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Gap Year Benefits - Art History in Italy

Date added: Monday 22nd October 2012

Considering a degree in Art History? Interested in Art History? If so then the courses run by Year Out Group Founder member Art History Abroad could help.  It helped this student secure his place at York University.

Happy and enthusiastic students on an art history course in Italy run by Year Out Group Founder Member Art History Abroad"I first heard of Art History Abroad through a tutoring agency which sent an AHA tutor to my house to guide me through my A Level and show me new ways of viewing art. Soon after the tutor left I decided to apply for an AHA course and was awarded a discretionary scholarship. My main objective was to study the Italian Renaissance. I also wanted to be inspired and stretched before I started my Art History BA at York University. As it happened, I met one of the Art History Lecturers at York at an open day there later in the summer and he, being a veteran AHA tutor himself, was really impressed that I was going on the course. He was even willing to drop my grade boundaries as a result! And I was not disappointed. This esteem was justified throughout the two weeks in Venice, Florence and Rome. The tutors' knowledge amazed me: walking around churches and galleries they knew every fine detail - even things I'm sure the artists would have forgotten themselves! They were also happy to sit, sometimes for twenty minutes at a time, answering my never-ending questions on the architecture and paintings which surrounded me. The art I saw on the trip really did blow my mind: it was so exciting seeing works up close, touching-distance away. As a group I think that we all got a taste of Italian culture in the evenings: from dining in quaint pizzerias, to experiencing the adventure of Florence's meat houses, to sampling the night life of each city. I would encourage anyone who wants to have an exciting, special trip to take part in an AHA course: it really is an experience of a lifetime."

AHA offers life enhancing adventures in Italy and Europe: six week and two week courses go to Italy throughout the year; and our 90 day semester Programme (London, Paris, Tuscany, 6-week Italy) begins in September.


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