With limited arts coursework at UC Merced, study abroad is an excellent way to supplement your global arts major with unique coursework from around the world. Experience the business of Art at Sotheby’s in London, learn traditional African dance in Ghana, music and art in Jerusalem, or study ethnomusicology in beautiful Mexico City. Take advantage of study abroad to find those opportunities you cannot find at UC Merced alone.
Programs Suggested for Global Arts Studies Majors
Univ. of the Arts London, Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon College
As schools within the University of Arts London, the Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts are some of London's leading art and design schools. Their unique studio culture offers you the freedom to explore your creativity and encourages you to learn the skills needed for a successful career in the arts. You can study sculpture, painting, fine art, or theatre and screen design. Consider coursework in art theory & criticism, design, drawing, painting, sculpture.
The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
ArtJerusalem is taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and includes courses in painting, sculpture, drawing, and screen printing. DanceJerusalem and JerusalemSounds are taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and offer training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, choreography, repertoire and improvisation, and a full music program. Consider coursework in art theory & criticism, ceramics, choreography, dance, design, digital media, directing, improvisation, music performance, music composition & theory, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, production & management, screen & playwriting, sculpture.
Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (CUHK)
The curriculum of the Department of Fine Arts includes coursework on both Chinese and Western art with an emphasis on both studio art and art history. The Music Department provides the practical and scholarly study of music with many opportunities to perform and practice in the electronic music studio. Consider coursework in art theory & criticism, ceramics, design, drawing, music performance, music composition & theory, painting, photography, sculpture.
Scottish Universities: Univ. of Edinburgh
Develop your knowledge and skills through a mixture of one-on-one and group seminars, workshops, and studio critiques at the Edinburgh College of Art-- an internationally recognized institution with a vibrant and creative community of students and academics. Opportunities exist in both the School of Art and the School of Design. You will have the freedom to work in your own studio space for the entire semester or year. Consider courses in art theory & criticism, design, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture.
New Zealand Universities: Massey Univ. at Wellington
The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is a world-class art and design school based in Wellington, New Zealand. The College also includes a new School of Music and Creative Media Production. Courses equip you with the knowledge and skills that enable you to flourish in creative industries and to hold key positions that define creative thinking in businesses around the world. Consider courses in art theory & criticism, design, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture.
These are only programs that target coursework in Global Arts Studies. Immersion, exchange, field studies, and international school programs should also have a selection of offerings to suit Global Arts Studies majors.
Suggested Arts Programs in Spanish
National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM)
A top-ranked university in Latin America set in the intoxicating urban atmosphere of southern Mexico City, UNAM offers art criticism, ceramics, drawing, ethnomusicology, painting, photography, and sculpture. What better place to study the fine arts than a university whose main campus is designated a World Heritage Site, is home to one of the best concert halls in the world, as well as a number of theaters and museums? The National School of Plastic Arts offers studies in visual arts, design, and visual communication. The National School of Music offers courses in composition, musical education, ethnomusicology, and instrumental studies. Theater and dramatic literature courses can also be found in the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras.
Offering coursework in all majors at either of two top Chilean universities in cosmopolitan Santiago, these may be a good fit for students looking into art criticism, ceramics, dance, drawing, painting, photography, or sculpture. Experience vibrant South American art while you study at one of the top education institutions in Chile. At the Juan Gomez Millas Campus of the University of Chile, you have the opportunity to study virtually all types of visual and performing arts including art studio, theater, dance, and music. You will receive on-site pre-registration advising to help guide you with course choices. At Pontifical Catholic University the Campus Oriente, the Instituto de Estetica is a better fit for cultural studies, art history, and aesthetics. You also have the opportunity to study all types of studio and performing arts, although course offerings in dance are limited. In both Universities, there are ample internship opportunities which can be secured once in Chile.
By no means is this list comprehensive, but you may also search additional program opportunities.
Completing Other SSHA Requirements Abroad
SSHA students, in general, can take advantage of the requirement to complete four (4) non-major upper-division general education courses—or equivalent—from SSHA areas as varied as English literature to economics. Most SSHA students complete one or more of these required courses while studying abroad. These courses must be reviewed through the SSHA course approval form (see below).
SSHA students must also complete a total of 60.0 semester units in order to graduate. SSHA students complete many of these units within their major but often need more and can complete these requirements abroad.
Course Approval and Course Approval Forms
With a few exceptions of previously approved courses (ask your academic advisor), courses will need to be approved to meet individual degree requirements. In these cases, students will use the Course Approval Form for the school that would typically offer such a course at UC Merced:
The school will usually require a syllabus or equivalent in order to do a review. Keep in mind that syllabi may be protected intellectual property of certain professors or universities and may not be publicly posted online. If it is a UC Center program, you may be able to acquire syllabi through your study abroad advisor. If the program is with a local host university and the course is not posted online, you may be able to inquire with the instructor or host university in some cases.
No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor in SSHA and your MyAudit report to plan out your study abroad academic goals. Once you narrow your search to 1-3 study abroad programs consult your program page or ask your study abroad advisor about resources for researching courses in your program.