This program explores 2 courses in the space of 4 weeks. You will first delve into Creative Italian Story Telling: from Literature to Cinema to other forms of fiction, before turning your attention to world famous director Federico Fellini and the Contemporary Italian Cinema.

In Creative Italian Story Telling, you will analyse some of the most important adaptations of Italian Literature for the seventh art. It is a great opportunity to discover the Italian culture through poetry, literature, playwriting and screenwriting. You will then have the chance to write a story and develop it into a short film screenplay using the creative writing techniques you will have studied earlier in the course.

The class on Federico Fellini and the Contemporary Italian Cinema will focus on Federico Fellini’s career, from his debut as screenwriter during Neorealism to his masterpieces of the ’50s and ’60s.You will then explore the boundaries of contemporary Italian cinema with the most significant directors and their movies: Roberto Benigni Gabriele Salvatores, Matteo Garrone and Paolo Sorrentino (who  won for best film in a foreign language at the Academy Awards 2014).

* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to final change *

Additional Course Information

Topics which will be covered in the Italian Cinema, Storytelling and Film program are:

  • Introduction to narrative techniques: clear vision
  • The dramatic moment
  • Screening and guidelines of short film
  • Exercise on location
  • The importance of having a theme: how to find it in a book and how to find your own story
  • Characters: their roles, their arc of transformation and how to brainstorm from characters (exercise: let’s build a story together)
  • The story triangle.
  • The structure of a story and a psychological story
  • The art of adaptation: literature & cinema
  • Scene analysis
  • The art of descriptions and dialogue
  • Movie discussion and analysis

University and Faculty

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (also known as UCSC or UNICATT) is an Italian private research university and was founded in 1921. Cattolica is the largest private university in Europe. Its main campus is located in Milan, with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona, Rome and Campobasso. The Milan campus, situated in the heart of Milan’s St. Ambrose district, is characterised by chapels and great halls which mark the university’s original use as a monastery as far back as the 8th century. UCSC has been awarded 5 stars by international university ranking system, QS Stars, and has been noted as the fourth most recommended university to attend by international students. Italian culture is rich and thriving in Milan, making it the ideal city to gain access to the many facets of Italian cinema and film very simple.

Faculty

Mara Perbellini is a scriptwriter and story analyst for major film and TV production Companies.  After her B.A. in Italian Literature and her Master’s Degree in Screenwriting at the Universita  Cattolica of Milan, she began to write screenplays and work as a story analyst for Rai Fiction and Eagle Pictures. She also worked as assistant director on the TV-movie “Una famiglia per caso” for RAI 1.

She has had over twelve feature film stories and screenplays purchased or optioned, including the treatment of “Bugie e miracoli” for Academy Award Winner Producer Marina Cicogna. In addition to her screenplays, Mara has had a number of scripts produced for animated series, such as “The Lord of Shadows” and “Uffa che Pazienza!” (Rai 2, season 1 and 2, which earned the Pulcinella Award at Cartoons on the Bay 2008 as best TV series for children).

She also attended the Film School at the New York Film Academy, both in NYC and in L.A. (at Universal Studios) and the London Academy of Radio, Film & TV: while there, she directed, wrote and edited 4 short films.

In 2006 Mara joined the Faculty of IES Abroad Milan, where she teaches History of Italian Cinema and filmmaking. In 2012 she joined the Faculty of Università Cattolica where she teaches creative storytelling with Prof. Provenzi. She’s also tutoring Italian film students at Università Cattolica, both for the Screenwriting Master Program and the film-making summer course at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

In 2009 she got an Award for best screenplay at the Fiuggi International Family Film Festival with the film “Il sirenetto”. After that she wrote several prime-time mini-series and series, such as “Distretto di polizia 8” (Canale 5), “Ci vediamo a Portofino” (Rai 1), “La vita che corre” (Rai 1), “Eleonora Duse” (Publispei) and “Ombre sulla neve” (Casanova Multimedia).

In 2012 she wrote 5 plays for “Decalogo parte prima” that premiered  at the Spoleto “Festival dei due mondi”. She’s currently writing 5 other plays for “Decalogo parte seconda” as well as some cinematic projects.

Ilenia Provenzi graduated in Modern Literature, worked for a production company in Rome and spent some months in New York before dedicating herself to writing and editing. She is the co-author of a Tv series for children, writes film reviews for the online magazine ilsussidiario.net and works for a publishing company, evaluating manuscripts and proposals. Her first novel, La discesa dei Luminosi, has been published by Giunti Editore in January 2012.

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Site Visits and Cultural Activities

Field Trips

Below is the list of places students will likely visit as part of the program:

MIC is an interactive museum of cinema. Participants will see the development of cinema as an art form; pre-cinema and film archives with Milano at the beginning of last century, Futuristic short films and Giuseppe Verdi’s funeral; the development of advertisement and animation; experience film dubbing; see boards with film settings in Milan and the chain distribution in Milan since 1896.

  • Centro sperimentale di cinematografia

This year participants of the program are lucky enough to meet actor/director/writer Maurizio Nichetti (who’s also director of Centro sperimentale di cinematografia). They will then have a chance to work with the filmmaking students from Centro sperimentale di cinematografia in their Studios to have a taste of the filmmaking process.

Cultural Activities

A range of cultural activities will be organised to increase your appreciation of the Italian city and culture.

Accommodation

Students will be staying in dorm style accommodation (http://www.giusti6.it/en), and will be sharing a room with at least one other student. The accommodation is roughly 20 minutes away (metro and walking) from the University. All rooms have WiFi and a private bathroom as well as kitchen facilities.

Student Blogs

Hear the experiences of other students on this program

“Even as a four year old girl, I knew I was Italian and what that meant. Through primary school all my independent projects were related to Italy. For most of my life I have been trying to learn the language, but it was really hard to learn it in a classroom environment. And of course when this opportunity to study at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy”
- Jessica Renaglia, Double degree in Journalism and Arts (majoring in Creative Communications and Film & Television). READ MORE

Destination Information

Milan

Milan, Italy

The city of Milan has an ancient cultural heritage and legacy. Modern Milan is recognised as a world fashion and design capital, with a major influence in commerce, industry, music, sport, literature, art and media. The city remains one of Europe’s main transportation and industrial hubs, making it one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Milan boasts long experience of public transport: its first street cars date back to 1841. Today, the wide assortment of trams, buses, trolley-buses and the three lines of the subway makes it easy to get to almost every corner of town. The Fiera Milano City, for instance, is on the red subway line 1 (direction Rho Fiera, Amendola Fiera stop).

Tickets (Euro 1.50) are not on sale on vehicles: you can buy them at most newsstands and in some bars. You can use a ticket for 90 minutes on as many trams and buses as you like, but only once on the subway. Tickets to reach some suburban subway stations (Rho and Rho Fiera, the two stops for Milanofiori Assago, the three ones in Cologno, and towards Gessate beyond Cascina Gobba) are more expensive.

With a world-renowned reputation for its gastronomy, fashion and design, there is no shortage of shopping and eating opportunities in Milan. The city centre is home to most of Milan’s shopping, eating and entertainment. Some places of note:

Brera. This is one of the most exclusive and fashionable places in Milan, with an atmosphere vaguely reminiscent of Paris, with its artists, open-air coffee shops and sophisticated boutiques. This area, which could be described as “luxury Bohemian” includes Via Brera, Via Solferino, Via Pontaccio, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como. Alongside it there are many eighteenth century palaces including Palazzo Brera at number 28 Corso Como that houses the famous Pinacoteca.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The gallery with its glass and iron structure was built around 1870 and is called the “salotto di Milano” (The Milan Lounge). It houses old coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and historical bookshops. Luxury shops sit side-by-side with fast-food outlets such as McDonalds.

 

Milan has won the 2015 Eurocities award for Innovations for its project on “Fewer cars, more shared spaces, better quality of life for all”. Read more on sharing-mobility-strategy-in-milan.

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Credit and Funding

Credit

All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.

Funding

You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.

1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email info@aimoverseas.com.au or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.