Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Alex Braidwood & Associate Professor of Graphic Design Paul Bruski will lead a three-week study tour of multiple European countries in Summer 2018. While this seminar course is primarily a study of graphic design, it is also a study of visual culture, as observed in the art, architecture and design of each city and site. Through a range of design studio visits and museums, students will be exposed to the variations in philosophy and methods of European design firms. In addition to the office visits, students will study art and design in museums and historical site and conduct site-specific design research as well as observation and documentation of visual culture in a range of public spaces.
Tentative 2018 Itinerary
Students receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits; BFA students can use this to waive the internship requirement.
Students must register for ARTGR 495 section IT in Summer 2018.
June 11 Arrive Berlin, either Tegel or Schonefeld airport
3 Country Eurail Pass
Germany, Czech Republic, Benelux
Visit studios such as NAND, Quadrature, Onformative, Public Art Lab, Designer Studio R, Lacuna Lab, etc. Visit sites such as Tempelhoferfeld, Berlin Wall, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Can You Read Me?!, Letters are my Friends, etc
Begin work on Berlin project
Dessau by Eurail
Visit Bauhaus Museum and Masters Houses
Return to Berlin the same day
Prague by Eurail
Visit locations such as (TBD) The Meet Factory, The Communist Museum, DOX Art Center, Kafka Museum, Prístav 18600, etc
Return to Berlin to continue work on Berlin project
The Hague by Eurail
Visit studios such as LUST and museums such as GEM, Gemeente Museum, Etc
Return to Berlin to continue and finalize work on Berlin project
Depart Berlin, either Tegel or Schönefeld Airport
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
At least 18 years of age
Accepted into departmental program of study
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in Graphic Design in Europe. The program fee will cover the following items: lodging, breakfast at hostels, trains, and local transportation. It does not cover museum entrance fees, and students will purchase their own airline tickets. However, students should not purchase airline tickets until the final itinerary with confirmed dates and arrival and departure cities is announced.
Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in Europe and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.
Budget information for this program is available by clicking here.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information
The application deadline for the 2018 program is January 31, 2018. Students must commit to participate by 3:00 pm on January 31, 2018. Those students who commit to their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the penalties outlined below only if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on May 20, 2018. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf.
After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before February 12, 2018:
On or after February 12, 2018 and before March 11, 2018:
50% of program fee
On or after March 11, 2018:
Full program fee
Contact and Additional Information
Questions about Graphic Design in Europe should be directed to program director Paul Bruski or Alex Braidwood.