form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Grade point average. Your GPA is sent directly by the Office of Global Partners & Programs from the Registrar.
Consult with your Academic Advisor to be certain all your required credits will be met prior to graduation. Note that English and HPSS credits are not part of the EHP curriculum. Don’t hesitate to use resources such as the Writing Center (College Building, Room 240) if you need help writing your statement of purpose.
Spring semester: 18 courses (18 credits); fall semester: 15 courses (15 credits)
In order to study abroad in Italy for the semester, a valid passport and Italian visa are required. GPP will apply for the visa as long as the required visa application and accompanying documentation are handed in to our office on time.