My favorite class was the Netherlands and its European Context course. It gave me so much insight into my host country, and I learned about Europe and the EU. I felt well-educated leaving the course and as if I could contribute to discussions on current issues pertaining to the Netherlands and the EU.
Art and Culture
Summer 2015 Dates and Fees:
Dates: June 3 - July 6, 2014
Credits: 6 art
Program Fee: TBA (2014: $3,390)
The Leiden summer program is a short but intense program with an emphasis on the individual development of the students (given their different levels and background), combining and intertwining Graphic Design, Drawing and Photography.
Courses are taught by local faculty and practicing artists. In order to guide the creative process, each week will focus on one theme, to be explored with assignments and homework throughout all three disciplines. This is complemented by weekly excursions to cities and shows of current interest as well as books and illustrations with a focus on Dutch and European contemporary Art and Design in a broad sense.
During the summer program one or more themes help guide the creative process, like Feet, Hands, Heart and Head. At the end of the course students are expected to create a final piece in which two of the provided disciplines (of their choice) are combined into one work.
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. 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. You are 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 130N – 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 115N – 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, either 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 238N – 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:
*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2015. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now.
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).