Gain global experience and learn about design history visiting two contrasting European cities
Jewish Museum Berlin
Booking Flights to Europe
Dates and Deadlines
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April 14, 2015 – Information Session, Art Building, Room 306 at 5 PM May 8, 2015 - $100 Early bird discount on program fee October 15, 2015 – Enrollment and Scholarship Application Deadline, with $125 application fee. November 13, 2016 - Group Flight Application Due December 14, 2016 - Group Flight Payment due in Full January 19, 2016 - Class begins, Monday (online only) and Wednesday,  7:45 am to 10:30). Sign up for VCD 40052 with Professor Rinnert. March 15, 2016 - $375 due (final program payment)
Enrollment Application
Estimated Program Fee
 – $1500 per student
. Recommended Spending Money – $500 to $600.
Flight (not included) $800–$1500.  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. 12 Month Payment Plan – An optional payment plan. Speak with Professor Rinnert for details. Traditional Payment Plan:October 15, 2015 - $125 deposit November 15, 2015 - $500 due January 20, 2015 - $500 due March 15, 2016 - $375 due
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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 aesthetic and theory, 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, inspiration and reflection on the birthplace of modern design. They will explore the many changes and transformations Berlin has endured over the last century. Students will spend 6 days in Berlin before traveling to Prague, a city that is immensely different, but only a short 175 miles away. Prague is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is an amazing site, as the medieval city center is virtually intact following World War II. 
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
Program Website, 2013
The group flight deadline is November 13th!
Museum of Letters
Bauhaus Archiv
Alfons Mucha Museum
Holocaust Memorial
The Reichstag
Group Flight Application
Loretta Monastery
DesignAbroad Photo Slideshow from grinnert on Vimeo.
Photo Gallery, 2013
Prague Castle
DDR Museum
© 2015-2016, Jillian Coorey & Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert. All Rights Reserved. All Photography by 3 Sight Photography, Bryan Rinnert, for licensing information
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.
Design Abroad 2016  
Museum of Letters
Photo Gallery, 2013
CCI Study Abroad