Learning Abroad in Graphic Design

Learning Abroad in Graphic Design

 

“Students come back from studying abroad highly enriched by the wonderful new perspectives on culture and design that they have been exposed to—study abroad is a great educational opportunity for designers.”
—James Boyd-Brent, Graphic Design Faculty

 

 

Department Recommendations 

 

Prospective Graphic Design Students

  • Make sure the graphic design courses you propose taking abroad meet UofM graphic design course requirements, as some may not. Your academic adviser will work with the Graphic Design Program Director to help you obtain approval once you are admitted to the graphic design program.

Best Times to Go Abroad

  • Any time with careful planning
  • Sophomore year: remember that the Graphic Design Portfolio Review takes place about the fourth week of each semester, and is required in order to progress to upper-level design courses. Portfolio review assures that students have acquired an understanding of essential design knowledge and are prepared to move on to more advanced coursework
  • Any January, May, or Summer session

Fulfill Requirements

Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

Liberal Education

  • You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don't fulfill them on campus. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's U Credit Abroad Search to find courses that have already been evaluated or to submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

Core Major Courses

  • Students can take any major course abroad. The Graphic Design Program Director will be able to approve the courses prior to departure or evaluate them upon return, especially for studio courses, which will be evaluated on the basis of portfolio work shown. Meet with your academic adviser to learn how to obtain academic approval.
  • We recommend that no more than three of the Graphic Design professional sequence courses (Typography, GD Text and Image, GD Identity and Symbols, GD Packaging and Display, GD Integrative Campaign, Advanced Type, and Senior Seminar) be substituted with courses taken outside of DHA (either transfer or study abroad). Photography, history, art history, and business major related courses can be done abroad.
  • Note: There is some specific coursework in Packaging and Display and Integrative Campaign that may or may not be covered in a study abroad course, so it is important to confer with your Graphic Design Program Director in the study abroad academic planning process.

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

The College of Design offers a variety of instructor-led programs.

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

While Abroad

  • Contact your academic adviser about a permission number to register for your next Graphic Design sequence course(s).

Internships

  • All internships must be approved by your Graphic Design Program Director in order to use them to fulfill requirements. This should be done during the planning process prior to the study abroad experience.

Upon Return from Study Abroad

  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the study abroad return process and to go over re-entry resources to help you make your learning abroad experience a meaningful component of your academic and career pathway.

Programs

Americas

Argentina

Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte, Buenos Aires (available through CIEE and IES)

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may study visual arts, including painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving & print, ceramics, digital imaging, and scenography.
  • Note: Course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. Students should review the courses taken by US students in the past.
  • A minimum of six semesters of college-level Spanish required.

Chile

Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago and Valparaiso (available through CIEE, IES, and IFSA-Butler)

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may study art alongside local students at the host university.
  • Note: Course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. Students should review the courses taken by U.S. students in the past.
  • A minimum of six semesters of college-level Spanish required.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • This program is available through the Learning Abroad Center and is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students complete a 6-credit internship, which allows them to integrate with Australians, experience the local culture first-hand, and gain professional skills.
  • Students to focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.

Australian National University, Canberra (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • ANU is located in Australia's capital city, Canberra, equidistant from Melbourne and Sydney, and home of the national government, federal offices, and international embassies.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in the creative arts and society and culture.

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (available through Arcadia Australia)

  • It is offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in the School of Art: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
  • A portfolio is required.

University of Technology, Sydney (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in industrial design and visual communication.

South Korea 

University Study in South Korea: Korea University 

  • Offered fall semester, spring semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer session
  • No language prerequisite
  • Many courses can be counted as Graphic Design electives
  • Specific course equivalencies include: ARDE322: Design Methodology will meet the GDES 4361W requirement, ARDE264: Printmaking will meet the GDES 3312 requirement, and ARDE313: Design Human Factors will meet the GDES 2399W requirement

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark - Graphic Design Studio 

  • Offered each fall and spring semester.
  • The Graphic Design Studio focuses on Graphic Design in the context of the built environment. 
  • In addition to the Graphic Design Studio, worth 6 credits, choose three more elective courses. 

Italy

Accademia Italiana, Florence (available through Arcadia Italy)

  • It is offered each fall semester and spring semester.
  • Students may study studio art, fashion design, graphic design, interior and industrial design, and textile design.
  • No language prerequisite, but upper division coursework is taught in Italian.
Study & Intern in Florence
  • Offered fall and spring semester
  • Design focused courses include Bookmaking, Photography, and Drawing. Other courses of interest are Art History, Retail Merchandising, Entrepreneurship, etc.
  • Internships are available in a variety of fields
  • Earn major credit by taking the interdisciplinary Italian Design Studio (3 credits) taught by a UofM faculty member
  • Other courses include: Made in Italy: Design & Marketing of an Ideal, Sustainable Food Systems of Italy, or Sport & Society in Modern Italy
  • 3-credit internships are available in a variety of fields

Netherlands

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (available through IES)

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester.
  • The school stresses independence and creativity through a highly individualized curriculum and instruction.
  • Students are expected to be self-reliant and extremely motivated.
  • Students are not given assignments or syllabi, but receive individual coaching from the Academie tutors.
  • The program is highly competitive.
  • No language prerequisite.

United Kingdom, England

Study & Intern in London

  • It is offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students may take coursework plus a for-credit internship.
  • Past placements include AdVision, British Tourist Authority, Cartoon Art Trust, Global Healthcare Communications, London Property Brochures, Simply Games, Wine & Spirit Association, and Tugboat Graphics.

Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London (available through IFSA-Butler)

  • It is offered each spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are expected to be mature and independent.
  • Students must submit a portfolio for the subject area they wish to study.

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (available through IFSA-Butler)

  • It is offered each spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are expected to be mature and independent.
  • Students must submit a portfolio for the subject area they wish to study.

University Study in the UK: University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • It is offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in the Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, and Animation faculty.

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

University of Ulster (available through IFSA-Butler United Kingdom

  • It is offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in the Art, Design, and the Built Environment faculty.

United Kingdom, Scotland

Glasgow School of Art (available through Arcadia Scotland and IFSA-Butler)

  • It is offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in graphic design, illustration, and photography.
  • This is a competitive program.

University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

  • Students who attend the University of Glasgow can take 1 full course (or 2 half-courses) at the Glasgow School of Art
  • Glasgow School of Art does not have a design program, however students can fulfill graphic design electives and course requirements in film and media, journalism, and computer science
  • University of Glasgow offers courses with Scottish cultural themes including literature, celtic studies, history and archeology

Additional Options to Consider

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and International UROP

  • UROP offers financial awards twice yearly to full time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member.
  • It encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special research projects.

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.  

Student Experiences

Tessa R. Studies Graphic Design in Florence, Italy
Tessa spent a semester studying graphic design and marketing on Arcadia's Florence program. She learned a valuable lesson: life is what you make it!

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.