UST: Brilliant! Exploring Art in London
- The course is directed by UST Art History Department faculty members, Dr. Heather Shirey and Dr. William Barnes, who have extensive experience in London.
- Visit cultural sites throughout London including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, King’s Cross Train Station, Tate Britain, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The course also includes a day excursion to Oxford.
- Prerequisites: None.
- Fulfills: ARTH 150 major/minor; Fine Arts core, Writing Across the Curriculum (WI), and Human Diversity core under the old curriculum; or Fine Arts core or Global Perspectives and Writing Across the Curriculum (WI) under the new core curriculum.
This exciting course gives students the opportunity to engage in the up-close-and-personal study of great works of art from across the globe and experience some of the most iconic architecture in the world! J-Term is the perfect time to be in London. The crowds of tourists are gone, most UK & EU Universities have yet to commence, and our students have the rare opportunity to explore all that London has to offer at their leisure. Through a series of case studies, we will investigate how art, architecture, and the politics of display impact can shape our views of cultural expression across time and around the globe. Participants will learn how aspects of artistic style, subject matter, and patronage to religious and political ideology, societal institutions, economic pressures, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures across the globe. The city of London is our classroom, with almost every meeting taking place in and around museums, galleries, cathedrals, and significant cultural landmarks!
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.
20% Presentation // Architecture in London
20% Presentation // British Painting and Social Change
20% Museum Analysis // Museums: Collecting and Presenting Culture
20% Project // Art in the Streets
10% Attendance & Participation
10% Reflection Journal
Location and Tentative Dates
January 3 Lectures and MIA Visit in Twin Cities
January 4 Depart Twin Cities
January 5 Arrive in London, welcome dinner
January 5-27 Lectures, discussions and site visits in and around London
January 27 Depart London for Twin Cities
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Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Students will live in comfortable student housing in a central London neighborhood. 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.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
- Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
- Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application 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.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review, Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.
For more information
On course format and content, contact:
Prof. Heather Shirey firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. William Barnes email@example.com
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad
| University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | firstname.lastname@example.org | stthomas.edu/studyabroad
Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 1.2975 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 165,476 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 55.2 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 49.3 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator
to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.