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Art History / Digital Photography / Contemporary World History -Emerson College Summer Programs 2017
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

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Topics in Art History and Digital Photography - The Role of the Portrait and Self Portrait

This course will provide students with the opportunity to study and compare two different means of artistic expression made in two completely different time periods: The “premodern,” more artisanal style, and the meaning and methods of interpretation of old master paintings of the Renaissance will be compared and contrasted to the meaning and methods of interpretation of modern image-making, in particular of digital photography.
The digital photography component of the summer program contains both a theoretical and a practical–creative part. It will reflect upon and critically analyze the medium of photography in general, and of digital photography in particular, both from an ethical and an aesthetical point of view. Students will live at Kasteel Well for the duration of the program and go on several excursions such as Bruges, Ghent, Florence, and Venice, to visit museums and attend photo exhibitions.

A selection from the picture-taking assignments of students will result in an exhibit at Kasteel Well.

Program period: May 19 - June 25, 2017 (5 weeks)
Program Fees: US$7,390 (8 Emerson College Credits)

Berlin: The Turbulent Past and Glorious Present of a Global City

No other European city since the First World War underwent such a variety of rapid changes in politics, economy, the visual arts, film and theater, and in its physical appearance than the city of Berlin. In this interdisciplinary program, students will learn through the study of history, the visual arts, literature and film how Berlin in every decade of the 20thcentury wrote history. Berlin’s importance as a cinematic metropolis since the 1920s offers a faithful reflection of all these decennial changes: from a city producing film with controversial, yet universal topics, it developed the cinema into an impressive propaganda machine during the Nazi period, to then focus on stories set in the post-war era of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall.
Students will spend the first two weeks at Kasteel Well, participating in academic field trips to Cologne and Bonn, and then sojourn two weeks in Berlin from where Potsdam and Dresden will be visited. This course will make clear how fast Germany and its new capital recovered from the scars of war and from the east-west dichotomy growing into the young, diverse, vital and booming global city it is today.

Program period: May 26 - June 25, 2017 (4 weeks)
Program Fees: US$7,900 (8 Emerson College Credits)

Program Fees include:
* Tuition
* Arrival and Departure (group) ground transportation to/from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to/from Kasteel Well campus
* Required excursion city accommodations and some meals
* Required excursion city museum admissions and special event entry tickets
* Third Party Liability Insurance. This policy will cover a student's personal liability for damages, loss of property, injury, or death caused or inflicted while participating in the Kasteel Well Program
* International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
* Admission to a number of social activities on campus
NOT included are:
* Return Airfare to/from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
* Meals on Saturdays and Sundays (except for during required excursions)
* Medical Health Insurance (All participants must have a Medical Health Insurance covering Europe)
* Students must arrange for valid visa/passport on their own before arrival.

Enquiries: Mr Cyrus Chan (email: / tel +852 3917 4984)

Date/Time05/06/2017 09:00-18:00

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 06/12/2016 11:00(HKT) to 26/01/2017 12:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Registration is now closed.

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