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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Graphic Design Study Abroad: London/Amsterdam

Associate Professor of Graphic Design Paul Bruski & Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Maurice Meilleur will lead a three-week study tour of multiple European countries in Summer 2024. 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 visits to design studios, museums, and workshops, 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.

Students receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits; BFA students can use this to waive the internship requirement.

Students must register for ARTGR 495 section EN in Summer 2024.

Tentative 2024 Itinerary

Tentative 2024 Itinerary (Paul R Bruski & Maurice Meilleur )
May 13: Paul arrives to orient to city, neighborhood
May 14: Students arrive individually to London, check in at YHA London Central (104 Bolsover
Street, City of Westminster, London, W1W 5NU) by noon. London orientation walk/Tube ride
(group dinner). All transit in town via the Underground.
May 15: Begin work on London project; British Library tour
May 16: Design firm visits (see list at end)
May 17: Visit Reading School of Arts and Communication by train
May 18: Broadway Bookshop; St. Bride Foundation Letterpress workshop
May 19: Individual exploration & projects
May 20: The Design Museum/tour in AM, and DIY Art Market in PM
May 21: Work on London project
May 22: Tate Modern, tour; possible football club exhibition tour (Maurice arrives)
May 23: Paul departs, group travel to Amsterdam via train or plane, begin Amsterdam project
(group dinner TBD).
May 24: AM lettering presentation from Arno Verweij, PM city lettering safari.
May 25: AM day 1 color lettering workshop with Mark van Wageningen; PM Stedelijk Museum
May 26: AM day 2 color lettering workshop with Mark van Wageningen; PM Rijksmuseum
May 27: AM Het Schip museum visit, PM shopping/independently explore city
May 28: AM laundry/R&R; PM museum visit of group choice
May 29: AM & PM Amsterdam project worktime
May 30: AM travel to Den Haag/Typotheque studio visit; PM Kunstmuseum Den Haag visit
May 31: AM travel to Antwerpen, BE/Plantijn-Moretus Museum visit; PM guided lettering tour
of Antwerpen; group dinner
June 1: Check out of hostel, depart Amsterdam individually.
London: Studios such as Calvert's, Graphic Thought Facility, Universal Everything, NB Studio,
ilovedust, etc.


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

    -Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
    -One electronic recommendation submitted through ISUAbroad from an ISU faculty member (other than the program director) or ISU academic advisor (recommendations are not accepted from graduate students or teaching assistants)
    -Essay of around 500 words on your personal/academic/career goals for participating on the program

    In addition, participants may be asked to attend a short interview with the program director.

    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, museums visited as a group, and local transportation. Students will purchase their own airline tickets to and from Europe. 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 OnCall, 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 $1.62 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee.


Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2024 program is December 1, 2024. Students must commit to participate by 3:00 pm on February 1, 2024. 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 10, 2024. 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. 


Withdrawal Penalty

After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before February 10, 2024:


On or after February 10, 2024 and before March 1, 2024:  

50% of program fee

On or after March 1, 2024:

Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Graphic Design in Europe should be directed to program director Paul Bruski at



This program is currently not accepting applications.