Gain global experience and learn about design history visiting two contrasting European cities
Jewish Museum Berlin
Booking Flights to Europe
Dates and Deadlines
April 14, 2016 – Information Session, Art Building, Room 306 at 5 PM
May 8, 2015 - $100 Early bird discount on program fee
October 1, 2015 – Official program sign up deadline (unless course has filled)
October 15, 2015 – Design Abroad Scholarship Application Deadline
November 15, 2015 – Group Flight Deadline
Estimated Program Fee – $1500 per student . Recommended $600 in spending money. Flight (not included) $800–$1200.
Program Fee Discount – If you sign up by May 8th you will receive a $100 discount on your program fee. You must turn in your application and make your first (non-refundable) payment of $125.
Payment Plan – You have the option of joining the 12 month
payment plan, which will consist of 12 payments of $125.
Sign up by May 8, 2016 and receive a
$100 discount on the program fee!
For more information
CCI Study Abroad
Class Blog, 2013
Jillian Coorey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Prior to her time at Kent, she worked in Chicago as a designer for The McGraw-Hill Companies, several design firms and a local university. Jillian received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her BFA from SUNY Fredonia and studied in Basel, Switzerland at the Basel School of Design. As an educator, her research interests include concept and process development, creativity, design pedagogy and typography.
Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. She teaches interaction and motion design. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University's College of Design. As a researcher, her work focuses on the intersection of design and education, classroom participation, and tools that aid in understanding and comprehension. She is an avid traveler, having studied abroad in Brazil in 2002.
Our trip begins in Berlin, a city that is the birthplace for modern design and theory. Berlin was the home to the Bauhaus and many influential designers. Berlin houses a vast array of museums, landmarks and monuments that will provide students with not only subject matter and content, but also context, and inspiration. They will explore the many changes and transformations Berlin has endured over the last century, learning about World War II and the impact of the Cold War. Students will spend 6 days in Berlin before traveling to Prague, a city that is immensely different, but only a short train ride away.
Prague, often called the Paris of eastern Europe as it is one of the oldest cities on the continent. Prague’s medieval city center is virtually intact following the devastation of World War II. Between Prague’s impressive architectural landscape that boasts Baroque and Gothic influences in the Old Town Square, to the extensive museums that showcases many art nouvea influences, Prague allows students to go back in time and truly experience art and design history.
May 15th - Travel overnight to Berlin, Germany
May 16th - Check in to hostel, group dinner
May 17th - Group meeting, visit DDR Museum and Berliner Dom
May 18th - Tour the Bauhaus Archiv and the Museum of Letters
May 19th - Visit Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag Tour, lunch in small groups and visit Tiergarten
May 20th - Visit local designers, tour the Jewish Museum, followed by a group dinner
May 21st - Project work time, visit Charlottenburg Palace
May 22nd - Depart for Prague by train. Check into hostel, group dinner and free time
May 23rd - Visit Charles Bridge and Prague Castle and Lesser Town
May 24th - Visit Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter
May 25th - Visit Academy of the Arts and Loretta Monastery
May 26th - Project work time, Alfons Mucha Museum, group dinner
May 27th - Depart for Home
Design Abroad is a learning adventure offered by the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Students will travel to Berlin and Prague in May of 2016 to complete an exploration into design history, research, and on location investigation.
This experience is open open to juniors, seniors and graduate students in the School of Visual Communication Design, as well as design minors. Students will travel for 12 days and will complete a studio project, along with research and preparatory work.
Before and after the trip abroad, the class will meet every week on Fridays from 9 to 10 am. Prior to our departure students will complete a variety of reading assignments, activities and attend meetings to help prepare them. After returning to Kent, students will finish the studio project, due at the end of the semester.