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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 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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Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Rachel Landers
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leader Briar Levit, School of Art and Design
Travel Dates July 1 - July 21, 2018
Areas of Study Graphic Design
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 8 credits of Art
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 Undergrad: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required
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.
Interview You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about this program? There are no future info sessions scheduled at this time, but you can click here to access a PDF with additional information: LondonProgramPresentation_2018.pdf.

Course & Credit Information:

This program will include one pre-departure course meeting on TBD. Student will earns eight credits of the following:

  • ART 401/501 Special Topics: Design in London – 8 credits

Upon returning from England, students will present a piece of work in response to their travels at a show in a PSU gallery.

Student Work

  • Each student will maintain a travel log (either digital or analog are acceptable).
  • Upon returning from England, students will create an exhibition in the MK Gallery, showcasing the work created with fellow British Similarly Different participants. A small catalog will be created in conjunction with the show—a document of the work and the travels in general.
  • Students will be encouraged to volunteer to talk about the trip (with a slideshow) as an informal lunchtime lecture (Show+Tell) during the following Fall term.
  • Grades will be determined based on travel log consistency and content, workshop and discussion participation, and finally, gallery show participation. Extra credit will be given to the student(s) who do a Show+Tell talk about the trip.

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs
$3,960 $2,290 $6,250

Scholarship Opportunities
PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application
**This program is Gilman Scholarship Eligible!**

Tuition & Fees Includes:

  • 8 credits
  • Housing
  • Two group meals
  • Local transportation
  • Entrance for course related excursions
  • Workshops
  • Education Abroad service fee
  • International Health Insurance

Additional Estimated Costs Include:

  • International round trip airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport/Visa

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional 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 student's account. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.