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Study Abroad with the School of Visual Art and Design


South Africa: Enhancing Perceptions
Through Art and Art Making

 May 2018
Cape Town, South Africa

Next offering:  May 11-22, 2019 (apply now!)

Faculty leaders: Professor Minuette Floyd (Art Education) and Assistant Leader Frenche Brewer

This 12-day study abroad academic experience to Cape Town, South Africa is life changing, and life affirming for students.  The focus of this study abroad program is to provide hands-on art experiences for South African children in a variety of settings such as schools and afterschool workshops. Students also witness first-hand the strides that have been made across society, in education and within the social structure of the country.  They will visit a high school to participate in an interactive cultural exchange program and will hike to the top of iconic Table Mountain.

* Approximate program cost:  $2,835.00. (Flight not included)

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Art and Culture of Japan

May 2016 and July 2018

Next offering:  Summer 2020

Faculty leaders: Professor Mary Robinson (Studio Art / Printmaking) and Assistant Professor Amanda Wangwright (Art History)

Art and Culture of Japan

An official USC Global Classroom Program that studies traditional Japanese art, architecture and culture. Students explore picturesque historical sites such as the Byodo-in Buddhist temple, the Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine, and Himeji Castle. The course includes hands-on training in the basic practices of woodblock printing, traditional bookbinding, and the shibori fabric dying technique. Students also experience Japanese culture first-hand through local cuisine, an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple, and free time for their own small group explorations in historic Kyoto, the modern metropolis of Osaka, and the smaller cities of Nara and Uji. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.