Programs by Major: Art + Dialogue of Civilizations


China: Chinese Culture and Architecture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Shuishan Yu (sh.yu@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Quanzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.

 

The four-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first two and half weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. Weekend excursions can bring students to the nearby cities such as Tianjin and Chengde. During the last 10 days, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the significant Silk Road city Yinchuan in the culturally mixed Ningxia province in the Northwest, the port city and the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road Quanzhou in Fujian province in the Southeast, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.


Germany: Photography and Design in a German Cultural Context – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

*Please note this program is closed and no longer accepting applications*

Faculty Leader: Andrea Raynor (a.raynor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ARTE 2500: Documentary Photography OR ARTG 1250: Design Process, Context and Systems
  • ARTE 2501:German Cultural History

Description:

Spend the summer 2 term studying photography or design in Berlin, Germany. Students can choose either the Documentary Photography class or the Design Process,Context + Systems class. All students will be enrolled in the German Cultural History Class. All classes are open to the University. The Photography and Design classes can serve as electives to students outside of the Art + Design Department and fulfill major and minor requirements to students within the department. The German Cultural History credits will fulfill the university requirement of Comparative Study of Cultures.

Berlin was a nexus of 20th-century European culture, for better and for worse. Through Nationalism, Fascism-Nazism, Communism, and now Internationalism (the EU)—Berlin has been a symbol and often a victim of Europe’s idea of itself. In the 21st century, Berlin has become both the hope and the testing ground of what Europe will be in the next fifty years. We intend for this dialogue to expose our students—through the practice of photography and design—to the follies of the past and the promise of the future, while we train them in the discipline of developing a considered visual response to direct observation.


Italy: Photography and Art History of Rome and Venice

Dialogue of Civilizations | Venice, Italy

Faculty Leaders:  Andrea Greitzer (a.greitzer@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I Courses:

  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Architecture
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Art History

Every student will register for Photo Basics. Students may choose to take either Italian Culture Through Art History or Italian Culture Through Architecture.

Description: The Rome/Venice dialog is in its 10th year. Students become a part of the Italian ethos; they eat, shop, live, take classes, and do business in the cities on a daily basis. Student’s firsts travel to Rome and spend 1 week learning about the city as well as photography in it. Then, by train, we travel to Venice, there we spend 4 weeks studying the culture of this unique city and photographing in it.