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Art and Design in Asia - Seoul, Korea


Seoul, Korea

Program Description

The study abroad program in Seoul will introduce an international unique experience, understanding of East-Asia cultures, and to enhance their problem solving capabilities through Art, Design, and culture in Seoul, Korea. Teaching and learning activities are including classes, seminars, and field trip as well as visit traditional and contemporary art museum, medieval Korean palace, DMZ, etc. Students will be experienced a fantastic shopping, foods, fun districts in Seoul. This will be a truly unforgettable moment in your life. Objectives of the Course – Students will:- Experience the diverse cultures of creative cities through the common language of design and share contemporary design & artist knowledge. - Learning and understanding a global design thinking.- Dealing with interpersonal relationships- Participate seminars and lectures at leading universities, design centers, and design firms. - Visiting traditional and art & design museums, landmarks in city, street markets, etc. - Participate in cultural events.

Location Description

Seoul is a city with over 2,000 years of history. Seoul has been the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years. Seoul is a city vibrant with tradition and history coexisting with the dynamic, cutting-edge technology of the 21st century. The city is carrying out diverse and dynamic implementation programs that were developed with consideration of the social and economic impact as well as a strong design infrastructure. Seoul held Design Olympiad 2009, World Design Capital 2010, The UNESCO Creative Cities Network Conference Seoul 2011 as well as Seoul was selected UNESCO as a creative City of Design in 2010. Seoul is now seeking to become a city with improved standards of creative culture and a city for the people in which design is a part of everyday life. Seoul is making efforts to transform the notion that design is a field exclusive to professional designers and artists to a concept that it is a creative activity in which anyone can participate.


Jun Bum Shin | | Art, Design and Art History


Housing will stay at the traditional Korean House (Hanok) and very comfortable accommodation hotel (16 nights). All rooms and meals will be provided by program fee. * The Hanok, traditional Korean house, offers unique features and experience that include natural housing materials and minimalist architectural designs based upon a harmony of location and design that is proven to be a therapeutically healing and spiritual source of internal energy.

Additional Items to Consider

All majors are welcome, but it will be of particular interest to:• Art, Design, and Art History• Environmental minors• Geographic Science and ISAT• History• Foreign language• Sociology and Anthropology• Media Arts and Design• Economics• Business

This program is targeted to sophomores through graduate students.

Visas, immunizations, background checks for travel not required

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • Attend an interview with the program director, prior to application deadline: Jun Bum Shin  |  |  Art, Design and Art History

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.7.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GRPH 390: Independent Study in Graphic Design (3 credits)

GPRH 392: Special Topic in Graphic Design: Global Design Thinking (3 credits)

ART 392: Topics in Art: Photography in Seoul (3 credits)