program details

This program is open to all undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional students. Participants will be mentored by professional Italian/American directors, cinematographers, production designers, and sound recording specialists in the creation of a short film. Students will gain firsthand experience in all stages of film production.

Program dates:

June 18 - July 19, 2017

application deadline: 

February 15, 2017



Genova is the capital of Liguria and in 2004 became European Capital of Culture and its old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. This interesting port city has a rich history and is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. In Genova visitors enjoy the beautiful piazzas, churches filled with Renaissance art, museums, exhibits, the lovely boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea and the typical mouth-watering Genovese food.


FILM 3500 - Special Topics in Film Production and FILM 3905 - Independent Study/Research.

Travel and living arrangements:

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip flight to Genova. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Frontier Education and are included in the program fee. Students are housed in apartments in Genova for the duration of the program. A welcoming and farewell dinner are included as well as one field trip. Students are also encouraged to explore Italy during their free time - past students have enjoyed weekend getaways to a number of destinations including Milan, Rome, and Tuscany. 

how to apply:

Contact Megan Randall at University of Utah learning abroad office:

801.581.5849 (main office) - 801.585.3446 (direct line) -


Kevin Hanson

  • Chair, Film & Media Arts Department, University of Utah
  • Associate Professor, Film & Media Arts Department

Kevin’s teaching career includes teaching film production at Wright State University, Ohio University, and the University of Utah and teaching history and theory courses for the Masters of Professional Communication program at Westminster College. He ran the Management Communication Center for the David Eccles School of Business from 1992 through 1994. Kevin began his teaching career as an NEA Artist in the Schools. He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Westminster College and an MFA in Art (filmmaking) from the University of Utah. 

Kevin brings with him an eclectic mix of professional film credits including video production work for business and industry, promotional videos for arts, management, and high tech organizations. He has worked as a cinematographer and has produced his own narrative, documentary, and experimental film projects. Kevin continues to produce films across the fine arts disciplines with colleagues and former students.

Contact Kevin at or 801.581.7428


amanda stoddard

Amanda has worked in as an editor, camera operator, assistant director, director and producer. Her exposure to all facets of the cinematic process is extensive, well rounded, and includes projects that have aired on National TV and theatrical release. Her film 1 Revolution was featured internationally and received honors and recognition at many film festivals. A dedicated and talented individual, Amanda has also worked an instructor at Salt Lake Community College teaching film theory and film production for many years, currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Utah Film Studies Department, and she is the creative director of the One Revolution Foundation. 


Connie Wilkerson

Connie earned her BFA in Theatre Design from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado and her MFA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. She teaches Graduate Film Production I and Video Editing & Certification and also coteaches Direct & Shoot Dialogue on Location with Professor Kevin Hanson. Connie’s films include the comedies The Bracelet, Get Milk, and In Loco Parentis. She was a fellow in the Utah Digital Directors Project 2010 and is currently working on a documentary following a season ofChildren’s Dance Theater and an adaptation of the short story “The Family Bible.”


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