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Barcelona

Dates

June 30 – July 24, 2021

Subjects

Graphic Design, Branding, Architecture, Art History, Typography & Poster

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Barcelona program operates every year. In odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, etc.) the program will have a Graphic Design focus.

KIIS Barcelona takes full advantage of this cosmopolitan seaport on the Mediterranean. Walking through the city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Barcelona also boasts a beachfront, Olympic village (1992), hiking trails, and easy access to other Spanish cities, as well as other European centers. Classes may include walking tours, museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Residence hall, 2 students per room

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ART 494 Topics: Art and Architecture in Barcelona

Dr. Eileen McKiernan-Gonzalez

Barcelona is one of the great centers of art in Europe. This course will look at the developments of art and architecture in the city and how it connected beyond. Using the city as our classroom, the course will analyze the developments of art in Barcelona within the European Mediterranean context.

ART 331 Visual Thinking - Storytelling

Prof. Rowe Moser

The dynamic literary medium of comics and graphic novels uses a unique language that’s all its own. In this all-levels, hands-on class, students will develop essential skills for powerful, versatile storytelling in words and pictures, including writing, drawing, visual language, crafting narratives, developing characters, storyboarding, and typography.

ART 430 Graphic Design - Poster Design

Prof. Leslie Friesen

Posters promote or commemorate events, posters inform and educate, posters make political statements. Posters can be hand-painted on cardboard or highly crafted and produced. Regardless of their purpose or production method, posters need presence to quickly and powerfully communicate their message. In this class we will both observe and create. What is the poster landscape in Barcelona? How is what we are observing similar or different to posters we see in our own culture?

ART 496 Topics: Environmental Graphic Design

Prof. Leslie Friesen

Whether navigating a museum, an airport, a shopping district, a store, environmental design creates the visual sense of the place as well as provides visual clues for how to navigate the space. Environmental design is the intersection between graphic design, interior design, and user experience design. Students will create their own personal visual journal of places experienced in Barcelona and propose a design for how a physical space could be reimagined.

ART 496 Topics: Multi Platform Campaign Design

Prof. Rowe Moser

This course will be a hands-on class where students will create effective cross-platform ad campaigns for Barcelona Tourism, sourcing material from the city itself. We’ll be focusing on creating a campaign package that will include animated HTML5 banners, posters, brochures, and GIFs for eblasts.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Please speak to your home campus advisor or study abroad office for course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Flamenco Show at the Palau de la Musica Catalana

Dance performance is set in the extravagant Modernist concert hall.  The stained glass and glazed tile are a feast of their own.

City of Barcelona Museum

The MUHBA includes an archaeological site that traverses the history of the city from Roman to Gothic streets.  This visit to the museum introduces the city center and historic sites as well as navigating the city on your own through public transportation.

Neighborhood Walk

We willl walk through the Pedralbes area around our program housing to help you get your bearings for landmarks, local restaurants, grocery stores, shops and so on.

National Museum of Catalan Art

The MNAC is a signature museum with a collection of Catalan art from Romanesque to 19th century.  It is situated on Montjuic, the Mount of Joy, overlooking the city.

Classical Spanish Guitar Concert

We will attend a candle lit classical guitar concert in the 14th century gothic chapter house of the church of Santa Ana.  

Montserrat Mountains & Monastery

Pilgrimage site since the 11th century with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys.  A day of hiking (up to students how strenuous) outside the city.  

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Accommodations

Breakfast

Barcelona Metro/Bus Pass

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1100 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,400 – $1,500

The KIIS Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Barcelona, Spain is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Barcelona departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

June 30 – July 24, 2021

Subjects

Graphic Design, Branding, Architecture, Art History, Typography & Poster

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Barcelona program operates every year. In odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, etc.) the program will have a Graphic Design focus.

KIIS Barcelona takes full advantage of this cosmopolitan seaport on the Mediterranean. Walking through the city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Barcelona also boasts a beachfront, Olympic village (1992), hiking trails, and easy access to other Spanish cities, as well as other European centers. Classes may include walking tours, museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Residence hall, 2 students per room

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ART 494 Topics: Art and Architecture in Barcelona

Dr. Eileen McKiernan-Gonzalez

Barcelona is one of the great centers of art in Europe. This course will look at the developments of art and architecture in the city and how it connected beyond. Using the city as our classroom, the course will analyze the developments of art in Barcelona within the European Mediterranean context.

ART 331 Visual Thinking - Storytelling

Prof. Rowe Moser

The dynamic literary medium of comics and graphic novels uses a unique language that’s all its own. In this all-levels, hands-on class, students will develop essential skills for powerful, versatile storytelling in words and pictures, including writing, drawing, visual language, crafting narratives, developing characters, storyboarding, and typography.

ART 430 Graphic Design - Poster Design

Prof. Leslie Friesen

Posters promote or commemorate events, posters inform and educate, posters make political statements. Posters can be hand-painted on cardboard or highly crafted and produced. Regardless of their purpose or production method, posters need presence to quickly and powerfully communicate their message. In this class we will both observe and create. What is the poster landscape in Barcelona? How is what we are observing similar or different to posters we see in our own culture?

ART 496 Topics: Environmental Graphic Design

Prof. Leslie Friesen

Whether navigating a museum, an airport, a shopping district, a store, environmental design creates the visual sense of the place as well as provides visual clues for how to navigate the space. Environmental design is the intersection between graphic design, interior design, and user experience design. Students will create their own personal visual journal of places experienced in Barcelona and propose a design for how a physical space could be reimagined.

ART 496 Topics: Multi Platform Campaign Design

Prof. Rowe Moser

This course will be a hands-on class where students will create effective cross-platform ad campaigns for Barcelona Tourism, sourcing material from the city itself. We’ll be focusing on creating a campaign package that will include animated HTML5 banners, posters, brochures, and GIFs for eblasts.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Please speak to your home campus advisor or study abroad office for course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Flamenco Show at the Palau de la Musica Catalana

Dance performance is set in the extravagant Modernist concert hall.  The stained glass and glazed tile are a feast of their own.

City of Barcelona Museum

The MUHBA includes an archaeological site that traverses the history of the city from Roman to Gothic streets.  This visit to the museum introduces the city center and historic sites as well as navigating the city on your own through public transportation.

Neighborhood Walk

We willl walk through the Pedralbes area around our program housing to help you get your bearings for landmarks, local restaurants, grocery stores, shops and so on.

National Museum of Catalan Art

The MNAC is a signature museum with a collection of Catalan art from Romanesque to 19th century.  It is situated on Montjuic, the Mount of Joy, overlooking the city.

Classical Spanish Guitar Concert

We will attend a candle lit classical guitar concert in the 14th century gothic chapter house of the church of Santa Ana.  

Montserrat Mountains & Monastery

Pilgrimage site since the 11th century with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys.  A day of hiking (up to students how strenuous) outside the city.  

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Accommodations

Breakfast

Barcelona Metro/Bus Pass

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1100 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,400 – $1,500

The KIIS Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Barcelona, Spain is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Barcelona departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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