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Fine Arts in London Spring Program

Spend 14 weeks living and learning in the heart of the British capital next spring.

Take courses in Music, Media Arts, fulfill a Tier II, Tier III or Junior Composition requirement, and much more, with Professors Andre Gribou and Keith Newman, teachers of the two most popular courses at OHIO - History of Rock Music and TV and Film Comedy.

The College of Fine Arts invites ALL students and ALL majors to join us for an unforgettable experience. Your classroom will be the best theaters, music venues and museums in the world. Take the train up to Liverpool and see where the Beatles got their start. Spend a day in Stratford and see where Shakespeare lived and worked - and got his start.

We will attend music/theater/performance events every week: from performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to new plays premiering in the newest venues....from Rock Icons at The Royal Albert Hall to bands you haven’t heard of - yet - playing at a nearby pub. And one of the most extraordinary collections of fine arts museums in the entire world!

Just to give you an idea of what to expect, these are some of the events that participants in the spring 2012 and spring 2013 programs attended:

  • Macbeth with James McAvoy @ Travalgar Studio
  • Elvis Costello @ The Royal Albert Hall  
  • The Book of Mormon @ The Prince of Wales Theatre
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra performing The Rite of Spring/Prokofiev Violin Concerto
  • Richard Thompson @ The Barbican 
  • The Magistrate with John Lithgow @ The National Theatre              
  • The Suit directed by Peter Brook @ The New Vic 
  • Sigur Ros at O2 Academy, Brixton
  • Pina Bausch Dance Theatre @ Sadlers Wells
  • Andras Schiff Masterclass @ The Royal College of Music                      
  • Judas Priest and Saxon @ The Hammersmith Apollo 
  • A Clockwork Orange @ The Arcola Theatre
  • Private Q & A with Ken Scott, engineer and producer for The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, Supertramp, Devo, etc                                        
  • She Stoops to Conquer @ The National Theatre                        
  • Chick Corea/Gary Burton Duet Concert                                    
  • Fairport Convention @ Union Chapel    
  • Comedy of Errors presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company @ Stratford-upon-Avon           
  • Royal Ballet of Flanders-Artifacts by William Forsyth                  
  • Opera Shots @ Covent Garden                                  
  • Afro Cuban All Stars                                     
  • Emanuel Ax Master Class @ The Royal College of Music    
  • Big and Small (Gross und Klein) with Cate Blanchett                       
  • Arvo Part Retrospective Concerts by The BBC Symphony Orchestra   
  • BBC Television Centre Tour                                               
  • Misterman with Cillan Murphy
  • Museum of Popular Music                                       
  • Liverpool Tour including the Magical Mystery Tour and Cavern Club
  • Westminster Abbey                                                                
  • Hamlet @ The Globe Theatre

Possible additional destinations outside of London for spring 2014 include Stonehenge & Bath, Greenwich, Windsor, and Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Click here to see a short video from the 2013 trip.

Program Dates

January 25 - April 25, 2014


Eligibility and selection process:

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. No prior knowledge of the fine arts is necessary to participate. Students must have a minimum 2.5 gpa.
Students on judicial probation at the start of the study abroad program will not be allowed to participate; there is an appeal process for those with B-level violations. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.

This program accepts non-Ohio University students.

Application deadline: October 12, 2013 (click here)


Living arrangements:

Students will share wi-fi equipped flats in an apartment block in the heart of London. Each flat includes a kitchen with full cooking facilities. A laundry service is available on site.

Courses and credits

Participants must enroll for a minimum of 15 OHIO undergraduate credits. Courses offered include:

  • MUS 1240 History of Rock I
  • MUS 2240 History of Rock II 
  • MUS 1200 Exploring Musical Styles 
  • MUS 3410* Piano 
  • MUS 4930 Independent Studies in Music 
  • MDIA 1020 Media and the Creative Process 
  • MDIA 2131 TV and Film Comedy 
  • MDIA 1091 Intro to Mass Communication 
  • MDIA 1010 The Evolution of Media 
  • MDIA 2160 History of Broadcast Media 
  • MDIA 3600 Producing for Video 
  • MDIA 2201 Short Form Media Screenwriting 
  • MDIA 4932 Independent Readings in Media 
  • IART 1170 Intro To The Arts: Arts in Contexts 
  • IART 3600J Writing in The Arts 
  • T3 4603 Cultural Traditions and The Arts: 19th and 20th Centuries

Independent study options may also be available. Please contact Professor Gribou for more information.

Cost: Click Here


Scholarships: Click Here

Additional Information on the United Kingdom

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Click here.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Requesting Accommodation for Disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now at . Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at . U.S. citizens won't need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You will need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program. Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.

For More Information Contact:

Andre Gribou
Faculty Director
450 Robert Glidden Hall
Tel: 740-707-1244

Keith Newman
Tel: 740.591-7895

Laurence Tuccori
Office of Education Abroad
Walter International Education Center
Tel: 740-593-4583

Click here to go to the Office of Education Abroad website.




Fine Arts Study Program in London Spring Quarter

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London Program courses may include the following, depending upon interest and enrollment


Writing in the Arts (4 credit hrs) taught by Shannon Harry (read bio)
This course meets the junior year writing requirement of most OU colleges (make certain you check with your College to see if it is accepted). Students are introduced to the critical analyses of form, media, and content in the fine arts, with an emphasis on critical writing.


MUS 120: Exploring Musical Styles (3 cr hrs) taught by Patricia Pease (read bio)
The course is designed to explore the power and meaning of music in a world-city setting, focusing on the diverse, creative output in London by some of the most influential composers of the past and present. Special emphasis is placed on the historical, social, and contemporary context of music in London and Great Britain.

MUS 340: Building Confidence (3 cr hrs) taught by Patricia Pease (read bio)
This is a voice course that involves no singing. We explore the potential of the human voice as a tool of persuasion to be applied to your professional goals. Your voice is the expression of who you are. Field observations will help you determine what effective voice use is and how to choose techniques that will enhance your vocal power. 


THAR 170: Theatrical Experience (4 credit hours) taught by Lincoln Clark (read bio)
The exploration of nature and function of theater as art form through exploration of performer/space/audience interrelationship. Attendance and discussion of selected plays in London at the National Theatre and other top West End theatres are a core part of this course.


THAR 312/317C: special course in acting/voice for stage with a guest instructor



ART 110: seeing and knowing visual art
Introduction to perceiving and understanding meanings and organizational systems in traditional and contemporary visual arts in context of their social and cultural backgrounds.

Professor: Robert Peppers (read bio)
Because the studio courses all meet together and are taught by the same instructor you are generally allowed to take just one studio course. Exceptions are occasionally made, but you MUST meet with your studio professor before signing up for courses to get his permission to take two (2) studio classes.


  • ART 311 [5 cr. hrs] Drawing Media-Collage as Visual Diary (non-art majors)
  • ART 318 [5 cr. hrs] Figure Drawing II
  • ART 319 [5 cr. hrs] Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 418A [5 cr. hrs] Advanced Drawing
  • ART 518A [5 cr hrs] Drawing


  • ART 275A [5 cr hrs] Basic Painting
  • ART 375A [5 cr hrs] Intermediate Painting
  • ART 475A [5 cr hrs] Advanced Painting
  • ART 505 [5 cr hrs] Painting



(1-5 credit hours possible) Available to students outside and inside the College of Fine Arts
Each year at least half the students participating are typically from majors outside the College of Fine Arts. Some of these students sign up for an independent study project with a professor in their own major before we leave for Britain. This usually means you must do much work independently each day you are in Britain, and then complete the project after returning to Athens. If interested, begin by visiting a favorite professor and asking her or him if this is possible. In the past, majors in Education, Biology, Journalism, Theatre, Film, Dance, and other areas have pursued fascinating projects.

Credit Hour requirements for all participating students

You must take a minimum of 14 credit hours (the maximum is 20 credit hours for undergrads and 18 credit hours for grads). This generally equates to 4 classes, or 3 classes and independent study credit. Keep in mind that many of you receiving scholarships must take a minimum of 15-16 credit hours.

For more information contact:

Patricia Pease
Director and Music Professor
Robert Glidden Hall 371
Tel: 740-593-1672

Robert Peppers, Co-Director and Art Professor
Seigfred Hall 426
Tel. 593-1679

Click here to go to the Office of Education Abroad website.