Discover the connections between design and culture in the United Kingdom.
|Location||London and Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
London is a diverse, colorful, captivating artistic and intellectual power. It is both Medieval and cutting-edge, simultaneously Victorian and modern. In London, discover how charming gardens and world-renowned museums make up just part of its brilliance.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a modern city that—like London—effortlessly bridges the historical and the present day. In Edinburgh, experience how the design of sites like the Medieval Old Town and the neoclassical New Town has contributed to the cultures of the United Kingdom throughout history.
The aim of the course is to present design as an important aspect of our culture—how and why things are made, planned, organized, and positioned in our world is important. Ultimately, the goal is to observe the world around us and realize that this is at the heart of the design process.
We will focus on how expressions of design activity have become a measure of culture and a lens through which culture is evaluated in our contemporary world. We will view design and the study of design in a deliberately broad way—as a key ingredient in the way a culture expresses itself to itself and to others. To examine cultural differences, we will study design in Minnesota as well as design in Scotland and England.
We will also study how design expressions (graphic design, interior design, architecture, etc.) have helped communicate contemporary Britain and shape its cultures over time. The coursework and site visits will 1) demonstrate how design and the formation of cultural/cultural identity are connected 2) emphasize today's need for social responsibility and ethical understanding in design.
You will live in shared rooms with fellow program participants. Breakfast and welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. We will take additional meals in the housing or at local restaurants/pubs.
While in England and Scotland, our surroundings will become our classroom as we explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. Excursions in London and Edinburgh may include:
This seminar is taught by James Boyd Brent, a professor of Graphic Design in the College of Design. He has taught freshman courses for more than ten years, including Freshman Seminars to the United Kingdom in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020, as well as Freshman Seminars to Istanbul in 2015 and 2016. He is a practicing printmaker, exhibiting widely, and a recipient of the McFarland Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Design.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||1400-level course|
One 3-credit course
Combine on-campus class during the spring semester with study abroad during spring break. On-campus Spring Semester 2021 course meets: Wednesdays from 9:30–11:30 a.m. on St. Paul campus. Abroad term: Spring Break 2021
Coursework will include five short response papers, a semester journal, and a term paper/research project, as well as a final presentation of this design-related research project. In the UK, students will keep a written and visual journal and start work on their term papers, then present them back in class after spring break.
No previous design experience is required.
Receive credit for: DES 1406W
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives and Writing Intensive
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Break 2021||April 2 - 11, 2021||Dec 1, 2020|
Important Note: This program departs on Friday, April 2. If you have any classes on that date, you may need to miss them in order to travel.
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m., on St. Paul campus
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Spring Break 2021||TBD||TBD|
The program fee includes airfare, housing, program administration, welcome and farewell meals, most additional meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, airport transfers, and in-country transportation for all course related activities. Typically, program fees for this program range between $4,500–$5,000. Students must also budget for passport and passport photos, a few meals, spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Spring Break 2021|
|Program Name||Freshman Seminar Abroad: Blending Design & Culture in the United Kingdom|
|Track Name||Blending Design & Culture in the United Kingdom|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process.
You will also need to register for the on-campus course DES 1406W.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.