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DC Summer Institutes for High School Students

Analysis of Architecture & Interiors Through the Ages

Course dates: May 11 - June 29, 2015 
Travel dates: May 23 - June 6, 2015
London, England

Have you ever wished that you could see and experience 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, William Morris’ Red House,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 the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, The Royal Cresent at Bath, Leed Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.    

The city of London and its surroundings are incredibly rich in significant architecture, interiors, and decorative arts. Iconic medieval structures such as Westminster Hall and Abbey coexist with such well-known structures as Buckingham Palace and  modern high-tech buildings, such as Lloyd's of London. During the 13-day 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 (3 credits)
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 for Undergraduate Students: ID 122 
Prerequisite for First Professional Students: ID 487
**NO Prerequisite for Post Professional Students 

ID 558 Interior Design Study Tour (3 credits)
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. 
Faculty: Professors Robin Wagner and Moira Denson
Program Cost
Tuition: $5310 (6 credits)
Program 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 
**The program fee does not include textbooks, personal expenses, some meals, extra baggage and airline fees for flight deviations, cancellations, change fees, etc. Please do not purchase any airline tickets until enrollment for the class is confirmed,after the application deadline.

***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.
Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis, and decisions will be given in a timely manner. However, please be aware that decisions will not be made on a daily basis, so you should expect a delay between when you submit an application and when you receive notification.
Application Deadline: November 14, 2014
Are you interested in taking this class? Applications are now being accepted! 
**Above photo, The Poet of St. Pancras, was taken by Lisa H. Fitzpatrick