Study Abroad

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Study Abroad

2016 Design Study Abroad Programs

Please see below for an overview of the study abroad programs offered by The Design School.  Please visit the Study Abroad office for more detailed information on the programs and how to apply.

Design Drawing and Discovery
Italy, France, and Spain

May 24 -June 10, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Throughout the Mediterranean countries of Italy, France, and Spain, we will focus on the development of “critical seeing” skills, revealing relationships between culture (urban form, architecture, art) and the landscape over a wide span of history. Through a variety of methods of visual note-taking (sketching, diagramming, annotation, writing), students will enhance their observation skills; deepen their understanding of landscape, culture, history, and design; and enrich their experience of place, leaving students with lasting skills that will transform their approach to design and the experience of place throughout their career and life beyond college.

The program will take a dual approach consisting of faculty-directed drawing/sketching workshops, and self-led drawing and discovery. The program is open to all skill levels. You do not need to be an “artist” to be successful in this program. We approach drawing as an activity of exploration; not an activity concerned with pretty pictures.

Florence, Italy (4 nights)
In Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, students will explore design through history, from the Middle Ages, to the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and identify elements prevalent in design, including formal gardens, piazzas, and cathedrals. We will visit the Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi and Accademia galleries, Ponte Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens, and will travel on day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, and villas near Florence.

Cinque Terre (3 nights)
The five cliffside villages of Cinque Terre (meaning five lands) are a juxtaposition of a rugged and beautiful landscape with the colorful villages built into the cliffs, demonstrating humans’ relationship and adaptation to a severe landscape. It is part of Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villages are connected by boat, train, and footpath only; they are not accessible by automobile. We will hike and rail between the villages, taking in the majestic coast of the Italian Riviera, while experiencing Italian village life.

Nice, France (1 night)
With a brief stop in Nice, along the French Riviera, students will see how the sea and landscape have influenced art, architecture and gardens, with visits to the Place Massena (central plaza) and a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

Avignon, France (3 nights)
A visit to the walled city of Avignon will include the Papal Palace, the Pont d’Avignon, Avignon Cathedral, St. Pierre Cathedral; and public spaces of the city; along with the Palace Square and the shaded Place Pie with its mature Plane trees. Retrace the steps of Van Gogh and Gauguin with a visit to nearby Arles, to view public spaces such as the Place Repubique-town plaza; the Roman Arena and ancient Roman theatre ruins. Optional side trips may include Viviers, on the bank of the Rhone River, and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on the Sorgue River.

Barcelona, Spain (4 nights)
We will explore the remarkable capital of Catalonia and experience its history from the Medieval to Modern times. We will ‘get lost’ in the medieval Barrio Gothic, experience the public spaces along the Ramblas, commonly referred to as the ‘Best Street in the World,” and visit Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia, and Mies van der Rohes’ modernist Barcelona Pavilion.

Granada, Spain (2 nights)
The Moorish architecture in our final city, Granada includes the study and sketching of the 8th Century monuments of the Alhambra and Generalife, and the Carmen of the Martyrs, with emphasis on the Moors’ use and delight of water in an arid landscape. An optional side trip to the city of Cordoba will round out the exploration of southern Spain with its medieval Moorish Mesquita (built in 786) and the Open Center for Citizens Activities (built in 2010); a study in differing ideas of space and adaptation to a hot and arid environment.

Eligibility

  • All Design School and HIDA graduate students and undergrads (sophomore year completed)
  • Program open to all related disciplines
  • Non-ASU students are eligible
  • Min 2.5 GPA

Academic Program
The program will consist of faculty-led sketching workshops, seminars, field trips, and self-led drawing and discovery. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook to be used as a repository for all drawings, notes, and written work. 

LAP485 (6 credits) – undergraduate
LAP598 (6 credits) – graduate

Cost: TBD
Included in program cost: ASU tuition and fees, all transportation and lodging through the duration of the program, including day trips and entrance fees to parks, gardens, cathedrals, and museums. Daily breakfast, and a welcome and farewell dinner are also included. Not included: Airfare to and from arrival/departure cities (closest major cities are Rome and Madrid), transportation to and from arrival/departure cities, optional side trips and excursions, meals and personal expenses.

More info:
Study Abroad Office
Email: Allyce Hargrove Allyce.Hargrove@asu.edu

 

Design and Context in Europe:
Rome, Paris & Amsterdam

May 14 – May 29, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Design School at Arizona State University offers this program in Italy, France and the Netherlands to allow the participants to study the relationship between context and design in three of the greatest European cities: Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. All cities are relevant referential points to all contemporary disciplines of design. The program structure, with guided field trips, seminars, in depth on-site analysis, and individual documentation of findings and reflections through sketchbooks will broaden the participants' perception of design as an active and dynamic part of larger cultural issues.

Rome (May 15-May 19)
The trip begins in Rome, thus creating the foundation of a study from antiquity to present time. In the eternal city our group will study how design has contributed to shape the environment over centuries. The focus of our visit will be the exceptional monuments of the empire, the Vatican, the Baroque treasures, and contemporary work by Roger Piano and Zaha Hadid, among others.

Paris (May 20-May 25)
At the French capital, the focus of our explorations will be several exceptional museums, among them: The Louvre, D’orsay, Pompidou, The Picasso Museum, Quai Branly and Vuitton Foundation, as well as the detailed study of major works by Le Corbusier, including the seminal Maison La Roche and Ville Savoye. The group will have ample opportunity to discover other relevant aspects of contemporary design in this city, including a visit to La Promenade Plantée, the inspiration for the New York city’s the Highline. A field trip to Versailles is also included.  

Amsterdam (May 26 - May 29)
After the grandeur of Rome and Paris we will conclude our program in Amsterdam, structured around canals. This unique city flourished in 1600s during the Dutch Golden Age in The Netherlands. We will visit the recently expanded Stedelijk Museum, with a particularly important collection of XX century design; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Rijksmuseum, recently restored, to see some of the most relevant works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. We will also study the Voldelpark and other contemporary relevant landscape examples. 

Eligibility
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all the majors at The Design School, the Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts, and other related disciplines. The program is open to non-ASU students. Application deadline is March 1st, 2017. Early applications are encouraged. 

Academic Program
The six-credit component will consist of a seminar, lectures, field trips, and object-context analysis. Each participant will select and explore a topic(s): tectonic and materiality, innovative practices, furniture, street graphic, a particular artistic movement and its relationship with society, the work of a particular designer, or other related issues, and will develop sketches, and notes interpreting what is seen and experienced. Relevant questions and findings will be discussed in seminars.

Students will be required to participate in all seminars and field trips, and to keep a sketchbook with daily entries and sketches from all the sites we visit. 

INT 494 A Design and Context  (3) Seminar/field trips (Required for all students)
INT 494 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3) 
INT 594 A Design and Context (3) (Required for all graduate students)
INT 594 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3) 

Cost:
ASU tuition for 6 credits, hotels, buffet breakfast, airline ticket from Rome to Paris, group transportation from hotel in Rome to airport and transportation from Paris airport to hotel, train from Paris to Amsterdam, and transportation to the hotel in Amsterdam, entrances fees and health insurance. Not included: Round trip airfare from Phoenix to Rome and return from Europe, and transportation to hotel from airport in Rome when arriving and to airport in Paris when departing. ASU student fees, additional meals, and personal expenses. 

More info: 
Study Abroad Office
Jose Bernardi, Jose.Bernardi@asu.edu
Paul Coseo, Paul.Coseo@asu.edu

 

European Cities and Landscapes: 
Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam & Paris

May 30 – June 19, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Academic Program
LAP 485 or LAP 598 International Field Studies - 6 credit hours 

The diverse approaches to planning, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture and sustainable urban development found in Denmark, Germany, France and the Netherlands will be the focus of the international study abroad program for 2017. The physical and social structure of cities, villages and the rural landscape will be analyzed to understand historical precedents, cultural differences and planning/design priorities.  Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and planning are of particular interest.  Specific topics of study include: urban design and pedestrian zones, urban park and plaza design, new town planning and sustainable urban development, historical palace and estate garden design, landscape architecture and landscape planning, vernacular landscapes and townscapes and sustainable planning/design and green building. 

This course is an intensive field study program that includes guided field trips, lectures, group activities and prescribed small group and individual activities.  Approximately one day per week is allocated for student free time.  

More info: 

Study Abroad Office 
Edward (Ted) Cook, Professor Edward.Cook@asu.edu

 

Mediterranean Cities and Landscapes: 
Italy & Greece

May 13 – May 31, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Academic Program
LAP 485 or LAP 598 International Field Studies - 6 credit hours 

The diverse approaches to planning, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture and sustainable urban development found in Venice, Cinque Terre, Rome, Athens and the Greek Islands of Santorini and Naxos will be the focus of the international study program for 2017. The physical and social structure of cities, villages and the rural landscape will be analyzed to understand historical precedents, cultural differences and planning/design priorities.  Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and planning are of particular interest.  Specific topics of study include: Urban Design and Pedestrian Zones, Urban Park and Plaza Design, New Town Planning and Sustainable Urban Development, Historical Palace and Estate Garden Design, Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning, Vernacular Landscapes and Townscapes and Sustainable Planning/Design and Green Building.

This course is an intensive field study program that includes guided field trips, lectures, group activities and prescribed small group and individual activities.  Approximately one day per week is allocated for student free time. 

More info: 

Study Abroad Office
Edward (Ted) Cook, Professor Edward.Cook@asu.edu