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Lens on London: Interiors through the Ages

May 17-June 1, 2013
London, England
Lens on London: Interiors Through the Ages
Have you ever wished that you could see the buildings, interiors, and furnishings you studied in history of interiors or used in a studio project? Here’s your chance to do that!

The summer study tour will explore many well-known buildings and interiors from the Middle Ages to the present. You will visit Chiswick House, Strawberry Hill, and Osterly Park and see the work of Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Adam, John Nash, William Morris, Richard Rogers, and Sir Norman Foster. We will spend a day in world-renown Victoria and Albert Museum, which is filled with furniture and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day. Day trips include William Morris’ Red House, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton and Bath.

The city of London and its surroundings are incredibly rich in significant architecture, interiors, and decorative arts. Iconic medieval structures, such as Westminster Abbey or Hampton Court, coexist with such well-known structures as Buckingham Palace; architect-designed residences as Osterly Park, and high-tech buildings, such as Lloyd's of London. During the 12-say sojourn in London, you will visit important buildings and interiors and see the work of well-known architects, furniture makers, and designers. Architecture and interior design history will come alive!
Participants will take two graduate courses; however, undergraduates who have a 3.0 GPA in Interior Design courses may enroll as well. Credits may count as electives in the student's current undergraduate program.

ID 515 Field Study and Advanced Rendering
Focuses on increased visual awareness through application of advanced rendering and field-study sketching techniques. The creative process of seeing and thinking to gain visual literacy is thoroughly developed. Specific sketch topics analyze forms of the built environment and explore new awareness in observational skills. Renderings examine light and shadow compositions, spatial concepts, and compositional frames. Computer rendering is integrated as a tool in the studio environment to transform the original sketches and further develop ways of design thinking. Prerequisite: ID 214. (3)

ID 558 Interior Design Study Tour
Short-term study tours to a variety of locations provide an in-depth examination of the history and aesthetics of architecture, interiors, furniture, and art spanning a range of periods in the United States and abroad. In selected cities, participants will visit museums, significant buildings, and sites. Outcomes may be cross-cultural analyses of historical context and/or design problem solving. (3)
Faculty: Dr. Bridget May and Robin Wagner
Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $4,860 (6 credits)
Fee: $900
The program fee covers
  • housing (double occupancy)
  • local transportation to site visits, cultural activities, and tickets to any activities that are integral to the course
Program fee does not include airfare, textbooks, and personal expenses. Please do not purchase any airline tickets until enrollment for the class is confirmed, after January 25.
MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. You are responsible for making all timely payments to Marymount University.

Application Deadline: December 14, 2012
Learn about the application process here >>