Altes MuseumBerlin BiennialBerlin BiennaleBerlin Senate buildingsBerlin alternative art spaceReichstagLan Kunst LebenPublic artist Frieder SchnockStasi MuseumVisiting artist Karin Sander

Tentative Dates:
May 27 (depart the US on May 26)–June 12, 2014

The site of the twentieth century's signal political events, Berlin has become the cultural capital of Europe. It's here that politics, culture, and history collide. By exploring Berlin's outstanding museums, historical sites, architecture, galleries, and alternative spaces, students will discover the official and unofficial Berlin.

In residence in the heart of Berlin's center, the Mitte, students will have a chance to intimately experience cultural life in this lively metropolis. Through our longstanding contacts we will program studio visits and talks with international artists, gallery visits with curators, and public film screenings, giving students a chance to speak directly with some of Berlin's best thinkers and makers. Students will also attend evening events associated with international festivals of theater, performance, and dance.

Building on the experience of four previous study trips to Berlin, we will further explore a city that has developed out of war, ruin, and political divides. Berlin continues to be the cross-point of conversations about public art and the marketplace. The city has also been a laboratory for some of the most important architectural movements of the 20th century (Bauhaus, Modernist, Soviet, Postmodern). Berlin is also home to graffiti, cabaret, and punk, which makes the conversation between official and unofficial culture vital.

Artists, politicians, curators, and outsiders of all kinds, have been attracted to Berlin for decades because here they can be agents of their cultural future. That the debate is lively and contentious only makes it more compelling...

Our program includes several important integrated features:

The Berlin trip is intended to be both experiential and pedagogical. Students use their free time to collect and generate materials, and to conduct research activities for subsequent use in projects, papers, and presentations. There are student meetings scheduled at several stages in the trip to check on the progress of these projects.

After the trip's conclusion, we consult and meet with students on their work individually as needed throughout the remaining eight weeks in the summer. One week prior to the fall semester, students gather for a final day of presentations and dinner.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits ARTHI

Daniel Eisenberg: Film, Video, New Media and Animation; Visual and Critical Studies
Ellen Rothenberg: Fiber and Material Studies; Writing

Program fee: Approx. $3,000
Includes accommodation in shared rooms, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Does not include airfare.

Budget at least $1,300 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

PLUS tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour

Online registration begins: March 12, 2014

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions: 
Thursday, February 6, 4:15pm
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 707

Wednesday, February 26, 4:15pm
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 620