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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location London, UK & Paris, France
Early Fall 2017
August 23 – September 17, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,450
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Curt Labitzke, Judith Clark
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Friday, January 13 at noon in Art 120 and Wednesday, January 18th at 530pm in Art 120
  General This program will take students from London to Paris to study and compare both cities as world centers of fine art and visual culture. The trip will be a tale of two cities comparing their rich histories and sometimes questionable practices of collecting, preserving, and promoting the visual arts.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

We will begin this trip by following in the path of artists and travelers before us, living and learning in London - a city whose contemporary arts are cutting edge, where women and emerging artists from around the globe have a significant presence in the art scene and a high profile on the city’s exhibition calendars.

These investigations will take us from London to Paris where the visual arts also play a significant role in the historical development and contemporary culture of the city. In a sense, this trip is an artistic tale of two cities. London and Paris share a 2000-year old legacy from their founding by the Romans to their 21st Century position in the world as major centers of art and culture. At the same time, each city defines and perpetuates their global standing in the world of the visual arts in dramatically different ways.

In both cities we will study and compare a wide range of arts including architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, street art, printmaking, outsider art, and design. Students will have the chance to make comparisons between similar landmarks, galleries, and artistic experiences offered in both cities.

The British National Gallery vs The Musee d’Orsay The British Museum vs The Louvre St Paul’s vs Notre Dame Hampton Court vs Versailles The Tate Modern vs Le Centre Pompidou The Serpentine Galleries of Hyde Park vs Le Jeu de Paume and L’Orangerie in Le Jardin des Tuileries

Students will study and record their experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing from observation will be used as a research tool and point of departure for discussion and critic. (No prior drawing or art experience is required for this course. We will have group critiques based on the work created in London along with discussions of issues explored in a required reading list. This class offers art majors 5 credits toward their degree and satisfies VLPA general education requirements for non-art majors.

At each site, local curators, guides, and education coordinators will provide both introductions to their specific institutions as well as additional presentations tailored to the subject of this seminar.


London, UK & Paris, France


In London students will stay in private dorm rooms at Bankside House, the dorm for the London School of Economics. Housing in Paris is still being arranged.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Undergraduate and non matriculated students from diverse backgrounds and majors.

There are no prerequisites or special language requirements.

There are no special physical requirements for this program. However, walking everywhere is one of the major delights of a trip to both Paris and London.


5 Credits


ART 360 (5 credits)

With the cities of London and Paris as classrooms we will explore and compare contemporary art alongside the art of the past by visiting art museums, galleries, churches, palaces and private homes. Students will study and record their experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing, water color and other visual media will serve as a research tool of observation, a way to visually analyze and record what students see. No prior art experience or instruction is required for this course. Pre departure orientations will include workshops in drawing, watercolor and bookmaking. A reading list of articles relevant to the past and present art scene in London and Paris will provide the context for discussion and critique.

Learning Goals: 

Build technical proficiency, skill, and contextual knowledge of traditional and non-traditional areas of artistic practice, art history, visual culture, and criticism. Engage in and explore the diverse and influential issues raised via the study of visual literacy and the practice of the creative process in two very different places, London and Paris.

Practice researching, questioning, organizing and synthesizing information about the world of the visual arts in London and Paris. Develop new ideas and areas of inquiry and contribute these to discussions with peers and program leaders. Combine critical thinking and problem solving with the development of ideas and conceptual skill.

Understand working methods and develop the ability to translate a conceptual idea into a visual or creative solution. Grades will be based on the quality of visual assignments, participation in discussion and critic, engagement with and understanding of the readings.

Program Directors & Staff

Curt Labitzke, UW School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Director

Curt is an artist and faculty member of the School of Art + Art History + Design at UW, Seattle. He has 20 years of experience designing, leading and teaching abroad in Italy, Spain and England

Judith Clark, UW School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Director

Judith is the Director of Academic Advising in the School of Art + Art History + Design. She co designed the study abroad program in London and has continued to develop and lead it for 8 years.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,450

Estimated Program Fee of $4,450, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (comparable to costs in Seattle), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,450 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.