Outside the Classroom – in Pollenzo Campus
The School Garden
In order to better understand UNISG’s new definition of food quality, in which value is based on the social, environmental, and economic impact of production, processing, and distribution, students may take a course in Ecological Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture, collaborating in an on-campus garden project. The garden is an ideal laboratory for applying the theory studied in class, and for developing a greater awareness of the many meanings of "quality".
The hands-on experience of cultivating fruits and vegetables helps students grasp the complexity of agri-food systems, from the social to agronomic to environmental implications. Working the earth induces respect; practicing organic and biodynamic techniques builds value for biodiversity and sustainability.
This elective course includes both theoretic and applied lessons on food-plant cultivation, in the classroom and in the field. Current issues of modern agriculture and scientific research are also addressed, with the goal of building a comprehensive and holistic understanding that can be applied throughout the UNISG experience as well as in work life after school. With the skills to engage in dialogue with professionals in the sector, graduates may contribute to a better food-production system, including a more natural overall approach.
In collaboration with the Holden School in Torino, UNISG provides undergraduates with this opportunity to develop their writing skills. The program comprises a compulsory attendance phase plus an elective phase chosen by the student. The lab includes training in writing and editing, with the specific goal of teaching food-journalism skills as well as those necessary for the preparation of required stage reports.
A variety of writing styles and modes are explored, taught in both English and Italian by teaching staff who also manage and evaluate the lab’s exercises. This is a practical course for all students, particularly for those who wish to pursue further communications training or work.
A Wide Angle on the World of Food
To establish a visual record of the myriad forms of food production and consumption around the world, as well as the cultural discourse that characterizes international gastronomy, UNISG has launched the creation of a multimedia archive.
In support of this filmic encyclopedia—a project to both document existing content as well as stimulate new student creativity—a special collaboration with the Berlin International Film Festival has been developed, under the guidance of celebrated director of photography, Michael Balhaus. Balhaus has worked with such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and brings with him the involvement of the Berlinale Talent Campus, a world meeting of thousands of young international filmmakers.
This documentation project goes hand-in-hand with UNISG’s new cinematography workshop, a select group of students chosen on the basis of their audiovisual interests and abilities. The team’s work has already been presented at various film festivals and forms a continuum with UNISG’s newly launched courses in camera work, directing, and postproduction.