Learning Abroad Center

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

  • Talk with your advisers and faculty to discuss how a study abroad experience aligns with your personal, professional, and academic goals.
  • Observe how graphic designers in other countries view their discipline. Listen to other students' perspectives on their own study abroad experience to have a sense of the range of experiences.
  • There is no "best" time to study abroad. Be sure to discuss with your academic adviser your intended courses to structure your academic and career plans.

Academic Planning

Prospective Graphic Design Students

Make sure the graphic design courses you propose taking abroad meet UofM graphic design course requirements, as some may not. In your 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.

Your academic adviser will work with James Boyd Brent to help you obtain approval for study abroad courses once you are admitted to the graphic design program.

Fulfill Requirements

Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Form.

Liberal Education Requirements

Search the U Credit Abroad Search to select from more than 2,000 study abroad courses that have already been pre-approved for liberal education requirements. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.

Core Major Courses

Graphic Design Program

Students can take any major course abroad. Some courses have been pre-approved for equivalencies in your major. If coursework has not already been pre-approved, you may work with your academic adviser 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 the college (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 academic adviser in the study abroad academic planning process.

Internships

All internships must be approved by your academic adviser in order to use them to fulfill requirements. This should be done during the planning process prior to the study abroad experience.

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

The College of Design offers a variety of learning abroad opportunities.

While Abroad

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

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

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

  • Term: all 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

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (available through IFSA 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 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 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 James Boyd Brent will work with you before you leave to determine which GDes courses taken abroad will count for your GD program requirements

Summer in Denmark & Sweden

  • Term: summer
  • The Graphic Design Studio focuses on Graphic Design in the context of the built environment
  • When students apply for this program, they select all classes at the time of application. Your academic adviser and James Boyd Brent will work with you before you leave to determine which GDes courses taken abroad will count for your GD program requirements

Greece

Capturing Greece: Color, Light, & Form

  • May Term 2023, Athens & Greek Islands, Greece; open to all students
  • Immerse yourself in Greece’s unique cultural environment to expand your vision and creativity. Travel to Athens and Tinos to observe and experience water, stone, and structure in a fresh way
  • You will explore ancient architectural forms, uniquely evolved historic villages, and references to mythological and symbolic imagery
  • This program is led by Frances (Fancy) Trice is the Graphic Design Program Director in the College of Design, and is approved for the Arts & Humanities Liberal Education Core
  • Consult with your academic adviser to see if this program will meet major or minor degree requirements

Italy

Design in Sicily

  • The Design in Sicily is an 8-week program offered in Siracusa, Italy during Summer Session. A College of Design instructor accompanies the program and teaches a 3-credit studio course open to all students. Earn up to 9 credits as you make Sicily your classroom.  Consult with your academic adviser to see if this program will meet major or minor degree requirements
  • Engage in the design process with local and international designers through coursework, intensive design workshops, and an internship 
  • Create visual projects in response to your Italian experience, honing your own sensibilities as a designer in the rich visual culture of Italy
  • Engage with the theme of how meaning is created through both the still and the moving image, and you will engage in hands-on explorations through a variety of forms of visual representation including drawing from observation and imagination, illustration, photography, video, and collage

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 submit a portfolio and select the Graphic Design course; your academic adviser and 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 must submit a portfolio for the subject area they wish to study

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

Ulster University (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 (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

Additional Options to Consider

LAC 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.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester-long program.