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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Graphic Design London

Program Overview

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 into the city! Lunches will be at restaurants/takeaway 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 the 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 the 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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Faculty Leader Briar Levit, School of Art and Design
Travel Dates Three Weeks in Summer 2021
Area of Study
  • Advertising*
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing*
*Preference will be given to PSU Graphic Design majors.
Course & Credit ART 401 Special Topics: Design in London
8 credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Residence Hall
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Open to non-PSU students**
**Preference will be given to PSU degree-seeking students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • 5 projects to showcase their proficiency with typography and digital tools
    • Submit this as a PDF to your application
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)

(Awards are up to $3,000!)

  • 8 credits of ART 410: Special Topics
  • Accommodations in double rooms at a modern residence hall which includes:
    • Shared kitchen facilities
    • Internet
    • Linens
    • Weekly cleaning 
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Guided bus tour of London
  • Three group meals
    • Welcome Lunch
    • Group Lunch in Ditchling
    • Farewell Dinner
  • Oyster Card (metro card) for the duration of the program
  • Site Visits to:
    • The Tate Modern Museum
    • The Design Museum
    • Victoria & Albert Museum
    • Westminster Abbey with a guided tour
    • Museum of Brands 
  • Type Tasting Typography workshop
  • Day trip to Ditchling, England to visit the Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts
  • Access to the IES Study Center, only two minutes' walk from the British Museu. Study Center access includes:
    • Printer
      • Library
      • Computers in the student lounge (shared)
      • Wireless internet
  • Entrance for course-related excursions
  • Workshops
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • 24/7 Student Support
  • 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.