Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is offering two study-abroad trips during the Maymester 2012 session — to France and to Scotland — which are also open to community members.
“Watkins Goes to France,” a 12-day trip set for May 15-26, will be led by associate professor Steve Wilkison, who has traveled to France nearly two dozen times.
Participants will experience some the most vibrant and historical cities and regions in the world through an itinerary that includes Paris (four days), the Loire Valley, Brittany (Chartres Cathedral), Normandy (St. Malo, Mont-St-Michel, D-Day sites), Rouen, the French Riviera (Nice and Eze), and Monaco.
Students will have the option to earn college credit with a Humanities course entitled “Art & Design Explorations Abroad.”
Trip cost of approximately $3,900 includes all transportation (round-trip flights, bus and train); lodging, full-time tour director, insurance, some meals and sightseeing. A $95 enrollment fee is required by January 31, 2012. All program costs must be paid 30 days before the trip commences.
Watkins is offering the France trip in partnership with Education First (EF) College Study Tours.
For the second time, Professor Joy McKenzie will lead a 20-day photography trip to Scotland, May 17-June 5.
Main residence for the stay is the historic Hospitalfield House (www.hospitalfield.org.uk/) in Arbroath, Angus, just north of Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland overlooking the North Sea. Dating back to the 13th century, Hospitalfield House is an outstanding example of 19th century architecture and a prototype for the Scottish Arts & Crafts movement. It has played host to many of Scotland’s finest painters, effectively serving as the country’s first school of fine art, and is now a residential arts centre, music and conference venue.
Class excursions will include Edinburgh, Dundee, Orkney Islands, towns, parks and lakes in the region, castles such as Dunnattar and Earl’s Palace, museums, gardens, cathedrals, historic houses, standing stone circles, traditional Scottish music venues, and walks in the glens.
The class can be taken for course credit or audited as a non-credit course; because it is a photography studio elective, students are expected to have either a manual or digital camera.
Program cost of $3,000 includes all lodging, meals and ground transportation; participants are responsible for their own airfare. A $250 deposit is required and all program costs must be paid by March 15, 2012.
Watkins is offering this opportunity through the Study-Abroad Program of the Southern Illinois University/Carbondale.
For more information, contact Joy McKenzie at [email protected] or 615.277.7450.