Arts and Design Courses

Studying overseas in Arts and Design helps you graduate on time, enhances your portfolio AND puts you streets ahead of the competition when it comes to getting a job. Learn from experts while making classrooms out of cities like Florence, London and Los Angeles. Take courses in: Architecture and Design, Fashion, Fine Art, Dance, Music, Photography, Theatre and more!
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CREDITS: 15 points

How does the contemporary art world work? Premised on the idea that there are many art worlds, this course examines global and local contemporary artistic practices, theories, histories and institutions, exploring the practices and discourses that constitute these worlds. No prior knowledge or experience of contemporary art is assumed.

Note: This course has very limited enrolment availability. It is recommended that students apply early and have a second choice course option.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

This course is designed to provide a critical understanding of arts management both for students seeking a career in arts management and for those interested in sharpening their critical thinking and strategically using the creativity of the art world as a tool to prepare for today’s rapidly shifting cultural, economic, and sociopolitical environment. Students will be offered an insight into management and planning in arts organizations both from a global perspective and from a privileged first-hand experience of Barcelona cultural scene. This is an interdisciplinary course across the fields of art and management.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

The main objective of this course is to ensure that students acquire the necessary knowledge to enable them to achieve a solid understanding of the history of Spanish art, from Prehistory to modernity at the beginning of the 20th Century. Given the wide range of material, those artists and artistic movements which have had a significant impact throughout the history of Spanish Art will receive special attention. Medieval and Islamic Art, Renaissance and Baroque during the Spanish Golden Age, Goya and Modernisme will all be studied in depth.

There will be guided visits to museums or temporary exhibitions (if there are any relevant ones on during the course) to allow students to have a direct contact with the real artworks studied in class.

Parallel to this, and in view of the final project to be done by students, some sessions will focus especially on the artworks’ iconographic and formal aspects, so that students can acquire and develop an analytical capacity of art in general, and of Spanish art in particular. Therefore, the class participation -and readings that will serve to go deeper into all these aspects- will be valued.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July: Session 3, B

In this course, students will work on pottery and/or ceramic sculpture projects. During the first portion of the course, emphasis will be on different clay hand-building techniques. The second portion, students will progress to a variety of surface decoration techniques and different methods of firing and coloring. Lecture content will provide students essential information about the nature of clay and glazes and the history of Mediterranean ceramics. Students will be introduced to local Tuscan artisan traditions and the work of contemporary ceramic artists during field learning activities.

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CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 4, B

This course is designed to take full advantage of the student’s unique experiences living and studying in the city of Florence. With on-site inspiration channeled into artistic creativity, students will draw on location at sites of historical significance and visual interest, ranging from architectural masterpieces, landscape vistas, and medieval streets to formal gardens, street markets, and Renaissance fountains. Slide lectures will document the rich history of how Florence and its environs have attracted and inspired visiting artists over the centuries. Students will develop individual sketchbooks with the aim of building up source material for future projects.

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CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 1, 3, A, B

This course introduces students to all aspects related to the operations and management of an art gallery and its exhibited content. Students will be involved in curating and promoting art shows and art-related events through community and on-campus exhibitions.

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CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 1, A

This foundation course will explore methods, techniques and various aspects of watercolour painting. The unique qualities of watercolour will be explored through direct observation exercises, demonstrations and individual projects. Watercolour techniques will be explored, including developing drawings to form strong compositions, capturing the effects of light, colour-mixing and washes. Students will develop their painting skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities to artistic expression in watercolour medium. The class format consists of studio work with lectures, examples, demonstrations, and individual as well as group critiques. Reading and homework assignments are coordinated with the studio work.

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CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 2, A

In this foundational open-air painting course, students will explore and familiarize with the pleasures and challenges of painting outdoors. The students will acquire skills in the techniques of Plein Air painting with oil pastels and develop critical skills to evaluate paintings executed in this style. This course will also provide students with an in-depth look at the various materials and products for outdoor painting using wet techniques. Students will be introduced to the history and tradition of this genre; the conceptual in landscape painting will be emphasized with a specific focus on the Italian impressionists also known as the Macchiaioli. Sessions will be held in studio and at different outdoor venues in and around Florence.

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CREDITS: 5 Units

Pre-requisite: Course 11A

Varied media and subjects to further develop students’ technical and expressive means to implement their ideas. May be repeated for maximum of 20 units.

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CREDITS: 4 US credits

Introduction to ceramic materials and processes, with emphasis on personal and cultural expression in ceramic media. Discussion of ceramics in contemporary artistic practice and social history of ceramic art. Letter grading.

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CREDITS: 4 US credits

For drawing, exploration of relationship between concept and image creation while fostering development of sound drawing and observation skills. For color, exploration of development of fundamental skills in mixing and applying pigments with brush on watercolor paper, as well as use of computer as tool for working with colors. Combination of painting and software to be predominant way of exploring and presenting ideas regarding color. Studio, six hours; outside study, six hours.

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