Study Abroad Programs

Travel/study abroad programs provide students with unique opportunities to broaden their world-view, immerse themselves in another culture or environment and positively influence their work as designers and artists.

MIAD offers short-term, faculty-led travel programs for students during the summer months and over Spring Break. Past programs have included Italy, Ireland, China, Thailand, Paris and the Desert Southwest. Programs currently range in length from 9 days to 4 weeks for 3 to 6 credits. Financial Aid is often available as well as a select number of need-based grants. Most programs are open to students at all levels in all majors.

Dino Dig 2018

Florence 2018

In 2017-18, MIAD is offering two different opportunities for students:

FLORENCE, ITALY, May/June 2018

PURGATORY: FLORENCE, ITALY BETWEEN THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERIODS

May/ June 2018
4-weeks on-site in Florence (mid May- mid June) with scheduled pre- and post trip class meetings at MIAD

  • 6 credits
  • FA396: Fine Arts Studio Travel Elective OR DS396: Design Studio Travel Elective PLUS HS396 Humanities Travel Elective OR AH396 Art History Travel Elective
  • Pre-requisites: Completed Freshman year by time of travel and instructor approval

FLORENCE INFORMATION MEETING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER19th, 11:15AM
In his famed “Divine Comedy”, the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri describes Purgatory as a mountain wherein the redeemed must atone for their sins to transition into the glories of Heaven.  Similarly, Florence Italy in the late Medieval Period during the 13th and 14th centuries, was laboring in its own transition towards the classical rebirth identified by the Renaissance. This period of development was fraught with bloody conflict, devastating plague, brutal assassinations and political turmoil.  Yet, out of this purgatory rose a city versed in the glories of faith and patriotism, striving to attain the artistic and cultural mantle of the Renaissance.

This course willoffer a compelling view of Florence during this period, focusing on the transitional ideals of Florence as it emerges from the Medieval period and moves forward to become the cultural center of the Italian Renaissance.  Through a study of public sculpture, painting and architecture produced by the likes of Brunnelleschi, Giotto, Donatello and Ghiberti along with reading of contemporary biography, poetry, political treatises and historical accounts generated by such writers as Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli and Vasari, students will see Florence through the eyes of those who defined the era. Emphasis will be placed on how events and works of art and architecture were strategically used to influence the citizens of Florence by powerful individuals, ruling families and dominant organizations, and how these messages and their meanings became altered and reinterpreted over subsequent generations.

In addition to exploring original works in Florence museums, students will spend much of their time in the public piazzas, palazzos and churches…public spaces that defined the world inhabited by the Florentines of this period. Trips to nearby Siena and Pisa will provide a contextual understanding of neighboring influential forces that contributed to the development and growth of Florence during this time.

While in Florence, students will also be challenged to recognize how contemporary messages are incorporated into the city through advertising, fashion, graphics, and other design and creative art-making. Student’s on-site research will be expanded by discussions, journaling, sketching, photography and other means. Students will produce a research paper as well as a final studio project based upon the strengths of the student’s major. Projects will be completed upon return to MIAD and an exhibition of student work will be installed prior to the start of the fall semester.

FACULTY:
Phil Belair is Professor of Communication Design at MIAD. Prior to teaching, he spent over 20 years working in-house as a creative director and brand identity director for some of Milwaukee's best-known businesses. Phil is also a landscape painter and has exhibited works in the juried Wisconsin Artists Biennial and the Hidden River Festival of the Arts. He was the studio faculty in MIAD’s 2012 and 2015 Florence program.

Michael Aschenbrenner is an art historian and Adjunct Associate Professor who has taught at MIAD since 2006. He also teaches art history classes at Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While his major focus is American landscape and genre painters (many of whom drew personal inspiration from the Tuscany region and Rome), Michael has also taught upper-level courses at MIAD on Northern Renaissance and High Renaissance art. This will be Michael’s 4th time teaching in the Florence program.

Estimated Travel/ Course Fee:  $4495
Includes 6 credits MIAD summer tuition, housing, field trips and museum admissions, travel health/safety insurance during program dates, and several group meals.

Students are responsible for necessary passports or visas. Airfare is NOT included. Roundtrip airfare is estimated at $1200 and will need to be purchased sometime in March. Students typically stay in a large group apartment in the city center with WIFI, kitchen facilities and communal space.

Regular Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017. 
Interested students must apply for the program and complete an application packet (download from MIAD website or available outside of office 450B). Space is limited. Completed application forms must include a deposit of $600 payable to MIAD Florence Program, a statement of interest, 2 letters of support from MIAD faculty/staff and financial aid form (whether requesting aid or not).

Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Minimum enrollment (12) must be met for program to run.

Study Abroad Grant Application Deadline: November 17, 2017*
*Students interested in being considered for this year’s Study Abroad Need-Based Grants must submit their complete application package by November 17, 2017.

Application materials must be submitted to Jenny Krantz, Director, Creative Learning Opportunities (450B) by designated deadline.

After a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed, and signed commitment letter is received, the deposit is non-refundable.
Deposits will be returned if program is canceled for insufficient enrollment or if student is not accepted.


Financial Aid:
Financial aid is available for qualified students. Interested students should inquire at the MIAD Financial Aid office ASAP to determine individual eligibility. Students should be aware that financial aid cannot be distributed any earlier than 5-7 days before the start of the summer term, so students should plan other means to cover earlier required payments and purchases.

*MIAD Need-Based Study Abroad Grants:
Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, no business office holds, be in good academic standing and a current full-time MIAD student to apply. Grant awards of $500-$750 will be based on a combination of factors including need, quality of written statement of intent, with consideration of student’s cumulative GPA. If a student is awarded a MIAD need-based study abroad grant, this award will be credited to course/travel fee owed AFTER deposit. Awards are contingent upon the program receiving enough applications to run. Students must return signed acceptance/commitment letter for the program and grant award.

Payment Schedule:
Payments on balance of course fee and tuition* will be due in the MIAD Student Accounts Office. Sample payment schedule based on estimated tuition/course fee noted:
December 1, 2017 (November 17, 2017 for grant consideration) - $600 Deposit must accompany application (non-refundable after commitment letter signed)
January 30, 2018 - $350
March 20, 2018 - $350
May 1, 2018 - $3195 FINAL PAYMENT**

Full payment is REQUIRED before program begins.
- Payments beyond initial deposit may also be non-refundable if expenses have already been paid on participant’s behalf.
** Students who are expecting financial aid for summer semester can elect to have this applied to their final payment.

Questions?     
Jenny Krantz, Director, Creative Learning Opportunities & Research - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office – 450B

Dinosaur Dig! July / Aug 2018

DINOSAUR DIG!: HELL CREEK FORMATION, SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA  

July/August 2018
2 weeks in Southeastern Montana plus 1 week of scheduled classes before AND after the trip.

  • 3 Credits
  • HS396 Humanities Travel Elective Credits (3 credits total) OR FA396 Fine Arts Studio Travel Elective (3 credits) OR DS396 Design Studio Travel Elective (3 credits)
  • Pre-requisites: Completed Freshman year by time of travel and successful interview with instructor.

DINOSAUR DIG INFORMATION MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 27th, 11:15AM

The Hell Creek Formation, located in a remote area of Southeastern Montana, is one of the most fruitful locations on earth for the discovery of dinosaur bones. Students enrolled in this unique course will find themselves excavating fossils alongside the Carthage Institute of Paleontology from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Using locations that we find ourselves, as well as a backlog of sites that have already been located, students will engage in the prospecting, excavation, and preparation of dinosaur bones. At the forefront of this experience is an understanding of scientific and artistic practices, and their relationship to understanding the natural history of the Earth.

In preparation for the expedition, students will visit the Dinosaur Discovery Museum and attend safety and training courses at the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in Kenosha. Students will also engage with readings related to seeing, along with learning strategies and principles of drawing in the field. Using the sketchbook as a research tool on site, students will document, interpret, design, and create through drawing and writing. These sketchbooks will then be used to synthesize the student experience into final projects. Students electing to take the course for Humanities credit will produce a final written paper, while those taking studio credit will produce a visual project related to their major or media of expertise.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define vocabulary and terminology of vertebrate paleontology, record observations, sites, objects and experiences from the field, identify and distinguish fossils, as well as translate scientific experience into art and design work. Student will also be able to reach conclusions about their experience following fieldwork and debate and compare the merits of both science and art.

Students and MIAD faculty will drive to Montana together in a 15-passenger van from Milwaukee, staying over in South Dakota on the way. This is a true American road trip! Participants should enjoy traveling in close quarters. Students will stay in tents. An adjacent facility will provide meal and shower facilities, as well as respite during inclement weather. Students will be hiking to the dig site daily and need to be in good physical condition. Course is strictly limited to 7 students.

 FACULTY:
Matthew Lee is a MIAD Adjunct Instructor who has taught courses in Foundations, Illustration, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture & Design. He has an MFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Matthew has extensive experience in the field of science support and is a veteran of the United States Antarctic Program where he served for nearly three years. This included a 13-month stay at the geographic South Pole for Antarctic winter where he learned field medicine and taught watercolor classes to scientists and support personnel. Matthew has also worked with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology excavating dinosaur bones on three separate occasions.

Estimated Travel/ Course Fee:  $1995
Includes 3 credits MIAD summer tuition, housing, transportation, field trips, and most meals. Students will be primarily living in tents while on-site, though they will have access to a communal lodge space with showers and cooking facilities.

THIS IS A PHYSICALLY RIGOROUS COURSE.   Students will need to be able to hike substantial distances and be both willing and physically able to embrace living and working outside under a variety of weather and environmental conditions. Access to the internet and digital technologies is extremely limited at the site.

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2018. 
Interested students must apply for the program and complete an application packet (download from MIAD website or available outside of office 450B). Space is limited. Only 7 students will be enrolled. Students will be considered based on application materials and interview. Completed application forms MUST include a statement of interest, and 1 letter of support. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Students must demonstrate proof of health insurance.

Application materials must be submitted to Jenny Krantz, Director, Creative Learning Opportunities (450B) by designated deadline.

Interviews with applicants will be arranged shortly after the deadline. Chosen applicants MUST provide a $200 course fee deposit upon acceptance along with a signed commitment letter.After a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed and signed commitment letter is received, the $200 deposit is non-refundable.

Minimum enrollment (7 students) MUST be met for program to run.
Financial Aid:
Financial aid is not available UNLESS students are enrolled in another 3-credit class for the summer 2018 term (for a minimum of 6 summer credits with this travel course). Interested students should inquire at the MIAD Financial Aid office ASAP to determine individual eligibility. Financial aid may not be available until the start of the second half of the summer term, so students should plan other means to cover earlier required payments.
MIAD Need-Based Study Abroad grants are not available for domestic travel programs.

Payment Schedule:
Payments on balance of course fee and tuition will be due in the MIAD Student Accounts Office.
$200 Deposit – Accepted students must include non-refundable dep. with signed commitment letter.              $1795 FINAL PAYMENT DUE– June 25, 2018

Full payment is REQUIRED before the program begins.

Questions?     
Jenny Krantz, Director, Creative Learning Opportunities & Research - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office – 450B

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