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UST: Introduction to Art History in London
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
Program Cost January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2017 10/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/01/2017 01/27/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Minimum GPA:
2 Subject Areas: Art History
Housing Options: Hotel Language Prerequisite: None
Non-UST Students: No Internship Available: No
Service Learning: No Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
art history
 Program Highlights
  • The course is directed by Professors Victoria Young and William Barnes, Art History, St. Thomas faculty members with extensive experience in London.
  • Visit cultural sites throughout London including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, King’s Cross Train Station, Tate Modern, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the London Eye.
  • Prerequisites: None; Preference given to incoming first-year students.
  • Fulfills: Fine Arts core, WAC-Writing Intensive, Human Diversity core
Academic Overview
Course Description
Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art as we explore art’s relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures.  This course focuses on London’s rich cultural offerings, allowing students to have direct encounters with artifacts from cultures all over the world, past and present. Museum and gallery visits, experiences with architectural sites, and meetings with contemporary artists are coupled with lectures, discussions, and student-led activities for an engaging exploration of the city and its art.
Program Structure
This course will allow students to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of art and material culture in relationship to society. Students will learn to apply art-historical knowledge and skills to solve the problems that real-world art historians face, such as the ethics of collecting and displaying art objects. Our studies will allow us to examine structures of power and their impact on the creation and consumption of works of art, all while experiencing London as a diverse, multicultural city.
10%      Presentation: Architecture in London
15%      Brief Paper: British Painting and Social Change
20%      Museum Analysis: Colonialism and Collecting
20%      Gallery Guide: AmerIndian Art in London
20%      Art/Architecture Proposal: World War II in London
15%      Attendance, Participation and Reflection Journal
Location and Tentative Dates     
January 1           Depart Twin Cities and arrive in London
January 2-26      Lectures, discussions and site visits in London
January 27         Depart London for Twin Cities
Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Students will live in comfortable apartments in East London. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette and wireless internet. Some group meals are included. Students will be provided with information on grocery stores close to housing and low-cost restaurant options in the area.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Login using your UST username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply by the priority application deadline. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis until the final deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content. 
Priority Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2016
Financial Aid/Scholarships
To apply for aid during January Term, submit a January Term Financial Aid Application, available in early November, to the Financial Aid Office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations.  Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all awards, meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.

For more information
On course content, contact: Prof. William Barnes at (651) 962.5645,
                                             Prof. Victoria Young at (651) 962.5855,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact: Study Abroad

Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212, Mail 5026
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199