Sketching in Sicily
January Program

  • Syracuse is located on the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located in the southernmost region of Italy.
  • The city serves as your classroom for this exciting three-week, three credit course focusing on creation and discovery, using the sketchbook as a basis for observation and storytelling.
  • Tentative program dates are December 28, 2013 - January 19, 2014.
  • Moore College of Art & Design students will receive an Arcadia University transcript. Credit earned on the program will count towards your undergraduate degree at Moore College of Art & Design.
  • Arcadia's experienced, knowledgeable staff offer complete student support in both the U.S. and Italy.
  • All Moore College of Art & Design students will be housed in apartments provided by Arcadia University.


Art by  Claudio PataneThis course is designed for beginning artists or students in any discipline who want to keep a sketchbook of their travel experience in Sicily. This class focuses on: drawing skills required to observe, express, and communicate visually, using media of pencil, watercolor, crayon, and pen. Students will design an artist’s sketchbook based on their own curiosity and interests. Students will be exposed to urban landscapes, natural spaces, objects, customs and traditions of this unique Mediterranean area. They will also view artists’ images of Sicily, and a variety of artists’ drawings and sketchbooks.

Sicily has a long history of welcoming travelers. Architects, painters, poets, writers, philosophers, anthropologists and scientists have spent time in this unique region, so suited to the reflections of a truly inspirational personal journey, and in doing so recorded their extraordinary memories in "travel diaries" enriched by exquisite sketches of landscapes, civilizations, myths, cults and customs.


The 2014 fee is $3,060, which includes: 3-credit course, field trips, workshops, housing, health insurance, academic advising, pre-departure advising, on-site support staff.

Fee DOES NOT INCLUDE: flight, books, miscellaneous expenses, non-program related travel, meals.


ScholarshipsMoore College of Art & Design students are eligible for Arcadia scholarships. Students need to fill out the FAFSA form and indicate Moore College of Art & Design and Arcadia University on the form. The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization. It provides more than $2 million per year in financial aid and scholarships. Annually, The College distributes hundreds of primarily need-based scholarships. For more information, please contact Rosemary Hall at

Passport and Visa

If you do not have a passport, you must begin applying for one immediately. Your passport must be valid for six months from the end of your program, otherwise you will need to renew your passport.

You will not need to apply for student visa for this program if you are a US citizen. International students may need to apply for a visa as well. You can learn more about the visa process here.


  • January Term: 3 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation, and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Please note: Moore College of Art & Design students must earn a C or better to be able to transfer in a class at the undergraduate level and graduate students must earn a B or better to be able to transfer credits for post-undergraduate or technical based electives.

Application Deadline

Please contact Chris Callas in The College of Global Studies at 1-866-927-2234, or, with any questions, or contact Alyssa Truszkowski, Academic Advisor, (215) 965-4063, or