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2020 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 and Context in Europe:
Rome, Venice & Paris

May 21 – June 5, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

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 21 - May 25)
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.

Venice (May 26 - May 29)
Venice is a fragile yet very resilient environment and the repository of centuries of interaction between nature and civilization. The focus of our trip there will be to fully explore The Biennale of Architecture 2020, the mayor international exhibition of architecture curated by Hashim Sarkis. We will visit both the Arsenale and Giardini location. We will also study the work of Carlo Scarpa, Tadao Ando, and several other contemporary designers. In a field trip to Verona is also we will explore the Castelvecchio, Carlo Scapa’s masterpiece and most relevant adaptive reuse project of post- war-Italy.

Paris (May 30 - June 4)
At the French capital, the focus of our explorations will be several exceptional museums, among them: The Louvre, D’orsay, Pompidou, Quai Branly by Jean Nouvel, 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. The group will also visit the gardens at the chateau at Versailles.

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, 2020. 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 undergraduate students)
INT 494 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3) (Required for all undergraduate students)
INT 594 A Design and Context (3) (Required for all graduate students)
INT 594 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3) (Required for all graduate students)

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, 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,
Paul Coseo,


Mediterranean Cities and Landscapes: 
Italy & Greece

May 25 – June 13, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

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

The 2020 Mediterranean Cities and Landscapes international study abroad program will take us through the cities, villages, and landscapes of Greece and Italy, from Athens to Rome. Along the way, we will strive to get “off the beaten path” and experience spectacular natural landscapes, ancient cities and villages, and the various cultural adaptations of humans to the landscape. We will focus on developing ways to see, experience, and understand places through a variety of methods such as sketching, collecting, photographing, writing, and wandering…all with the goal of enriching the understanding of cities, landscapes, history, culture, and place.

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. 


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any major with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program is open to non-ASU students. Application deadline is March 1, 2020, but early applications are encouraged as the program fills up quickly.

For more details, see the full program description here:

More info: 

Study Abroad Office
Allyce Hargrove,