“Exposure to different aeshetics, typography and markets would be very helpful in exposing students to new and different ways of thinking and seeing.”
What are the benefits of study abroad for someone in Graphic Design?
Graphic design students who study abroad gain a greater understanding of cultural, historical, economic preferences and values that can be considered when designing for an international market. Going abroad offers students an opportunity to enhance their communication skills and gain insights into a changing global market.
When is the best time for Graphic Design students to go abroad?
The graphic design program is very structured, but with effective planning for coursework, students can go abroad. Students need to look at the availability of required courses and take into account curricular requirements that must be taken in sequence. Students will most likely be able to go abroad during their sophomore or junior year and can potentially take courses in art history, graphic design or typography. The summer is also a good option for students.
What types of academic requirements can I fulfill abroad?
University-wide requirements: Tier II courses can often be fulfilled easily abroad. Tier III courses are offered on some OHIO study abroad programs, but credit for Tier III generally cannot be transferred back from a non-OHIO or exchange program.
Graphic Design requirements: Graphic design requirements may be possible to complete abroad. Additionally, art studio courses are available through some OHIO study abroad experiences or may be transferred in from outside programs. Students would need to seek approval of transfer credit prior to studying abroad by completing a Foreign Study Checklist available at the Office of Education Abroad.
What are other academic considerations for someone in Graphic Design?
In the field of graphic design, students are often creating designs for audiences outside of the U.S. or working for overseas clients. Students who have studied abroad are at a greater advantage as they understand more societal norms and know what types of work will be well-received by international clients. Students may also be exposed to alternative design principles and programs when studying internationally.
What do I do next?
Visit our Planning Your Experience page to discover the steps you'll need to take.
| Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for
Graphic Design through Ohio University
OHIO- Art History In Italy
Summer program- 3 weeks. Students have the opportunity to visit Rome, Venice, Florence and Perugia and take courses in Roman art, medieval art and art history.
OHIO- Art, Art History and Film in London & Edinburgh
Summer program- 4 weeks. Students live and study in the heart of the British capital. Courses are offered in art studio, art history, art writing and documentary filmmaking.
OHIO- Hong Kong Baptist University exchange
Semester/Academic year program. This is an OHIO exchange program. Students choose from a wide array of courses in visual arts, business, communication, computer science, cinema and television, digital graphic communication, humanities, marketing and more.
| Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for
Graphic Design through Affiliate Providers
AIU- London, England
Summer program. Through American InterContinental University programs, students are integrated into traditional graphic design courses with students seeking degrees from the university. Internships are also available in the field of graphic design.
AsiaLearn- Sarawak, Malaysia
Semester/Academic year program. Students take courses in English at SUT-Sarawak, a branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Sample courses available include Typography, Typography for Publication, Design Studio, Digital Design, 20th Century Design, Branding and Identity, Contemporary Design Issues and Publication Design.
CIEE- Wollongong, Australia
Semester/Academic year program. Students have the opportunity to take courses in many fields, including graphic design, at the University of Wollongong. Sample courses include Typography, Illustration and Poster Design, Introduction to Graphic Design, Publication Design: Printed Media, Design Theory and Theory in Practice: Aust. Art, Media & Design in the Global Context.
IEP - Florence, Italy
Semester/Summer program. Florence University of the Arts offers courses such as Advanced Web Design, Digital Animation, Digital Graphic Illustration, Digital Imagery, Introduction to Web Design and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - Bangkok, Thailand
Semester program. Mahidol University offers courses such as Introduction to Animation, Storyboarding, 3D Animation, Character Design, Computer and Video Games, Media Production and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - Gold Coast, Australia
Semester/Summer program. Bond University offers courses such as Animation, Design Communications, Digital Media Design, Web Design, Designing Sound Environments, Web Communication and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
Additional opportunities available! Click here to view more program options & come to walk-in advising, Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM.
Transfer credit may be earned on approved Non-OHIO & exchange programs. Students participating on these programs should complete a Foreign Study Checklist (available at the Office of Education Abroad) to seek pre-approval prior to departure. Students wishing to utilize financial aid and scholarships, click here. OHIO scholarships may not apply to all programs listed on this page. Students should research the country where they plan to study at www.travel.state.gov. Students traveling to a country with a state department warning will be required to sign a waiver (available in the Walter International Education Center) prior to departure.
| Work, Volunteer, Intern suggestions for
IEP (Full-time on-campus advisor available at the Office of Education Abroad)
Internship opportunities are available in New Zealand, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, and Italy. IEP internships are tailored to each individual student's needs and interests and can last anywhere from one month to a full semester. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
Internships and volunteer opportunities in Ireland, London and Sydney in arts & culture, marketing, public relations & advertising and visual, fine & graphic arts.
Intern or volunteer opportunities are available in a number of fields including graphic design, marketing and public relations in Russia, Argentina and Costa Rica.
For an extensive list of opportunities to work, volunteer, or intern abroad please click here.
Students should consult their academic department regarding earning credit for internships. Students will not receive transfer credit for internship programs UNLESS the internship is required of a student’s major and the student receives pre-approval for the internship. Students should register with the Office of Education Abroad before traveling overseas.
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