Art and Culture
Summer 2012 Dates and Fees:
Dates: June 3 - July 8, 2013
Credits: 6 art credits
Program Fee: $3,325
The summer art and culture course in Leiden, the Netherlands will provide students the opportunity take courses in photography, drawing and graphic design. No Dutch language experience or previous art training are needed for our art and culture program.
You will select two of three art courses, taught by local faculty and practicing artists. These courses are experientially based, often using the Dutch landscape and townscape as the classroom. The art and culture that is learned and discussed in the classroom comes alive on field trips out of Leiden. City walks, museum visits and art galleries will provide an art-historic background to the program.
Less than 40 minutes by train from Amsterdam, the city of Leiden dates back to the 12th century. It is home to the nation's oldest and prestigious university, Leiden University. Built along picturesque canals, Leiden has a lively student population, a historic center and various museums. Buses provide convenient public transportation within the city but by far the most popular means of getting around is the bicycle.
Housing and Meals
Your residence hall is a renovated historic building overlooking a typical Dutch canal. Here, you will live with other Central College Abroad and international students. Meals are not included, but take advantage of shopping for fresh food and Dutch treats at nearby outdoor markets. Take your food home where the communal kitchens are a popular place to gather and get to know other students.
Plan to travel as a group to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Visits to Leiden museums and art galleries as well as city walks are part of your academic experience.
All Central students are provided a 40 percent discounted train pass for train travel in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic benefit allowing you explore this beautiful country. In addition, you are also provided a museum pass, giving you free entry to most of the nation's museums and galleries.
Students can choose two of the following three courses:
ART 721Na – Drawing in Leiden 3 S.H.
This course allows students to further develop their drawing skills and knowledge of techniques (the perception of a given reality, preparation, choosing techniques, assignment, presentation) in a course that uses both the material offered in the Dutch Art and Architecture course, and the actual Dutch environment (landscape and townscape) as a starting point and frame of reference. Students will meet weekly for three hour sessions, in the classroom and outdoors. Students work with pencil, ink and charcoal and produce work that will be discussed in class.
ART 722Na – The Art of Photography 3 S.H.
The goal of this course is to learn to use the camera in order to approach the world. By using a camera and taking pictures, the students will observe their environment and also interpret it.
For each class, the students will receive a photographic assignment that they will have to work out during the week. Each assignment will deal with a photographic theme, both artistic or technical. During class, the results will be discussed, using examples of professional photographers. Possible themes that will be dealt with are rhythm and repetition; details and abstraction; light and dark; intimacy; (frozen) motion.
Students will be trained in the basics of photography, working with composition, looking for a personal approach and learning to explain what they want to express in their work.
ART 730Na – Graphic Design in the Netherlands 3 S.H.
This course applies the principles of visual perception to the practice of visual communication. The course will cover historical and applied elements of Graphic Design, especially in context to the Netherlands. Course structure will include studio sessions, as well as excursions and research utilizing Dutch graphic design history and approaches. The Netherlands has an exceptional history of successful graphic design, particularly utilizing typography.
The four-week program fee includes:
Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 art credits for each course -- 2 courses)
Housing in student dormitories
On-site orientation and oversight by Leiden program director
International Student Card
Welcome and Farewell receptions
Airfare is not included.
Deadline for applications: March 1, 2013. A completed application must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks after acceptance) .