Study Abroad

The Boston College Art Department's Foreign Study offers study abroad options for Art History, Film Studies, and, Studio Art majors. The department assists students with their options under close supervision, as well as providing encouragement.

The Art Department believes strongly that study abroad is worthwhile, exposing students to not only other cultures but other forms and traditions of artistic expression. At the same time, it cautions students to consider their growth and development in their specific major and to integrate study abroad with their chosen area of concentration in consultation with their department advisor.

Students normally come to an Art major in Sophomore or even Junior year, hoping to complete the course work within a short period. The department tries to assist them in doing so with close supervision, as well as encouragement to take several Art History courses in approved programs abroad. Art History majors should plan their study abroad courses in consultation with the department.

No prerequisites are required, although students are encouraged to take Introduction to Art History (ARTH 1101/ARTH 1102) as a foundation for further study. An extensive survey abroad would serve as a substitute. Students are limited to one or two semesters abroad, but prior to Senior year.

Since our department would like to offer its own stamp on the Art History major, the department prefers that the student take no more than three courses abroad. Most often, courses taken abroad are used as major electives. These courses should not be taken in Senior year, since the Senior Seminar is crucial to the completion of the major. In selective programs, e.g., in Florence, the students would be allowed to take an additional course or two with the prior approval of the department.

The most successful programs have been those in Europe—Italy, France, Spain, and England.

The department believes strongly that the study of Art History in a location where there are first-class museums and programs will greatly enhance the student's understanding of the works of art in context. We will try to accommodate most worthwhile programs and make suggestions for the most effective ones based on former students' past experiences.

Art History courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the case of a few pre-approved courses taught on BC Study Abroad Programs. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.

Professor Kenneth Craig is the Art History Study Abroad Advisor and contact for course approval.

Although there are no prerequisites, students are encouraged to take Introduction to Film Art (FM 202) and/or History of European Film (FM 283) to serve as a strong foundation for Film Studies prior to going abroad.

Normally, the student should take no more than three Film Studies courses abroad. With the approval of the co-directors, the student may take other courses where there are solid, established programs, e.g., Paris. These courses should ideally be taken in Junior year, since the student should complete the Senior Project under the close supervision of the advisor within the department. There are no restrictions on the term that a student may study abroad.

Courses taken abroad are often used as major electives. On occasion, parallel courses offered abroad might substitute for the required courses if the syllabi are close in content and approach.

Programs in France, Spain, Italy, England/Scotland, and Australia have been the most successful.

Contact Professor John Michalczyk, the Study Abroad Advisor for Film Studies, for course approval inquiries. Professor Michalczyk strongly approves of the study of foreign film and makes every effort to allow students to select their own areas of interest in world cinema. The Film Studies offerings abroad in general are often limited to three or four courses during any one term. Prior to enrolling in courses abroad, it is required that the student get approval for the courses and have several options in case a specific course is not offered during the term(s) abroad.

Film Studies courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the rare case of a course taught by a BC professor that has been pre-approved for Core credit. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.

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The department believes strongly that study abroad is worthwhile, exposing students to not only other cultures but to other forms and traditions of artistic expression. At the same time, it cautions Studio Art majors to consider their growth and development in the major and to integrate study abroad with their chosen area of concentration in consultation with their department advisor.

Students should have the following courses completed prior to studying abroad:

Two courses (six credits) of the following:·     

  • ARTS1101 – Drawing I (core)
  • ARTS1102 – Painting I (core)
  • ARTS1104 – Design: Seeing is Believing (core)
  • ARTS1107 – Design 1: Foundations (core)
  • ARTS1141 – Ceramics I
  • ARTS1150 – Painting Plus Collage (core)
  • ARTS1161 – Photography I

Courses taken abroad must be approved before departure. It is recommended they are used to fulfill major requirements or to develop the student's area of concentration. Study abroad should be limited to one semester. It is strongly advised that students speak to their faculty advisor about possible ideas for their Senior Project before going abroad.

Studio Art courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the case of a few pre-approved Studio Art courses taught on BC Study Abroad Programs. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.

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Art department instructors, as well as instructors from other Boston College departments and affiliates, offer art and art-related summer courses abroad through the University's Office of International Programs. The application period for these programs begins in mid-October of the prior fall semester, with students accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled or until the early February final deadline. During the summer of 2018 the following Art, Art History, and Film courses are being offered abroad:

Arts Core in Art History Courses Taken Abroad

Art History courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the case of a few pre-approved courses taught on BC Study Abroad Programs. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.

Arts Core in Film Studies Courses Taken Abroad

Film studies courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the rare case of a course taught by a BC professor that has been pre-approved for Core credit. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs' website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.

Arts Core in Studio Art Courses Taken Abroad

Studio Art courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the case of a few pre-approved Studio Art courses taught on BC Study Abroad Programs. Course descriptions on the Office of International Programs' website indicate which courses are Core-eligible.