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Study Abroad/Travel Programs

Study abroad/travel 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 as well as travel exploring the Desert Southwest and digging for dinosaurs in Montana. 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.  

MIAD Study Abroad

 In 2018-189, MIAD is offering the following opportunities for students:

Glasgow, Scotland May/ June 2019


May/June 2018
3 weeks on-site in Scotland (mid-May to early 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
  • Pre-requisites: Completed WRTG120 by time of travel and instructor approval

Glasgow is a city that has frequently been described as Scotland’s most vibrant and culturally rich city. How did that develop? What characteristics, situations and opportunities allow a city with a multi-faceted history of industrialism, and the concomitant economic and racial disparities, to also exist and grow as an intellectual and cultural center? How do artist and designers impact a city’s growth?

An urban center with ancient roots planted within the largely rural landscape of Scotland, Glasgow is a former industrial powerhouse that went through a painful process of de-industrialization in the 1970’s. From these difficult challenges, artists, designers, writers and musicians were able to create a thriving culture. Through this course, students will investigate the relationship between creative work and the historical, social, and cultural dynamics of Glasgow.

In addition to Glasgow’s social and industrial history, the course will examine the art and design of the Glasgow School, in particular, the artistic/design achievements of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret MacDonald, Frances MacDonald, and Herbert MacNair (known together as “The Four”). Their work in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries left a lasting impact on their city and beyond. With this as a starting point, emphasis will be placed on recent developments, the post-industrial economic and cultural challenges, and opportunities that fostered the emergence of Glasgow as a thriving and globally-recognized creative center. Students will be challenged to consider how artists/ designers make work that is uniquely expressive of their time and place, and how artists and designers, in turn, make the place.

Students’ on-site research and exploration will be expanded by discussions with faculty and guest artists, readings, journaling, sketching, photography and other means. Students will also spend time in the Scottish Highlands as well as Edinburgh. By the end of the program, students will produce a written inquiry-based reflection and a studio project translating and integrating their experience of this place. Projects will be completed upon return to MIAD. An exhibition of student work will be installed prior to the start of the fall semester.



Courtney Maloney is Professor of Writing & Humanities at MIAD. Courtney has been a full-time faculty member at MIAD since 2006 and has led two different trips MIAD study abroad courses to Ireland’s West Coast.
Bob Lynch is Professor of Interior Architecture & Design and has taught at MIAD since 1994. He has participated in multiple MIAD faculty-led Study Abroad programs to Ireland.
Ben Dembroski is MIAD’s Director of Emerging Technologies. Ben received his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and lived in Glasgow over 10 years, He has on-going connections with artists and creatives working in Scotland, as well as family there.
Estimated Travel/ Course Fee:  $4250
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 $950 and will need to be purchased sometime in March. Students’ primary housing while on-site will be 2-person hostel rooms with private baths, WIFI, and access to kitchen and laundry facilities.

Regular Application Deadline:  December 3, 2018. 
Interested students must apply for the program and complete an application packet (download from MIAD website here or available outside of office 450B). Space is limited to 12 students. Completed application forms must include a deposit of $600 payable to MIAD Glasgow 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. PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS.
Study Abroad NEED-BASED GRANT Application Deadline: November 16, 2018*
*Students interested in being considered for this year’s Study Abroad Need-Based Grants MUST submit their complete application package by November 16, 2018.

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 3, 2018 (November 16, 2018 for grant consideration) – $600 Deposit must accompany application (non-refundable after commitment letter signed)
February 1, 2019 – $350 
March 29, 2019 – $350
May 1, 2019 – $2950 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.

  • Download more information here
  • Download the application here

Jenny Krantz, Director, Creative Learning Opportunities & Research – 
Office – 450B