ART 331 Visual Thinking | Visualizing Berlin (3 hours)
Berlin's history and culture provide a multitude of avenues to explore, both literally and figuratively. Excursions to historical sites as well as cultural hot spots will be the vehicle for creating visual responses that will deepen and document your observations and understanding of the context. You will capture your reactions through photography, sketches, and written reflections. Material will be designed into multi-page weekly "chapters" centered around data visualization design that you will create - such as maps, diagrams, charts, timelines, combined with elements which enhance the understanding of the information including writing and other images you might create (photography, illustration, collage, mixed media). These weekly "chapters" you design will visualize the city in which you are studying, ultimately creating a journal of your own Berlin experience. Taught in Berlin by Prof. Leslie Friesen.

ART 430 Graphic Design | Typography & Poster (3 hours)
Berlin is a treasure trove of design and typography. You'll immerse yourselves in Berlin's treasure trove of design, with a special focus on typography - found in signage or on cemetery headstones, or created by Berlin-based type designers - and use it as the source for poster designs. Possible excursions include the Bauhaus Archiv, the Buchstaben Museum, and visits to graphic and type designers' studios. You will design four posters (one per week) responding to what you've experienced. Design process will include idea generation through multiple thumbnail sketches, then developing a selected idea into a more refined poster. Your process work and final poster designs, as well as other related imagery and reflections, will be compiled in a catalog of your work. Through these experiences and the work you produce, you will add to your knowledge of typography and to your design skills. Laptop with design and photo editing software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite); prior course work in graphic design preferred. Taught in Berlin by Prof. Leslie Friesen.

ART 491 Topics: Curatorial Studies - Constructing Space Berlin (3 hours)
Building from the assumption that no space is neutral, the class will explore the aesthetics of various places and their influence on meaning through a combination of readings, discussions, field trips, and written assignments. We will investigate interior and exterior features of art galleries and museums, sacred spaces, civic spaces, memorial sites, and green spaces throughout the city. Over the course of the program, students will respond both critically and creatively to actual space in order to explore its layered context. Taught in Berlin by Prof. Becky Alley.

ART 496 Topics: Street Scenes Berlin - Digital Photo and Zine (3 hours)
Investigate Berlin's infamous streets, east vs. west, districts, monuments, flea markets, people, museums, its architecture, its culture of outdoor cafes and restaurants, and its world-class art scene with the lens of a camera. Use a digital camera or phones to shoot both still images and possibly video to create a portfolio of images that transcend the snapshot. Students will shoot and critique images daily. In this seminar we will be creating three sets of works and exploring how to articulate ideas through design and composition. Students explore how photographic images can demonstrate an idea, experience, implicate the viewer, address location specifically (and non-specifically) and create meaning through montage and juxtapositions. You learn how to critically take photographs and express yourself through the critique process. No prior coursework in art is necessary. You will need a laptop and a digital camera. Camera phones can be used as a camera for this class, but DSLRs are preferred. Taught in Berlin by Prof. Doreen Maloney.

ART 496 Topics: Book Arts - Memorials and Memory (3 hours)
Informed by readings and discussions deeply probing the implications of place, students will create handmade books and journals from a variety of items gathered in Berlin and other locations visited during the program. Particular emphasis will be placed on monuments and memorials throughout the city as points of departure for further exploration of site, memory, and the nature of materials as containers of meaning. No art background is required. The basics of construction, design elements, and materiality will be taught and explored via class exercises and assignments. Taught in Berlin by Prof. Becky Alley.

Please note: All courses are taught in English. Each student must take at least one three-credit hour course. However, students typically take two three-credit hour courses. The program fee is the same if you take one or two courses. A student cannot take more than two three-credit-hour courses. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.

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