Visual Arts Study Away Policy

A student who takes a non-Bowdoin visual arts course away, to fulfill a requirement in visual arts, MUST have a visual arts professor APPROVE the away course IN WRITING PRIOR to going away. The course(s) must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or better.

The Visual Arts Department Study Away Approval Form is IN ADDITION to the Study Away Application and the Student Records Transfer of Credit Forms.

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.

Department Description from the Bowdoin Course Catalogue

The Department of Art comprises two programs: art history and visual arts. Majors in the department are expected to elect one of these programs. The major in art history is devoted primarily to the historical and critical study of the visual arts as an embodiment of some of humanity’s cultural values and a record of the historical interplay of sensibility, thought, and society. The major in visual arts is intended to encourage a sensitive development of perceptual, creative, and critical abilities in visual expression.

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 Majors

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

Elissa Rodman '10
Program: Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, Fall 2008

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

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 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

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.