BA1 Architecture & Building Studies in Rome

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First year students enrolled on ARCH1050 – Architecture Design 1 and ARCH 1051 – Architectural Design 2 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of the trip is to enhance the student experience of architecture, the emphasis being on experience, by visiting renowned works outside of their own culture as a means towards a
more critical understanding and reflection of their own culture.

The objective of the trip is to present to the students all aspects of the city’s architecture including its cultural history, theory and construction as it relates to the embodied experience that includes but is not limited to understanding of scale, subject-object relationships, and the architectural promenade.

Rome’s architecture over the centuries has greatly developed, especially from the Classical and Imperial Roman styles to modern Fascist architecture. Rome was once the world’s main centres of classical architecture, developing new forms such as the arch, the dome and the vault. The Romanesque style in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries was also widely used in Roman architecture, and later the city became one of the main centres of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Whilst in Rome, BA1 Architecture students will visit the Vatican City, The Museum of Modern Art by Zaha Hadid/Industrial City, take part in an urban excursion of the inner city and also sketch and document buildings in the ruins of the old Capitoline Hill.

Cultural activities

Rome today is one of the most important destinations of the world, due to the vastness of its archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for the charm of its unique traditions, the
beauty of its panoramic views, and the majesty of its magnificent “villas” (parks). Among the most significant resources are the many museums – Musei Capitolini, the Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, including those dedicated to modern and contemporary art and great many others) – aqueducts, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Catacombs.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Italian immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Italy and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activites and museums (£20), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am