Off-campus learning experiences are an integral part of the department’s mission and enhance on-campus program offerings. The disciplines within the Department of Art have been actively sponsoring study abroad, field studies, internships, field trips, and other off-campus learning experiences for over forty years. These activities take place within the United States and abroad including past off-campus learning programs in Egypt, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Hawaii, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico, and Morocco.
Art students have the opportunity to participate in a range of internships around the globe. These mentored learning environments provide valuable hands-on experience with artists and art-related institutions. Students receive university credit for completing an internship and fulfill degree requirements while progressing toward graduation. Faculty facilitate internship opportunities and serve as mentors for art interns throughout their experience.
Recently, many BFA and MFA students have had the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors as they were placed as interns with prominent artists in Berlin, Vienna and Los Angeles. Over the last few years, 11 art students have worked side by side with Berlin-based artist David Thorpe on an ambitious sculptural project. Students have also interned with Torben Giehler and Peter Linde Busk in Berlin, Kirsi Mikkola in Berlin and Vienna, and Monique Prieto and Elizabeth Huey in Los Angeles.
Students who are interested in completing an internship should talk with a potential faculty mentor to discuss options.