group of U of M Students in front of a windmill in Spain

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 James Boyd Brent, GD learning abroad adviser 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.  The equivalencies listed below are for prospective learning abroad students in the Graphic Design Program. There may also be additional equivalencies than those listed. Be sure to check with your academic adviser and James Boyd Brent, GD learning abroad adviser for more information.   

    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 Department of Graphic Design has started using the U Credit Abroad Search to store major/minor requirements, and you may search for equivalencies approved for your requirements. If coursework has not already been pre-approved, the GD learning abroad adviser 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

    Chile

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

    • Term:  fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year
    • Students may study art alongside local students at the host university.
    • 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.
    • Minimum of six semesters of college-level Spanish required

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Term:  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 Australia)

    • Term:  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)

    • Term: 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 Australia)

    • Term: 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

    Europe

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark - Graphic Design Studio Semester Program

    • Term: Fall and spring semester
    • The Graphic Design Studio focuses on Graphic Design in the context of the built environment. 
    • Students apply for this program and select classes before they arrive at DIS. Your academic adviser and GD learning abroad adviser (James Boyd Brent) will work with you before you leave to determine which GDes courses taken abroad will count for your GD program requirements.

    Italy

    Accademia Italiana, Florence (available through Arcadia Italy)

    • Term: 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
    • Students apply for this program and select courses before they arrive in Florence. Your academic adviser and GD learning abroad adviser (James Boyd Brent) will work with you before you leave to determine which of your GDes courses these classes will count for in your GD program.
    Study & Intern in Florence

    • Term: 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

    United Kingdom, England

    Study & Intern in London

    • Term:  Fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer
    • Students may take coursework plus a for-credit internship to fulfill the GD Internship requirement in a learning abroad context.
    • 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 United Kingdom)

    • Term:  Spring semester and academic year
    • Students are expected to be mature and independent.
    • Students submit a portfolio and select the Graphic Design course; your academic adviser and GD learning abroad adviser (James Boyd Brent) will work with you before you leave to determine which of your GDes courses this course will count for. 

    London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

    • Term: 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

    • Term: 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.
    • Students submit a portfolio and select the Graphic Design course. Once admitted students are allocated individual classes within this overarching course. your academic adviser and GD learning abroad adviser (James Boyd Brent) will work with you before you leave to determine which of your GDes courses this course will count for.

    United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

    University of Ulster (available through IFSA United Kingdom

    • Term: 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 United Kingdom)

    • Term: 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

    Student Experiences

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