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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Malmo, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hostel
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Dominique Brown
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:


Copenhagen

Design, landscape, and society will introduce students to the unique relationships among Scandinavian society, landscape, and culture with a focus on how they have affected the development of modern design in Scandinavia. The program will travel through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, lodging in Oslo, Stockholm, and Malmö with day trips to Lund and Copenhagen. Students will be visiting sites of cultural and historical significance, museums, and sites of architectural importance. Most importantly they will visiting design studios throughout the trip to talk with working professionals about the impact that the particular Scandinavian context has had on their design process.

The objective of the program is to offer students new perspectives about the designer’s relationship to society and the natural world. Aside from this students will get a hands-on introduction to the history of Scandinavian design. While Scandinavian design is roundly considered some of the best in the world, this attitude is often reduced to platitudes about functionalism and notions of modernism as style. This program will provide students with the opportunity to discover connections between contemporary design and the cultural history of the people and the landscape they inhabit. Scandinavian society’s deeply democratic attitudes also affect cultural attitudes surrounding society’s access to design and designed objects.

An understanding of modern design is fundamental to any education in graphic design (or any design discipline), however this understanding is often cursory and focuses largely on the philosophy of the Bauhaus in the early 20th century. The importance of the Bauhaus notwithstanding, many other conceptions of modernism exist. The Scandinavian lens on modernism in many ways resonates more deeply with contemporary attitudes about the role of the designer in society. This trip provides students with the opportunity to engage with this approach to design, and to find ways to locate themselves within (or without) it through a project using critical making to document their experiences while abroad. Click here for a video about the program.

*Please note that there will be a lot of walking on this trip- don't forget to bring comfortable shoes!

 

Nate Matteson is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. His teaching and design work encompasses both print and digital with a strong emphasis on Typography. His research often specializes in Scandinavian design and culture, and includes several corresponding publications and awards. When he isn’t teaching Nate is working on product designs for his company Obstructures.
 



 
Heather Quinn is a Professional Lecturer in Graphic Design. Her creative and pedagogical work focuses on design’s potential to transform our personal narratives and experiences. She has presented her work throughout the United States and Europe. Previously she worked as a creative director developing brands and experiences for Fortune 500 companies.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
 
Course GD 380 (Undergraduate)/ DMA 599 (Graduate): Design, Landscape and Society
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Liberal Studies Domain EL (Experiential Learning)
Taught by Nathan Matteson
Course description Design, landscape, and society will introduce students to the unique relationships among Scandinavian society, landscape, and culture with a focus on how they have affected the development of modern design in Scandinavia. The program will travel through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, lodging in Oslo, Stockholm, and Malmö with day trips to Lund and Copenhagen. Students will be visiting sites of cultural and historical significance, museums, and sites of architectural importance. Most importantly they will visiting design studios throughout the trip to talk with working professionals about the impact that the particular Scandinavian context has had on their design process.
Class meeting times TBD
 
Course GD 390: Design, Landscape and Society
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Liberal Studies Domain EL (Experiential Learning)
Taught by Heather Quinn
Course description Design, landscape, and society will introduce students to the unique relationships among Scandinavian society, landscape, and culture with a focus on how they have affected the development of modern design in Scandinavia. The program will travel through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, lodging in Oslo, Stockholm, and Malmö with day trips to Lund and Copenhagen. Students will be visiting sites of cultural and historical significance, museums, and sites of architectural importance. Most importantly they will visiting design studios throughout the trip to talk with working professionals about the impact that the particular Scandinavian context has had on their design process.
Class meeting times TBD
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students will be staying in hostels.
 

Visits to contemporary Scandinavian visual, experience, and architectural design firms—touring studios, meet designers, discussing their work and process. Museums of Scandinavian culture (Viking ship museum, Museum of Sketching and Process, Swedish Architecture and Design Center, Malmö Form and Design Center, Norwegian Architecture and Design Center, Louisiana Art Museum and Sculpture Garden, etc.) Sites of cultural significance (open air markets, Christiania commune, Grundtvig Church, Sankt Petri Church, Woodland Cemetery, Gamla Stan (Old Town of Stockholm), Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, etc.)
 

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.
 

DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
 

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your travel dates. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Scandinavia: Design, Landscape, and Society program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change.
 

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Keep your money in multiple locations (pocket, purse, etc.) just in case you lose your wallet! That said, make sure you keep track of your things.
  • Dress warm.
  • Download the Google Maps of each city beforehand so that if you don’t have international data, you’ll still be able to navigate while you’re there.
  • Go to the Toy Museum in Sweden!
  • Have your passport readily available as it will likely be checked at each checkpoint.
  • Bring a pair of boots and a pair of gym/walking shoes depending on the weather.
  • Look at restaurant menus before attending if you have any dietary restrictions as meat and cheese are large parts of the dietary culture.
  • Speak to the locals, you’ll learn so much!
  • Be prepared to spend a bit more than you would expect on food as Scandinavia is a bit more pricey than the US and there aren’t many fast-food options like there are in our culture.


If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.