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Rome - 2014


Image of student sketching in Rome

The "See, Sketch, Shoot Rome 2014" Study Abroad program will be offered through Coastline Community College from approximately June 24 to July 24, 2014. Spend a month photographing and drawing Rome and all the best of Italy.

We are accepting applications for this fantastic program. Click on the links below.

Visit the Study Rome - 2014 program website for details and updates.

We invite you to expand your comfort zone, speak a new language, taste gelato, drink espresso, and make new friends. Discover Rome, the Eternal City, through the lens of your camera and the pages of your sketchbook. But most importantly, discover a new way of seeing the world by reframing your point of view while forming memories of a lifetime.

Students will move to the city of Rome, Italy, where they will immerse themselves in day-to-day Roman life by living in the Student Residence in the Trastevere neighborhood . You will live next door to Romans, grocery shop with the locals and become residents of the city for an entire month.

The city of Rome and the surrounding countryside will be your classroom while you learn to draw and use your digital camera, creating a sketch and photo journal of your experiences. You will live in history while walking on the same street stones once tread upon by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and so many other masters.

The class will also take excursions to the Italian hill town of Orvieto and to the Amalfi Coast visiting Pompeii, Sorrento and the Island of Capri.


Students will earn six units of college credit while studying Drawing and Digital Photography among the historical and cultural tapestry that is Rome. Students are required to enroll in both of the classes offered which are taught in English.

ART C120 "Drawing 1" 3 units (CCC)

This class offered by Chris Kerins is designed for the beginning and intermediate student. With Italy as our classroom, we will walk the streets of Rome and other Italian cities to find our subjects to learn the basic elements of shape, volume, and perspective. The technical application of diverse drawing materials will include charcoal, graphite, ink, and colored media to create illusionistic space and form. We will also view many of the greatest works of art for our inspiration at the Vatican Museum, National Roman Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Galleria Borghese, and Capitoline Museums.

  • Graded
  • Pass/No Pass
  • Transfer Credit: CSU

DGA C131 "Digital Photography" 3 units (CCC)

Instructor Jonathan Fletcher will offer this introductory course that will teach the student to use a digital camera with Adobe Photoshop to perform the basic image editing techniques to enhance and correct images. With all of Rome as your subject, assignments will be designed to explore and experience the city and its history. The class will visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Baths of Diocletian, Trajan's Market, Piazza San Pietro, Piazza de Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Campidoglio, the Pantheon, and St. Peter's Basilica. You will learn basic camera controls, camera support systems, basic lighting techniques, file formats, transfer of files, and saving options.

  • Graded


Jonathan Fletcher

DGA C131 – Digital Photography

Instructor Fletcher

Jonathan Fletcher has been an instructor at Orange Coast College's The School of Photography for 13 years and continues to teach photography at several local colleges including Coastline Community College. He received his BA from UC Santa Barbara, and holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. His photographs are held in collections throughout the country.

Jonathan has worked in both commercial and fine art photography for more than 25 years, spanning both film and digital. His true passion comes from the pinhole cameras he builds for his personal work. In 2006 he was invited to be a technical advisor the The Great Picture Project. This massive effort turned an abandoned F-18 jet hanger into the world's largest camera obscura. The resulting 31×111 ft. image is listed with the Guinness Book of World Records as the worlds largest single photograph created by the world's largest camera. He is very interested by the intersection and overlap of antiquated 19th century "alternative" photographic processes in our modern digital age.

As a teacher he believes strongly in the power and resonance in the photographic image and that every photographer has a unique point-of-view and story to tell based on their singular experiences in life. Encouraging students to find their visual voice is what fuels his enthusiasm in the classroom. Rome, with its history and cultural significance, is the perfect framework for this photographic adventure.

Chris Kerins

Art C120 – Drawing

Instructor Kerins

Chris Kerins has been teaching Architecture at Orange Coast College for the past 5 years focusing on illustration and portfolio development. Since 2012, Chris has also been teaching Rapid Illustration Techniques for Digital Media and Design (DMAD) students at OCC. Additionally, he has taught at Brooks College, and UCLA where he also received a MFA in Design for theater and opera and now Coastline in 2014.

In 2010, Chris attended the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Portland Oregon where he shared and sketched the city with other faculty and artists from around the world. As an artist and illustrator, Chris believes sketching is a fundamental way of seeing and understanding the world around one's self. When traveling, Chris is never far from his sketchbook including three personal tours of Italy. As an Architecture major at Cal Poly SLO, for his senior thesis he created a custom study abroad program in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico which included sketching, photography, design and a gallery showcase of all the work.

In addition to teaching at OCC, Chris owns businesses in architectural illustration and website design and can often be found learning figure drawing at Location 1980 studio in Costa Mesa. Contact Mr. Kerins at

What Is Included:

The city of Rome as well as other Italian cities will be your classroom as you study Drawing and Digital Photography, on the "See, Sketch, Shoot Rome" program. There will be numerous fieldtrips to museums, churches and historical sites within Rome as well as daytrips and excursions to other cities in the region. Included in the cost of "See Sketch Shoot Rome" is:

  • Double/triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, and general living area will be provided in the Residence Trastevere, or similar student residence in Rome for the duration of the program.
  • Museum entrance fees for class visits to the Vatican Museum, National Roman Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, and Galleria Borghese.
  • Historical Site passes to the Colosseum/Roman Forum, Baths of Diocletian, and Trajan's Market
  • Three-day, two-night excursion to Sorrento/Capri/Pompeii, including roundtrip train transport from Rome to Naples, roundtrip train transport from Naples to Sorrento, ferry transport to Capri, entries, and one half-day guided tour. Accommodations in a two-star hotel (double/triple/quad rooms). Breakfast in the hotel provided daily.
  • Two-day, one-night excursion to Orvieto, including roundtrip train transport, and entries to the funicular, San Brizio Chapel, and the Well of San Patrizio. Accommodations in a two-star hotel (double/triple/quad rooms). Breakfast in the hotel provided daily.
  • One cultural event, such as a performance of ballet, opera, or classical music.
  • Rome transit pass to each participant, valid on bus and metro for the duration of the program.
  • 6 group lunches


The estimated per student program price is $3,660 based on 20 to 24 students, $3,510 based on 25 to 29 students, $3,390 based on 30 to 34 students, or $3,310 based on 35 to 40 students. Each student will also be charged a refundable security deposit of $150. Airfare is not included in the program price. Note: This program must have at least 20 student participants by March 10, 2014 in order for it 'to go'.

What Is Not Included:

  • Airfare. The service provider will offer group flight pricing. Excess baggage fees, porterage.
  • Optional single room supplement of $250; based on availability.
  • Meals except as specified.
  • Personal expenses, course-required materials, passports and/or visas, and anything not listed as included.
  • Short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance (see below).
  • Enrollment fees; currently $46 per unit for California residents.

Passports and Customs Information

Visit the United States Federal Government Passports and Customs Information page. You may go here to get information about obtaining or renewing your passport, as well as customs information you'll need before you return to the United States. People residing in America holding a foreign passport should contact their embassy or consulate, as a visa may be required.

Financial Aid

Financial aid through Coastline's Financial Aid office may be available! Please see the Financial Aid page for more information and to get the ball rolling. Refer to this PDF as well .


All program participants are required to purchase short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance through an approved District insurance provider. Program participants can find further information on the required study abroad medical insurance at the Coast Community College District About Study Abroad page. Program participants must purchase this study abroad medical insurance no less than 60 days prior to program departure. Failure to purchase the required study abroad medical insurance shall prevent student from participating in the study abroad program.

For more information about this program, or any other Study Abroad program offered through Coastline Community College, please contact Kevin Donahue at or by calling (714) 241-6215.

The Coast Community College District reserves the right to cancel, change, append, add, or delete Programs or features of Programs. Dates, prices, locations, and other details indicated on this preliminary information page may not accurately reflect the actual Program offered in 2014, as Programs are still in the final planning stages.

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