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International Experience

An international experience is an important part of the Stamps curriculum.


Under­grad­u­ate Inter­na­tional Experience

When aspir­ing artists and design­ers are given the oppor­tu­nity to step out of a famil­iar envi­ron­ment and observe another cul­ture, where the role and sta­tus assigned to artists and design­ers may be rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent than the U.S., it fos­ters cre­ative insights, encour­ages inde­pen­dence, and pre­pares stu­dents to nego­ti­ate dif­fer­ence and adapt to unfa­mil­iar sit­u­a­tions. The changed per­spec­tive gained through this process of observ­ing, adapt­ing, and adjust­ing makes stu­dents bet­ter global cit­i­zens and more com­pet­i­tive for employ­ment, fel­low­ships, and grad­u­ate school.

The Stamps School of Art & Design Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence pre­pares stu­dents to thrive in cul­tur­ally diverse set­tings as they bring their design and art prac­tices into the world. The objec­tives for these Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ences are to:

    • Challenge students to experience their art and design practices in new cultures
    • Facilitate development of personal and professional connections with designers and artists from diverse cultures
    • Increase student interest in and ability to negotiate diverse cultures
    • Increase student independence and adaptability

    The Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence is required for all BA in Art & Design and BFA in Art & Design stu­dents except those whose per­ma­nent address is not in the U.S., who are enrolled in the BFA in Inter­arts Per­for­mance, or who are enrolled in the Art & Design minor. The require­ment can be ful­filled through a Stamps-spon­sored study abroad pro­gram; an approved intern­ship; or, an inde­pen­dent research, vol­un­teer, or ser­vice-learn­ing expe­ri­ence that has been pre-approved. Stamps pre-approved pro­gram loca­tions include Costa Rica, Den­mark, France, India, Ire­land, Italy, Japan, the U.K., and more. The Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence needs to be at least three weeks in dura­tion, located out­side the US, and take place after matric­u­la­tion at U‑M but not dur­ing the first year at Stamps or dur­ing the Sopho­more Review semester.

    Visit the Stamps Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence Can­vas site (access restricted to cur­rent stu­dents) for detailed infor­ma­tion on the require­ment, part­ner pro­grams, and resources to help you pre­pare for your time abroad.

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    Grad­u­ate Inter­na­tional Experience

    Sum­mer field research is a vital com­po­nent of the MFA pro­gram, and Stamps sup­ports a 3‑credit, three- to five-week inter­na­tional or domes­tic project for all grad­u­ate stu­dents in good aca­d­e­mic stand­ing. Empha­sis is placed on work­ing inter­na­tion­ally, and stu­dents are strongly encour­aged to seek projects abroad. Cross­ing polit­i­cal and cul­tural bound­aries to immerse one­self in other ways of per­ceiv­ing and inter­pret­ing the world gen­er­ates global per­spec­tive, new life expe­ri­ences and cre­ative insights. The expe­ri­ence will yield height­ened self-aware­ness, increased knowl­edge and access to new net­works that will strengthen the student’s sub­se­quent oppor­tu­ni­ties, includ­ing invi­ta­tions to serve as res­i­dent artists, par­tic­i­pate in exhi­bi­tions or other kinds of col­lab­o­ra­tions, pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for appli­ca­tions for Ful­bright fel­low­ships and other post-grad­u­ate fund­ing opportunities.

    Inter­na­tional News & Stories

    Learn about the Stamps Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence in these articles.