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Study Abroad

CDES 390B Contemporary Design in Denmark

Spring 2018

Students in this study abroad course explore contemporary design practices in Denmark. Danish design is culturally defined by a clean aesthetic, emphasis on Functionality, and empathy for the human experience. In this course, students produce design solutions that reflect Danish design philosophy, specifically as it relates to design that embraces universal access, eco-friendly values, and the adoption of new technologies. Through design research practices, students analyze how democratic design has positively impacted life in Denmark. Students explore how Danish communication design works in the context of the monumental Scandinavian design movement, and compare Scandinavian design with current design practices in the United States. Students create design work that combines field study and studio practice in response to the social and cultural immersion of a study abroad experience in Denmark.

Pre- or Co-Req: CDES 2222; Pre-Reqs: ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531 with C- or better in each; and permission of department

Please Contact: Lisa Abendroth 303.615.0102


Barcelona, Spain

May-June 2018

Six credits, Four weeks, A Lifetime of Memories

Spain has long attracted artists, scholars, and romantics. Experience the world of Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali. Explore a medieval city, an active pilgrimage site, and a gothic cathedral. This program will consist of one week in Denver, over two weeks in Barcelona, and a weekend in Madrid. Students will earn 6 hours of credit.

“Barcelona Mobile Studio” - Prof. Michael Bernhardt

Explore methods for operating as a visual artist in unfamiliar locations, making art with inexpensive and readily available materials, planning larger and more developed artworks based on research and exploration of specific sites, and responding to new art making situations rapidly and effectively. Students will collaborate on ephemeral art making interventions in public settings as well as independent work.

“Convivencia: Art and Faith in Medieval and Early Modern Spain” - Dr. Jessica Weiss

Discover the web of production and consumption that surrounds religious artworks and monuments of Spain’s pre-modern past. We will begin with the Roman pagan and early Christian roots, extend through the medieval period including the impact of the Islamic conquest and Jewish populations, and culminate in the reimagining of Christianity during the Counter-Reformation.

Site visits will include:

  • A pilgrimage to Montserrat
  • Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
  • The Gothic Quarter
  • The Dalí Museum
  • The Prado in Madrid
  • Medieval city of Toledo
  • Many more!


PREREQUISITES: Studio Foundations + One other ART, ARTH, or CDES course

Barcelona 2018 Itinerary

Barcelona Study Abroad 2018 – Financial Information

Daniels Memorial Scholarship for Barcelona 2018

Now accepting deposits here!

Please Contact: Michael Bernhardt or Jessica Weiss


Previous Programs

Winterim in Morocco, 2016-2017

Read about the student's travels here.

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