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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Areas of Study: Art, Arts Studies, Graphic Design Language of Instruction: English
Language Requirement: 0 College Terms of Language Study-No Previous Language Study Minimum Graduate GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Rachel Landers
Program Description:

Program Overview

Graphic Design London

England has long been a cultural center of Europe and the world. It’s been home to some of the most beloved and timeless typographers and designers like John Baskerville, Edward Johnston, Neville Brody, Peter Saville, Vaughn Oliver and many more. It’s a bustling center of innovators, and is truly a marvel for graphic designers to explore.

Our group will spend 21 days in London visiting art and design museums, top design studios, doing hands-on workshops, and soaking up the diverse energy and culture of the city. During this time, students will have the chance to see British approaches to design—differences that are subtle, but noticeable nonetheless. Even a trip to the grocery store will illuminate just how differently UK designers market to their customers compared with American designers.

A typical day will start with a short meet-up in the dormitory, for students to update their travel journals/blogs—and then off we go in to the city! Lunches will be at restaurants/take-away joints near our activities. Evenings will be open for the students to explore (dinner will be their responsibility). A day trip out of the city will offer a nice respite from the busy capital.

In addition to the city activities, students will participate in a creative exchange with British and international students from London College of Communication. Students will meet in studios at the university to participate in workshops on letterpress, Risography, and screenprinting. They will then be given a brief and studio time to complete the brief. The work created will then be shown in a pop-up exhibition at London College of Communication. 

The program starts and ends with group dinners—one will be traditional British food at a top notch pub, and the other tasty Indian food—England’s second national cuisine.

This trip creates a community among the travelers, as well as the British/international students they collaborate with. Beyond the technical knowledge gained, and cultural touchstones experienced—students will come away with friends who love and live for design, and perhaps some who live across the world.

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Education Abroad Advisor Rachel Landers
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Faculty Leader Briar Levit, School of Art and Design
Travel Dates July 1 - July 21, 2020*

*These dates are tentative and subject to change.

Students should plan to arrive on July 1st in time for a welcome dinner in the evening and will be checking out of housing on July 21st. 
Area of Study Graphic Design
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD
Course & Credit 8 credits of ART 401/501 Special Topics: Design in London
Recommended Previous Coursework
  • ART 120 and ART 121 (for PSU students). 
Students will need to submit a PDF with 5 projects to showcase their proficiency with typography and digital tools.
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Residence Hall
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Open to non-PSU students
*Graphic Design majors only. Preference will be given to students with a higher standing (closer to graduating).
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.0

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Interview Required; you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview

**This program is Gilman Scholarship Eligible!**

  • 8 credits
  • Housing
  • Two group meals
  • Local transportation
  • Entrance for course-related excursions
  • Workshops
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.