June 8–24, 2016 (depart June 7 if flying directly from the US)*
*Note: Dates subject to change

China contains an abundant collection of the new and the old. It has distinct elements of one of the world's longest-lived cultures in history mixed with an ever-expanding cultural shift towards all that is contemporary. Its ancient heritage and unique customs have long given China a sense of mystery, and now China represents a new mystery for artists seeking to understand how contemporary art is expressed on a diverse global stage.

The class, China: Art at the Edge of Tomorrow, will explore, through firsthand experience, China's contemporary and ancient art and design, raising dialogue regarding its continuities and its paradoxes and how it reflects its rich cultural heritage and current social/political context. To accomplish this, we will explore three distinct cities in China: Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu. Each city is located in different regions of the country, representing various arts, cultures, and languages.

We will also have studio visits with working contemporary artists and designers, both Chinese and foreign, in all three cities. Students will have opportunities to learn about those artists' practices, working conditions, and their relationship to their local cities and the international art world.

Credits: 3 or 6 credits STUDIO (3000 level)

Snow Yunxue Fu, Film, Video and New Media
Pablo Garcia, AIADO, Contemporary Practices

Program fee: Approx. $2,850 (including accommodation, ground transport, internal airfares, some group meals; not including airfare to Hong Kong and from Chengdu)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,438 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,527 per credit hour.

Budget at least $1,600 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).

Online registration begins: March 16, 2016

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, February 10, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 707

Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 608