Art History: Discovering Ancient Rome, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Rome has been able to define and structure itself while expanding its borders also because it had the opportunity to include and adapt to the cultures of the subjugates, creating a synthesis between the two, generating a system that has influenced the history of the society. The Discovering Ancient Rome course is offered by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC).

Rome, from being the centre of an empire that would extend to a large part of the Western world, becomes the centre of Christianity, the new religion that receives full accreditation / recognition under Constantine.

A slow recognition though, that goes through violent persecutions – one above all: Saint Peter, the Apostle – which gives the title of the holy city and place of worship of Christian martyrs. This new culture, strongly influenced by the religious and philosophical dimension of the Christianity, will be the base for the development of Medieval civilization. The knowledge of the Roman civilization also in the present offers a fundamental educational experience.

Learning goals / objective
  • To become familiar with the Roman society from the origins to the end of the Empire
  • To develop a deep sensitivity and knowledge towards the most important historical, political, institutional and artistic issues of that time
  • To acquire an archeological mindset and capability of analyzing materials, techniques, and construction typologies
  • To acquire a hands-on and direct experience on practical aspects of daily life in Rome

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Lessons:
  • The Historical background
  • The Roman Society: political, economic, socio-cultural aspects.
  • The political, economic and religious centre of Ancient Rome: the Palatinus, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Imperial Forums
  • Spare time and body wellness: the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus
  • The Port of Rome: Ostia Antica
  • Christianity in Rome
  • The first meeting points of the Christian communities: San Clement and the Roman Houses on the Celio hill
  • Pagan and Christian burials: Catacombs of San Callisto and burials on the Ancient Appian Way
  • The Basilicas built by Constantine: San Giovanni in Laterano, San Pietro e San Paolo Fuori le Mura
  • Final Exam
English Language Requirements

Good level of English. Non native English speakers must give evidence of their language proficiency of a minimum B2 level or equivalent (ex: TOEFL Ibt 79, IELTS 6, First Certificate of English, Cambridge ESOL or other certification).

Documents you will need to upload while filling in the online application:
  • a passport size picture
  • the scanned version of your passport or other ID documents
  • the transcript of records
  • certificates assessing the knowledge of the English Language
Programs requirements
  • Grade Point Average of a minimum 2.75, or equivalent in applicants own university grading system
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 1500 International
  • EUR 1500 EU/EEA
  • One session: € 1500
  • Two sessions: € 2850
  • Three sessions: € 4200
  • Four sessions: € 5500
  • Five sessions: € 6,500
  • Application fee: €75


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