Study Art Abroad
The Department of Art, Architecture + Art History offers summer programs in Visual Arts, Art History, and Architecture in Istanbul and Paris. The listed courses will be taught abroad by the USD faculty:
USD Program in Paris, France
ArtV 306 Digital Photography
Professor Duncan McCosker, Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
This course will explore the rich resources of Paris and its environs through making color photographs. We will work digitally, and make large and descriptive digital prints utilizing the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. We will study photography within the fine art tradition, and will be making pictures on field trips to the Luxembourg Gardens, Pere LaChaise cemetery, and Trocadero. We will see exceptional museum and gallery exhibitions at the Musée d’Orsay, the European Museum of Photography and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. We will discuss the great traditions of French photography, from its invention by Daguerre and Niepce to the ground-breaking contributions of Atget and Cartier-Bresson, to the work of contemporary photographers like Sophie Calle.
Additional Information: Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement and fulfills a Visual Arts major/minor requirement.
USD Program in ISTANBUL, TURKEY
ARTV 115/ARCH 494- Recording the City: Istanbul
Professor: Dr. Juliana Maxim
To record means to commit to memory. This class serves as an introduction to ways of observing, analyzing, chronicling visually, or otherwise set down in permanent form the experience of the city. Through drawing, visual observation, field analysis and measurements students will explore and closely study the major components of the urban fabric. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with means of documenting the experience of the city. It invites students to communicate, visually and in writing, objective observations as well as more personal impressions and ideas about Istanbul spaces. We will also take benefit of our travel to ancient Greek and Roman sites to learn how to sketch and survey antique monuments and sites. This course will be offered as a “Vertical Studio” in the Visual Arts and Architecture programs—students of different levels in architectural drawing will take the course together.
Additional Information: All students are required to submit a sketchbook; upped-division students will participate in a full-portfolio review. ARTV 115 fulfills Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Course fulfills Art History, Architecture and Visual Arts major requirement.
ARTH 138/ARCH 340- Recording the City: Istanbul
Professor: Dr. Can Bilsel
In this course we will use Istanbul as an introduction to urban morphology. We will examine how shifting social, political and economic contexts have shaped the city and its monuments; how the function and meaning of these monuments have changed in subsequent stages of the city’s history; how the traces of past architecture—the archaeological strata—structure the city’s present form. The city’s monuments and urban form record the collective memory of its inhabitants in any given present, but there is also randomness in the encounter with, and the appropriation of the fragments of the past eras. By putting these fragments together our aim is not to reconstruct the original visions of the city’s patrons, but to understand how urban transformations have worked in the past, and how they frame urban experience in the present. We will conduct the course as a combination of focused readings on the case studies, class discussions and field trips.
Additional Information: All students are required to submit a logbook of fieldtrip entries and reading responses. Students enrolled in ARCH340 are required to submit a research paper in architectural history. ARTH 138 fulfills Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Course fulfills Art History, Architecture and Visual Arts major requirement.
For more information, please visit the International Center's summer programs website.