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 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 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

Argentina

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

  • Term:  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.
  • 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 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.
  • Course Equivalencies
    • SDNY 3006 Learning through Internships: can count for Graphic Design Internship requirement (GDes4193)
    • SDNY 3003 Australian Cinema: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 4131 History of Graphic Design (Note: the Writing Intensive designation of GDes is not covered by this class)
    • SDNY 3002 Art Down Under: Graphic Design Elective or GDes 4131 History of Graphic Design (Note: the Writing Intensive designation of GDes is not covered by this class)

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.

South Korea 

University Study in South Korea: Korea University 

  • Term:  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
    • ARDE313: Design Human Factors will meet the GDES 2399W requirement

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. 
  • In addition to the Graphic Design Studio, worth 6 credits, choose three more elective courses.
  • 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.
    • 3207 Exploring Copenhagen: Mapmaking as Art: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • 3208 Graphic Design Studio: can count for Graphic Design Elective, GDes 3352, GDes 4345 Advanced Type (select two because DIS Graphic Studio is a six-credit class)
    • 3750 Photojournalism: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • 3870 Danish Design: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 4131 History of Graphic Design (Note: the Writing Intensive designation of GDes is not covered by this class)
  • Other courses offered at DIS
    • Textile Design in Scandinavia Workshop: can count for GDes 3312 or Graphic Design Elective
    • Ways of Seeing, Storytelling through Photography: can count for GDes 2361 or Graphic Design Elective
    • Visual Journal: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • Furniture Design Workshop: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • Innovation through Design Thinking: can count for Graphic Design Elective or Business Core
    • Watercolor Painting: can count for Graphic Design Elective

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.
    • GD331 Graphic Design II:  can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • GD431 Graphic Design III:  can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • GD 241 Design and the Illustrated Image II:  Graphic Design Elective
    • ACCF GDPK 390 Packaging Design: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 3353
    • ITLN 101: this introductory Italian language class is required but does not count for any GD courses
    • GDCI 390 Design and the Coordinated Image: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 3352
    • SAPF 310 Photographing Florence: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 2361
    • SASF 110 Sketching Florence I: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • AHMM History of the Italian Renaissance: can count for Graphic Design Elective or GDes 4131 (History of Graphic Design): (Note: the Writing Intensive designation of GDes is not covered by this class).
    • SAPT 101 Painting Techniques 1: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • TDTP 190 Textile Printing I: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • 360 Italian Style: can count for Graphic Design Elective

 

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

Study & Intern in Rome

  • Term: Summer:  six- or eight- week summer program
  • Students participating on the Design Standard Track enroll in a 3-credit interdisciplinary Italian Design Studio and one other 3-credit Area Studies Course. This track is 6 weeks long.
  • Students participating on the Design Internship Track will take the 3-credit Italian Design Studio, plus the 3-credit Internships in Rome course. This track is 8 weeks long.
  • An optional 1-credit Survival Italian course is available for all students.
  • Course equivalencies:
    • DES 3151 Italian Design Studio: Blending Tradition and Innovation: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • Rome 3013 Internships in Rome: can count for GD Internship requirement or Graphic Design Elective
    • Rome 3004 Made in Italy The Design and Marketing of an Idea: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • Rome 3008 Sustainable foods of Italy: can count for Graphic Design Elective
    • Rome 3014 Sports and Society on Modern Italy: can count for Graphic Design Elective

Netherlands

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (available through IES)

  • Term:  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

Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

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

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

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

University of Ulster (available through IFSA United Kingdom

United Kingdom, Scotland

Glasgow School of Art (available through Arcadia Scotland and IFSA United Kingdom)

University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

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.