Summer Programs


Florence Revealed
VCU Education Abroad Program, Summer 2014, June 1 – June 30

The Global Education Office and the Department of Communication Arts in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to study on site in one of the world’s foremost cultural capitols. Florence is a quintessential Italian city with cobblestone streets and art museums that are filled with some of the most impressive and historical art and architecture ever created. It has wonderful cafés and galleries and grand piazzas where one can watch the world go by. There’s something new to view around every corner – be it statues, fountains, churches or simply a picturesque winding alley.

Professor Stephen Alcorn will teach: The Art of the Travel Journal (COAR 391/002)

Professor Jorge Benitez will teach: Why Florence? (COAR 391/001)

Each class will employ mixed media and draw directly from life. Classes will be conducted in the heart of ”The cradle of The Renaissance” Florence, Italy.

The Program Director is Professor Stephen Alcorn, who was raised and educated in Florence. He will show you the amazing treasures of this magical city and its beautiful surroundings.

Program Features
The program includes Student Apartment Housing for the four-week stay in historic neighborhoods located within 25 minutes of the center of Florence. It also provides Florence Museum Pass for students, which includes unlimited entrance to state museums and the fabled Boboli Gardens.

There are special trips to Siena, Pisa, Venice and Rome with a special pass to the Vatican Museum.

You will have support of CAPA International Program Services Staff in the CAPA Florence Center. Insurance is included for the duration of the program (medical, travel, and emergency)

You will enjoy the best pizza, ice cream and espresso in the world.

The cost is approximately $2,975 (plus tuition (6 credit hours), airfare and daily living expenses).

The Program Director is Professor Stephen Alcorn, assisted by Professor Albert Epshteyn, Department of Communication Arts / The School of The Arts, VCU

Contact: Professor Stephen Alcorn


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The Illustration Academy
For the past six years, Department of Communication Arts Professors Robert Meganck, and Sterling Hundley have taught in the internationally acclaimed Illustration Academy, held at the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

The Illustration Academy is an intensive seven week program that brings together some of the most highly regarded professional illustrators from around the world, who in turn attract many of the best students from the United States, and as far away as Hong Kong, England, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina. The invitation to teach at this prestigious program is not only a testament to the abilities of Professors Robert Meganck, and Sterling Hundley as educators, but to their achievements and recognition as leaders in the field.

The mission of the Illustration Academy is to shorten the gap that exists between the student and the working professional. This problem is resolved using a rigorous hands-on approach implemented by the faculty. The students work through each assignment with a logical step-by-step approach to produce finished illustrations. Driven by real-world examples and deadlines, the students are encouraged to focus on concepts, techniques, and to pursue a personal point of view to make their work unique. Along with the technical demonstrations of media and life drawing skills, the Illustration Academy focuses on the functional business practices in the field of illustration. These include self-promotion, advertising, contracts, taxes and accounting.

For more information on the Illustration Academy, go to