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Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Art, Art History and Design is an enriching and transformational experience that provides students with unique opportunities for academic, social, and personal growth. Students who engage in international study programs are likely to return with a deeper and richer understanding of international, political, and economic issues. You learn in-depth about your host country, gain a better understanding of world affairs and are able to experience cultural diversity first hand.

Our professors lead informative and exciting study abroad trips each year, typically in the summer semesters. Currently the largest and longest running trip is to Italy. Students can also study in England, Ireland and Brazil, depending on availability and course offerings. For more information, please contact the department.

UNF Italy: Art, Culture and History

Locations: Florence, Massa Marittima, Rome, and Naples

Dates: May 17-June 24 , 2023

coliseum from Italy with clouds in the background

The UNF Department of Art and Design is delighted to announce plans for its twelfth study abroad program in Italy. Held in Summer C, students travel to the historic urban centers of Florence, Rome, and Naples, visit important archeological sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, and experience some of the most important museums and works of art and architecture in the world such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s David and the Sistine Chapel. The small Tuscan Hilltown of Massa Marittima is also included.

Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be of sophomore standing by the time of departure, and take 6 hours of courses in art history, photography, or art. All majors are welcome. Faculty leaders are Professor Christopher Trice and Dr. Debra Murphy. 

The program cost is $5,800.00 excluding airfare, tuition, and incidentals.

For the itinerary and additional information contact or


Design and Photography Study Abroad

Location: London | Dates: June 28 to July 18 2023


Design and Illustration

Location: Ireland | Dates: TBD, Summer 2024

Once Upon a Time in Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Symbols for Children’s Literature
This course will introduce to students to the rich history or Ireland’s myths, folklore, and use of symbols within their storytelling.  Students will create a their own children's book based on a myth and use a digital portable tables (such as an iPad) to create their digital illustrations. Students must supply their own portable tablet, such as an iPad, Surface, etc. for outdoor projects. Various styli will be discussed before departing overseas. Students will experience studio visits, guest speakers, and sketching workshops. Main stay near Dublin with excursions to Galway, Cork and Belfast (Northern Ireland/UK)

Program Highlights:

  • Guest speaker, The Dead Zoo, Children’s author and illustrator Peter Donnelly
  • A visit to Dublin Illustrator Steve Simpson’s studio
  • A viewing of the Book of Kells located in Trinity College’s famous library.
  • Visit to Gaeltacht UCD Global Centre for Irish Language and Culture
  • Pub Scrawl with Dublin and Galway Sketch Club groups
  • Silkscreen workshop with Damn Fine Printshop

Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (a 2.8 is preferred,) be of sophomore standing by the time of departure and taken 6 hours of courses in graphic design/digital media, photography or painting/drawing. All Art and Design majors are welcome. Other majors will be considered.

Previous Programs:

Design and Printmaking Study Abroad

Location: Brazil | Dates: Summer 2022


Brazilian born Professors Scaff (Graphic Design) and Goloborotko, (Printmaking) will lead the Study Abroad Bahia 2020. Participating students will immerse themselves in Brazilian art and culture from contemporary art, design, and history to social and environmental sustainability. During this vibrant and enveloping experience, students will create numerous individual and collective printmaking projects that will serve as building blocks for a significant graphic design project for a non-profit art organization. This immersive, experiential, and transformational experience will be permeated with graphic design and art studio and museums visits, exposure to music and dance performances, and participation in popular culture festivities and events.


Salvador: Founded in 1549 on the northeast coast of Brazil, Salvador, Bahia is considered one of the oldest cities in the New World. The first colonial capital of Brazil and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Salvador is noted for its colonial architecture, historic churches, folklore, music, and cuisine. Populated by various ethnic groups-Native American, African, and European-Salvador is a converging center of many cultures.

National Park of Chapada Diamantina: Established in 1985, this is the largest Brazilian national parks outside the Amazon region. With various archeological sites, including the 30.000 years old cave paintings, and the rich architecture left by the mining period, the park is surrounded by natural ecosystems and scenic beauty.

Course Requirements

The program size will be capped at 16 students; junior classification is preferred with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Students will be required to enroll in the ART 3930 Art, Design and Culture in Brazil, 6 credit-course, and attend two pre-departure meetings and safety orientation. Preference will be given to students seeking their B.F.A. or B.A. while program is open to students in other programs at UNF.

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Claudia Scaff at or Prof. Sheila Goloborotko at