Bowdoin College Visual Art Program
Study Away Guidelines
Due to the challenges of on-site enrollment at the study away program, students are encouraged to receive pre-authorization for more classes than they expect to be able to take, so that they have options to choose from when they arrive at the program. This eliminates the need to be communicating with their advisor across multiple time zones in the event of a change in plans. Generally, students are encouraged to receive pre-authorization for five courses, with the understanding that they will only be allowed a total of two studios to be applied towards the departmental requirements. They may enroll in more studio classes than that, but they will not count towards the major/minor.
When meeting with their faculty advisor, students should be prepared to discuss which courses they are interested in taking, and sharing the course descriptions for those classes. The faculty are responsible only for approving course content, not compatibility of credit hours. The Study Away Office will address those issues.
Students are encouraged to write a follow up email to their advisor (and the Department Coordinator) summarizing their discussion, and that correspondence will then become a part of the student’s file. This will help to alleviate any confusion when reviewing degree progress down the road.
The correspondence with the advisor and Department Coordinator must occur IN ADDITION to the Study Away Application and the Student Records Transfer of Credit Forms.
The course(s) must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or better. When you return to Bowdoin and after the department receives your away transcript, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to see the Visual arts professor who approved the away course to verify that you will receive visual arts requirement credit.
If you do not follow up with the professor on your return, the course(s) away will not be given visual arts requirement credit. In some cases this will mean that you will not meet your major/minor requirement.
Study Away Experiences
Current student who wish to study away should consult with the office of Off-Campus Study.
Recent Programs Attended by Bowdoin Visual Arts MajorsSan Francisco Art Institute, California, USA
FAMU International Czech Republic
DIS, Copenhagen, Denmark
University of St. Andrews, Scotland (UK)
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
IES Madrid, Spain
SITA Madurai, India
Studio Art Centers International, Italy
University of Cape Town, South Africa
IFSA Butler, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Syracuse University in Florence, Italy
Temple University in Rome, Italy
Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
Burren College of Art, Ireland
Swarthmore, Grenoble, France
DIS, Copenhagen, Denmark
Trinity College, Rome, Italy
American University of Paris, France
Student Experiences Abroad
Sky Gonzales '15
Program: Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland (UK), Fall 2013
I went to the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in Scotland. I got to see the beautiful and famous architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh as one of the Art School's buildings. I took all my classes at GSA and made friends from all over. The GSA is really international. I still keep in touch. I also made friends with some of the locals going to the school. It truly was an enriching and amazing experience! For one of the art projects, the professors loaded us up into a bus and drove us out into the Scottish countryside to the Isle of Skye, opened the doors and told us to GO MAKE ART! I made a woven fern diamond, as you can see in the picture here.
Elissa Rodman '10
Program: Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, Fall 2008
I studied abroad in the fall of 2008 in Florence, Italy with Syracuse University. Living in Florence was such a great opportunity. I had never lived in a city before and Florence was a wonderful mix of culture, people, and history without being too overwhelming. While I was there, I took both studio and art history courses, but one of most important learning experiences I had was living with my homestay family. Living with an Italian family was both educational and challenging, but mostly it was a lot of fun. My homestay father was an artist, and was always happy to talk (in a mix of Italian and English) about painting with me. I lived about two minutes away from the painting studio, and about five minutes away from the main classroom buildings, but I made sure to get out into the heart of the city as much as I could. My homestay mother always had good suggestions for places to go see and things to do, both in the city and in the surrounding region. I made the most of my time in Italy and tried to see and do as much as possible all while maintaining my studio practice. Study abroad is as good as you choose to make it, and I made sure to make my experience as varied and exciting as possible.
Sam Gilbert '10
Program: University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
Studying art while abroad allowed me start thinking and working in mediums and methods that I wouldn't otherwise have thought to experiment with. Being in a totally different place made me think differently about how I work in general and I found my surroundings directly influencing the art that I produced. Overall, it was an unforgettable exceperiance that allowed me to see a different part of the world and learn from the people that I met.
Tu Anh Dinh '11
Program: University of Glasgow, Scotland, Fall 2009
I attended the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art and took courses in Scottish literature, bagpiping, and figurative sculpture. Both my classes and my professors were wonderful—piping essentially culminated into a pub crawl and figurative sculpture always involved elaborate tea ceremonies and hysterical nude models chatting me up while I was elbow deep in clay. I recommend Glasgow to anyone who wants to study visual arts at a premiere art school, and also to anyone who enjoys a good street brawl every once in a while.
Maina Handmaker '11
Program: CIEE, Khon Kaen, Thailand, Fall 2009
I studied abroad in the rural northeast of Thailand, witnessing human rights violations in dams, mines, forced evictions, slums and landfills, working with a group of American students, and learning from villagers about community organizing. To live with villagers, learn to harvest rice, discover shrines in mountain-top caves, figure out how to speak a new language, sound very removed from the visual arts -- but I learned better how to learn from people, and every day I've been back I've felt how it's changed the way I look at things.