The SVA Destinations Masters Workshop: Design History, Theory & Practice in Rome is an intensive hands-on workshop that focuses on typography, book and lettering design, and epigraphy. The 2016 workshop will be held from May 29 to June 12 and is being lead by MFA Design Co-chairsSteven Heller and Lita Talarico.
“The highlight of the workshop, aside from Rome itself, is the immersion in typographic culture with experts in the art and design of typefaces, inscriptions and lettering,” says Heller. “History and contemporary practices are explored with leading Roman designers and art directors.” This year’s guest faculty members include Dr. Darius Arya, Maria Pina Bentivenga, Cristina Chiappini, James Clough, Louise Fili, Mario Fois, Paola Manfroni, Mario Rullo and Mauro Zennaro.
An important feature of the workshop is the participants’ final projects. “The final project must be a viable entrepreneurial product,” says MFA Design director of operations Esther Ro-Schofield. “Past participants have designed mobile apps, books and fonts that actually have been launched in the marketplace.” The workshop is open to anyone with experience in graphic design and the final projects can be accomplished in a variety of media—typography, photography, collage and digital media.
Participants are also exposed to art, architecture, archeology and even Italian cuisine. “Every year in Rome has its share of surprises in terms of how the students respond visually and through their design to the city and its wonders,” says Heller. “It’s always a life changing experience for each participant.”
Deadline for applications for the Masters Workshop: Design History, Theory & Practice in Rome design.sva.edu/italy is April 1.