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BFA in Visual Communications - Illustration

Study Abroad Option - 2013-14

Please see Illustration Study Abroad degree checklist

As part of the campus-wide commitment to the Global Learning Initiative (GLI), Winthrop University and the Department of Design encourages its illustration students to broaden their horizons by participating in a semester abroad program.  Experiencing life and education in another country is becoming increasingly important in today’s global economy and interdependent world.

Winthrop students can participate in a variety of study abroad programs and transfer credit back to Winthrop.  With careful planning from your matriculation as a freshman, a semester abroad can be included in the four-year degree, allowing you to graduate on time.

If you receive financial aid, you can use all of your scholarships, grants, and/or loans toward the cost of study abroad. Winthrop's Office of Financial Aid can advise you about how to make the best use of your financial aid. You can find out about additional financial aid for study abroad at Pay careful attention to the requirements for each scholarship. Winthrop's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) helps students prepare applications for some scholarships.

If you are interested in long-term study abroad of one semester, it is best to do this in the spring of your sophomore year.  Though not obligatory, it is strongly recommended that you pass your specialization review before your semester abroad.

Several study abroad programs offer excellent opportunities for the illustration student to gain an international perspective on the illustration field.  While you can study anywhere in the world, the following are programs that have Illustration-specific courses.

• Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England, just north of Liverpool, is recommended for those who need to meet general education requirements.  This program is one of Winthrop’s 21 “partner programs” where students pay Winthrop tuition to Winthrop and study abroad for the same price.  (As with all study abroad programs, there are extra costs associated with a semester abroad, including airfare, passport, student visa fees, spending money, etc.  Please visit the Study Abroad office in Dinkins 212 for more information.)  For those who might have a specific interest in animation, Edge Hill offers courses specifically in animation.  However, multiple animation courses are only offered to study abroad students if they are willing to commit to a full year at Edge Hill.  In doing so, however, the Winthrop illustration major would NOT be able to complete her course of study within four years.  However, for those who choose a spring semester, MED1215 is available.  Please see for specific information on their “modules” (our “courses”).

Three programs in Italy, listed below, are also good choices for illustration students.  These, however, are NOT considered Winthrop partner programs, thus the student must be prepared to pay a higher price to study at these locations.  Financial aid, however, can be applied to any semester-long study abroad program.  Please visit the International Center for further explanation.   To find out more about these and other international programs, please visit the Study Abroad Portal,

Instituto Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) is in Florence, Italy.  A wide array of courses are available wherein you could satisfy the recommended courses listed in the illustration “4-year Plan, Study Abroad included”.  In addition to Italian language and culture classes, there are a number of 300+ level Art History courses available.  Of unique interest in this program are courses in Art Restoration (including Fresco), Architecture, and Fashion Illustration.

Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is located in Florence.  Again, the Italian language and Italian culture courses are readily available.  There is an illustration class that has a double emphasis on book cover illustration and children’s book illustration.  There are a number of visiting professionals invited as guest speakers.  The course also includes a field trip to the Bologna Book Fair, THE most important annual international event for professionals involved in children’s book publishing. 

There is also a lecture/studio course on Italian Fashion Design, covering basic techniques of design and production, as well as a historical and hands-on approach to Italy’s fashion companies.

American University of Rome (AUR).  As one might expect, Italian language and culture courses as well as Art History are readily available.  Studio courses are very limited in this program.  They are more of a fine art nature than the commercial needs of illustration or design. However, the Italian Sketchbook class includes museum visits and location drawing of such places as the Colosseum, the Forum, Piazza Venezia, Santa Maria degli Angeli, the Garden of Oranges, the Anglican Cemetery, the Capitoline museums, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, along the Tiber River, Villa Borghese or the unforgettable view from atop the Gianicolo.


Keep in mind that there are Summer Study Abroad opportunities as well as Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Abroad courses available at Winthrop. 

For more information or to begin planning your study abroad experience please contact your advisor or schedule an appointment with a representative in Student Services. Information can also be found at the International Center of Winthrop University.  

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