Offered biannually, the Summer Travel Drawing Program introduces students to meaningful historic and contemporary developments in architecture and urbanism through the direct and comparative experience of travel and sketching. The program complements history survey courses with empirical observation and emphasizes the intensive development of hand drawing as a fundamental analytical and creative skill for architecture, design, and art students, as well as those interested in the visual documentation of the built environment.
Europe is the featured area of focus for 2013, through a course of study titled "Drawing Environmental Artifacts: Cities, Architecture, Landscapes" led by associate professor Zeuler R. Lima, PhD. Following a four-day preparatory drawing and guidebook workshop in St. Louis, students begin their field study trip in Europe, traveling to significant locations in Portugal, Spain, and France, such as Porto, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, and Paris. Site visits and documentation take place in the morning and afternoon, outlining different aspects of European urban development and historic, modern, and contemporary art, architecture, culture, and society. In each location, time is set aside for alternative independent visits and activities.
The 3-credit program is open to rising juniors and seniors in Architecture and Art, as well as from other programs throughout the University.
Passports and Student Visas
Students obtain their own passports. Students who already have passports should make sure they will be valid at least six months after their last day in Europe. International students should talk to Belinda Lee, Assistant Director of Special Programs, about visa requirements. The School will assist students with the visa application process.
Transportation to and in Europe
The group will fly out of St. Louis after the preparatory on-campus workshop, arriving in Porto, Portugal. Return dates and destinations will be determined by each student. Long-distance travel in Europe will be made by train, using a Eurail pass. Other forms of mass transit will be used for most local trips and visits.
Tuition, Travel Costs, and Housing
Estimated tuition for the four-week program is $3,245. Students are responsible for all additional expenses associated with the program, including travel, lodging, meals, art supplies, books, and admissions fees. Lodging consists of economic, safe, and well-located facilities, including youth hostels, shared rooms in central tourist hotels, and accommodations in two of Le Corbusier's modern projects: the iconic Unité d'Habitation in the Mediterranean city of Marseille and individual cells at La Tourette Convent in the French countryside. Based on previous years, an estimated $4,200 should be budgeted to cover these travel costs.
Short-term student housing will be available during the workshop in St. Louis and should be arranged individually at each student's discretion and need.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Director of Special Programs
Bixby Hall, Suite 1 (lower level)