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Travel Study

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Art and Design Education in Florence, Italy

This trip will focus on art and cultural and historic landmarks, to understand how studying Renaissance artifacts may relate to American culture.  Students will visit schools in Milan, Reggio Emilia, and Florence to gain an awareness and  appreciation of how children and youth are taught in environments that are rich with historical architecture, design, and art.   They will have an opportunity to teach in an international school in Milan.

There will be tours, workshops and opportunities to vist Florence, Milan and Reggio Emilia with optional trips to Venice, Rome and Pisa.

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New York City Travel Study

The New York travel study course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to utilize the world-renowned New York museum collections and exhibitions in constructing curriculum and/or gain experience in museum education. By visiting three to five New York City museums, students will gain an understanding first hand the learning opportunities presented by art museums as well as design curricular materials related to the collections. Because of the diversity of collections, students will engage in viewing a variety of art genres and forms.These works of art are only familiar to many of the students through texts and are not normally available. Museum visit itineraries will vary from semester to semester, determined by both permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Museums that will be visited on all trips: Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other museum visits may include but are not restricted to: American Folk Art Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Chelsea Art Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Frick Collection, Guggenheim Museum, International Center for Photography, The Neue Galerie, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Experience the Arts and Culture of China

This 12-day travel-study during spring break aims to expand participants’ horizons and enrich their understanding of the dynamics of Chinese cultural landscape through examination of historical relics, exposure to cultural artifacts at heritage sites, and collaboration with local college students to develop in-situ research or plan for an art installation.

This course is open to all KSU students of any majors with junior standing and above and comprises three components:

  1. Two pretravel videoconferences to prepare participants and help them develop a mindset for interglobal collaboration, partnership, and intercultural communication;
  2. A 12-day travel-study component during spring break to expand participants’ horizons and enrich their understanding of the dynamics of Chinese cultural landscape through examination of historical relics, exposure to cultural artifacts at heritage sites, and collaboration with local college students to develop in-situ research or plan for an art installation;
  3. A post-travel exhibition to showcase how participants anchored meanings and embodied the complexity of their study-abroad experience through visual narratives and artistic representation and to demonstrate a contextualized understanding of Chinese art forms, cultural symbols, and architectural and communal spaces.

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