There are numerous international opportunities for UMass Lowell students to experience the world in their hands while getting their degree.
Art & Design students travel all over the world through many study abroad options. The UMass Lowell Study Abroad office sends our students to various countries, whether they take a traditional semester-long study abroad programs or a course that travels with fellow UMass Lowell students and professor during a summer/winter session. In addition, Art & Design students have the opportunity to study in art schools with which we have established partnerships.
The Art & Design Department regularly organizes study abroad trips and programs. Experiences have included:
In the instructor led study abroad course Highlights of Italy, students will enjoy 14 full days exploring Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy in June 2019. Daily activities include visiting the Venice Biennial, Piazza San Marco, the Florence museums The Uffizi and the Academy, the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and much more. The studio component includes daily drawing or photography and exercises in local crafts. Projects included binding a custom sketchbook, presentations about current Italian exhibitions, and paper marbling.
Learn more about the 2019 Italy International Study Abroad Trip.
To read about our students’ experiences please visit their blog:
See & Make Art in Italy Summer 2017 Blog
In the course London by Design, students enjoyed 10 full days exploring and studying in London. Daily activities comprised visiting museums, including The Design Museum, the British museum, Kew Gardens, The V&A, The Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, and many more. Students also participated in a two-day Hackathon, run by the London agencies the Big Radical and The XDs (The Experience Design Group). With this design challenge, students addressed the growing problem of depression in young adults. The event attracted a wide variety of professionals in the design and healthcare sectors from disciplines including psychology, AI, UX, pharmacology, visual and game design.
Projects included a travel brochure and poster, a way finding system, a hand-built book about London typography and daily blogs.
To read our students’ testimonies please visit their blog at:
London By Design Summer 2017 Blog
In one course students participated in a drawing class in which they made a portfolio of small works to take abroad and exhibit internationally. They attended the Venice Biennial, an international printmaking festival of infinitely cool graffiti art and an ancient Roman seaport that looks like an MC Escher drawing. Students experienced everything from their art history courses: the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Botticellis, The David and the rest. The second course explored Art in Political, Religious and Historic context.
Read about the 2013 students took to Israel: Art Students Get Interdisciplinary in Israel.
In the summer of 2015, 7 Sharjah University students joined UMass Lowell students in two Digital Media courses.