Education and Arts

Study with ACU in Rome

The recent opening by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) of its joint Rome Centre with the Catholic University of America (CUA) provides exciting study opportunities for our students.

ACU National School of Arts is pleased to offer two 10 credit point undergraduate units at the Rome Centre in June 2016. The School invites eligible students to register their interest in either of the units.

About the Centre

Located on Rome’s famous Gianicolo Hill, the five-storey property is a short distance from the Vatican and is the design work of Gio Ponti, one of the most famous and influential architects of the 20th century. The facilities at the Centre include residential accommodation, catering facilities, well-equipped teaching spaces, a library and chapel and two large external terraces.

Rome Centre

About the Units

HUMA317: History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Rome (5-17 June 2016) is a unique interdisciplinary unit which takes place in the streets of Rome itself. Students will discover firsthand how the changing geography of Rome has shaped the city’s ancient and modern history, and how human activity in both the ancient and modern eras has reshaped the city’s physical environment. Students will also learn about the extraordinary hold that ancient Rome has exerted over the modern Italian political imagination and the development of the Italian capital.

HUMA252: Art, Politics and Society in Renaissance and Baroque Rome (19 June-1 July 2016)
The 'Rome of the Popes’ was one of the key centres of the High Renaissance and the birthplace of Baroque. HUMA252 takes students out on to the streets and into the churches, galleries and museums of Rome to examine how art practice was influenced by the beliefs and politics of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and the ways in which classical iconography was transformed by Renaissance and Baroque artists. This unit illustrates a bridge between the classical and modern periods, demonstrating the influence of the past but also examining the emerging importance of the ‘individual’, ‘truth’ and relationships of power that have become key to our understanding of western culture. The unit provides students with a new way of imagining the socio-political and aesthetic fabric of the period and the ways in which they connect to the history of western humanity and the arts as a whole.

ELIGIBILITY (HUMA317): Students must have successfully completed at least one unit in History or Geography at second year (200-level) or higher.

ELIGIBILITY (HUMA252): Students must have successfully completed at least one unit in Art History, History, Theological Studies, Studies of Religion or Philosophy.

NOTE: Places on both units are strictly limited. Grade Point Average will be taken into account if applications exceed the number of available places. Both units are open to eligible students from any ACU campus. Students CANNOT enrol on to these units via Student Connect.

COSTS: Details of costs will be available in early 2016. Students should be aware that prices will vary depending on the number of students travelling and movements in the dollar-euro exchange rate. The estimated cost of full board and shared accommodation is $1400-1500. The estimated cost of group return flights is $2000-2500 per person. Additional costs will include: airport transfers, private bus excursions in Italy, public bus and train tickets in Rome, and site entry fees. ACU HECS/tuition fees for the units also apply.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Students who are accepted on to the units will be eligible for an ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant of $500. Students may also apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $5000, repayable as part of HECS. For more information go to:

To register your interest in either unit, or for further information, contact
The closing date for expressions of interest has been extended to Friday 29 January 2016.
Please remember to say which unit you are interested in and include your student number.