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International Programs

Study abroad is one of the most exciting opportunities available to our Students and one of the best ways to internationalize a college education. The Department of Art, Architecture and Art History strongly encourages foreign study and provides a variety of opportunities. Students may spend a semester or a full year studying abroad in almost every country in the world. Additionally, the department exchange programs currently exist with schools in Amsterdam, Venice, and Lahti Finland.

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Studio Art Summer Program in Paris/La Napoule France

The Department of Art also offers one of the university's longest running summer programs. The Summer Studio Program in France, established in 1986, offers students an environment conducive to pursuing creative work and a European experience where travel and the study of art on location are an integrated part of the program.  To date,the biennial Studio Program in France has had over 400 student participants. The overwhelming theme for those participants has been that the program was a life changing experience.

The Studio Program in France begins with a 10 day stay in Paris. In Paris, each day begins with a lecture corresponding to the days museum visits. Students are exposed to the collections of some of the greatest museums in all of Europe , such as the Louvre, Orsay and the Pompidou.

The studio component of the program; the last 30 days of the program, are in residency at the Chateau de La Napoule, on the Cote D'Azur. While in La Napoule students begin each day with a critique of the previous days work. Studio workshops, unlike formal classes, are structured around working artists in residence: the faculty, who share their expertise, experience and points of view through daily studio practice and critiques. The program stresses a strong work orientation and self-motivation. Students are encouraged to develop a personal expression and should feel free to follow their aesthetic interests. On average students spend 10 hours a day on studio activities, seven days a week. Written and illustrated journals reflecting the European experience are required and considered extremely important. Faculty work with students individually as well as in group situations. All participants, including faculty, are involved in their creative work during each day of the program.

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