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Berlin & Barcelona

Dates

June 30 – July 24, 2021

Subjects

Graphic Design, New Media, Communication, Art History, Posters & Zines

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

New for 2022, the KIIS Berlin & Barcelona program - a multi-destination program with a Graphic Design focus.

KIIS Berlin & Barcelona takes full advantage of two diverse and vibrant cities in Germany and Spain. The program begins in Berlin, in the vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district. Here students have a unique chance to explore Germany’s thriving art, culture, and history. The program then moves to Barcelona, a cosmopolitan seaport on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Walking through this city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Classes are divided between formal classwork, field workshops, and guided excursions that provide students direct contact with the cities, and their museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

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

Accommodations: Berlin: hostel/hotel, 3-4 students per roomBarcelona: residence hall, 2 students per room.  

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022.  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 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 - Typography & Poster

Prof. Rowe Moser

Posters promote or commemorate events, posters inform and educate, posters make political statements. Posters can be hand-painted or highly crafted. 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.

ART 494 Topics: Memorials and Museums in Berlin & 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 496 Topics: Street Scenes/Zine Berlin & Barcelona

Prof. Doreen Maloney

Investigate Berlin’s streets, monuments, and markets with the lens of a camera. Shooting both still image or video to create a portfolio or zine that transcends the snapshot. No prior coursework in art is necessary.

COMM 365 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly

Using Berlin and Barcelona as our classroom, we will explore intercultural communication from a critical perspective. Using intercultural terminology, theories, and perspectives students will examine differences in communication styles within and between cultures. As a result, issues of race, nation, class, gender, religion, immigration, and sexual orientation will be of significant concern.

COMM 415 Topics: Visual Communication

Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly

This course looks at the rise of a memory culture over time, and how this engagement with memory in memorials, artistic projects, design and architectures demonstrates how the politics of memory can reveal aspects of national identity. Students will learn how visual communication plays an important role in our individual, cultural, and collective memories.

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.

Food

Berlin is a foodie’s dream!  From traditional Wurst stands to many different types of Asian, Italian and Russian, and Vegan restaurants, the food and coffee scene in Berlin offers a lot to explore!

Art and Museums

Pergammon Museum, Martin Gropius Bau, Hamburger Hauptbahnhof, KZ Contemporary, the Berlin Biennial, and as many more as we can squeeze in.  Berlin is the museum capital of the world, many of which are world class.

Waldbuhne

If tickets are to be had, we will be attending the last concert performance of Sir Simon Rattle, the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, accompanied by his famous wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, in the outdoor stadium in the Olympic Park.

Spreewald

Spreewald is a lush reserve on the river Spree south of Berlin. This land consists of 200 small canals that wind their ways through quaint old German towns. We will stay overnight in the small town of Burg and canoe or hike in the Spreewald.

Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace

Designed to rival Versailles, Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great. Its name means “without a care”. Potsdam itself is markedly different from Berlin in architecture and feel. We will explore both.

Jewish Museum, Holocaust Memorial, and Sachsenhausen

Berlin’s Jewish Museum is one of the best memorial museums in the world. We will visit the Jewish museum, the Holocaust Memorial, a massive outdoor installation near the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.

Markets and the Berlin Wall

Markets are vibrant, cultural hubs of contemporary German culture, and we will visit several in various parts of the city including the Mauerpark Fleamarket, held in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, making sure to visit the Berlin Wall Documentation Center and Church.

Neighborhood Walks

We begin our trip with several walks around Berlin that will highlight World War II history, the Holocaust of the Jewish culture in Berlin, the Soviet occupation and Berlin’s rebirth as the center of modern Germany.

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), on-site Covid-19 test to return home (if ultimately needed), 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:  $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Berlin & Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to Germany and from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a multi-city round-trip flight ticket (USA-Berlin & Barcelona-USA) 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 Berlin 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, New Media, Communication, Art History, Posters & Zines

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

New for 2022, the KIIS Berlin & Barcelona program - a multi-destination program with a Graphic Design focus.

KIIS Berlin & Barcelona takes full advantage of two diverse and vibrant cities in Germany and Spain. The program begins in Berlin, in the vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district. Here students have a unique chance to explore Germany’s thriving art, culture, and history. The program then moves to Barcelona, a cosmopolitan seaport on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Walking through this city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Classes are divided between formal classwork, field workshops, and guided excursions that provide students direct contact with the cities, and their museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

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

Accommodations: Berlin: hostel/hotel, 3-4 students per roomBarcelona: residence hall, 2 students per room.  

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022.  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 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 - Typography & Poster

Prof. Rowe Moser

Posters promote or commemorate events, posters inform and educate, posters make political statements. Posters can be hand-painted or highly crafted. 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.

ART 494 Topics: Memorials and Museums in Berlin & 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 496 Topics: Street Scenes/Zine Berlin & Barcelona

Prof. Doreen Maloney

Investigate Berlin’s streets, monuments, and markets with the lens of a camera. Shooting both still image or video to create a portfolio or zine that transcends the snapshot. No prior coursework in art is necessary.

COMM 365 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly

Using Berlin and Barcelona as our classroom, we will explore intercultural communication from a critical perspective. Using intercultural terminology, theories, and perspectives students will examine differences in communication styles within and between cultures. As a result, issues of race, nation, class, gender, religion, immigration, and sexual orientation will be of significant concern.

COMM 415 Topics: Visual Communication

Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly

This course looks at the rise of a memory culture over time, and how this engagement with memory in memorials, artistic projects, design and architectures demonstrates how the politics of memory can reveal aspects of national identity. Students will learn how visual communication plays an important role in our individual, cultural, and collective memories.

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.

Food

Berlin is a foodie’s dream!  From traditional Wurst stands to many different types of Asian, Italian and Russian, and Vegan restaurants, the food and coffee scene in Berlin offers a lot to explore!

Art and Museums

Pergammon Museum, Martin Gropius Bau, Hamburger Hauptbahnhof, KZ Contemporary, the Berlin Biennial, and as many more as we can squeeze in.  Berlin is the museum capital of the world, many of which are world class.

Waldbuhne

If tickets are to be had, we will be attending the last concert performance of Sir Simon Rattle, the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, accompanied by his famous wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, in the outdoor stadium in the Olympic Park.

Spreewald

Spreewald is a lush reserve on the river Spree south of Berlin. This land consists of 200 small canals that wind their ways through quaint old German towns. We will stay overnight in the small town of Burg and canoe or hike in the Spreewald.

Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace

Designed to rival Versailles, Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great. Its name means “without a care”. Potsdam itself is markedly different from Berlin in architecture and feel. We will explore both.

Jewish Museum, Holocaust Memorial, and Sachsenhausen

Berlin’s Jewish Museum is one of the best memorial museums in the world. We will visit the Jewish museum, the Holocaust Memorial, a massive outdoor installation near the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.

Markets and the Berlin Wall

Markets are vibrant, cultural hubs of contemporary German culture, and we will visit several in various parts of the city including the Mauerpark Fleamarket, held in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, making sure to visit the Berlin Wall Documentation Center and Church.

Neighborhood Walks

We begin our trip with several walks around Berlin that will highlight World War II history, the Holocaust of the Jewish culture in Berlin, the Soviet occupation and Berlin’s rebirth as the center of modern Germany.

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), on-site Covid-19 test to return home (if ultimately needed), 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:  $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Berlin & Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to Germany and from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a multi-city round-trip flight ticket (USA-Berlin & Barcelona-USA) 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 Berlin 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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