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Travel Courses

For over 20 years, MassArt faculty members have offered international travel courses across disciplines and to destinations all over the globe. The International Education Center supports both faculty and students in these courses, from conception to the flight home. By participating in a travel course, you'll join a group of globally inspired artists and designers led by MassArt faculty experts on a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Travel Courses

  • Travel courses are three-credit elective courses open to all majors, including first year students
  • Tuition for the 3 credits is included in full-time, undergraduate tuition
  • Graduate students, part-time students, and others will pay for the tuition by credit, and can inquire about tuition costs by emailing international@massart.edu
  • In addition to tuition costs, each course has a program fee that covers the costs of travel, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities
  • Financial Aid awards and/or loans may be applied
  • A limited number of partial, travel course scholarships are available for international travel courses. They are need-based and awarded based on students' FAFSA scores. The scholarship application and complete eligibility requirements can be found in the Travel Course online application
  • In addition to the travel component, course meetings are held throughout the semester
  • If you are considering study abroad, it is critical to get a passport immediately. Visit the U.S. Department of State for instructions
  • Visit Studio Abroad for more information and to complete the online application

FALL SEMESTER 2019 TRAVEL COURSES

  • CUBA 2020: ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION

    Recent Studio Conversations with Artists and Cultural Image Makers in Havana, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba, 2016 - 2019: This interdisciplinary studio course includes artist interviews, studio presentations and hands-on demonstrations that provide an introduction to Cuban art, culture and the Island’s natural environment.

    Destination: Cuba
    Travel Dates: January 2 - 17, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Sharon Dunn • sdunn@massart.edu
    Department: Graduate Programs (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $4,000 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities)

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  • LAOS: A JOURNEY INTO CULTURE AND CRAFT THROUGH A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

    Experience the mystical country of Laos through an integrative collaboration with the social enterprise, Ma Té Sai, as we travel to some of the northern villages and work with artisans on a collaborative project. The course will explore the culture of Laos, through the people, the food and the varied landscape from the Mekong River to the Buddhist temples. Students will participate in a variety of workshops on traditional handwork and explore the unique atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage City, Luang Prabang.

    Destination: Laos
    Travel Dates: January 3 - 17, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Jennifer Varekamp • jvarekamp@massart.edu
    Department: Fashion Design (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $4,000 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities)

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SPRING SEMESTER 2020 TRAVEL COURSEs

  • RACE, SCHOOLING, RESISTANCE & SOVEREIGNTY:
    A CHARLESTON TRAVEL COURSE

    This course provides an in-depth, site-based investigation of the living legacies of slavery and African-American resistance through cultural survival (primarily Gullah-Geechee traditions), education and land sovereignty. Students will access archival resources both in Boston and Charleston, South Carolina, to uncover artifacts and testimony to inform their research regarding institutionalized racism and cultural resistance.

    Destination: Charleston, SC, USA
    Travel Dates: March 1-8, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Beth Balliro and Chandra Ortiz • bballiro@massart.edu / cdortiz@massart.edu
    Department: Art Education, (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $1,800 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities)
    Applications for spring travel courses will be live in summer 2019.
     

  • BOSTON TO BEIJING: CHINA THROUGH THE FIVE SENSES

    Led by studio foundation and Chinese history professors, this travel course helps students explore Chinese arts and culture in two unrivaled places: Beijing, the capital of China with both rich tradition and dazzling modernity; Dunhuang, the “Crown Jewel” of China with 492 cave temples, dating as far back as the 4th Century and containing ancient wall paintings and sculpture perfectly preserved by the dry climate of the desert.

    Destination: China
    Travel Dates: May 24 - June 9, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Marc Holland and Lisong Liu • marc.holland@massart.edu / lliu@massart.edu
    Department: Studio FoundationLiberal Arts (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $4,200 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities)
    Applications for spring travel courses will be live in summer 2019.
     

  • CZECH REPUBLIC: A TOUR OF BOHEMIA: THE ORIGINS OF EXCELLENCE

    For two weeks, MassArt students will be immersed in the history and traditions of art, architecture and especially glass making in the area of the Czech Republic known as Bohemia, an area which includes the capital city of Prague. They will witness specific studio techniques that are unique to the traditions of Bohemian glass masters, many of which haven’t found their way into western studio practices. They will return with a new understanding of how political and cultural forces shape the residents of a country, and how that appears in the work of that country’s artists.

    Destination: Czech Republic
    Travel Dates: May 23 - June 7, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Christopher Watts • cwatts@massart.edu
    Department: Glass (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $3,800 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities)
    Applications for spring travel courses will be live in summer 2019.
     

  • ITALY: FERRARIS TO FOOTWEAR

    See Italy from a design perspective - footwear, automotive and fashion. Italy 2020 promises to enhance each student’s creative process using the artistic culture of Northern Italy as our “Muse”. Through lectures and coursework, insights to Italy’s cultivated design lens of footwear design foundation and historical automobile carrozzieri (coachbuilders), the semester will then culminate into a three-week travel program to Italy: Turin, Bologna, Florence, and San Miniato. Students will learn design and manufacturing processes of luxury automotive, fashion and footwear professionals to inspire, incorporate and discover methods for designing; translatable into any discipline.

    Destination: Italy
    Travel Dates: June 3 - 19, 2020 (Tentative)
    Faculty: Sondra Grace and Kathleen Grevers • sgrace@massart.edu
    Department: Fashion Design (open to all majors)
    Credits: 3-Credits, Studio Elective
    Course Fee: $4,700 (includes flights, lodging, and all required on-site course-related activities, and all meals for the final week of the trip)
    Applications for spring travel courses will be live in summer 2019.
     


Resources for students from underrepresented backgrounds

  • Diversity Abroad: A clearinghouse for information about underrepresented students abroad
  • Identities Abroad: A Colleges of the Fenway guide for students who are part of the LGBTQ community
  • Mobility International: A disability-led non-profit organization working to advance the rights of people with disabilities globally

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