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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

Dates: TBD


The Department of Art and Design is organizing its Art, Art History and Photography in Italy study abroad program.


Professors Kally Malcom (photography), Jason John (painting/drawing) and Dr. Debra Murphy (Art History) will lead the 2020 UNF Italy program. The majority of classes are taught in the rich urban fabric of the cities of Rome, Florence and the archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, utilizing museums, churches and monuments. Classes will be held in the Roman Forum, the Vatican and Capitoline Museums, the Coliseum, the Uffizi and Accademia in Florence and many more important sites.


Special visits to Tuscany will begin the program with a stay in the medieval hill town of Massa Marittima. This will provide an introduction to Italian culture and contrasts to the larger urban centers. In Massa Marittima students will visit the studios of two contemporary artists and learn about the history of this beautiful location.


The program size will be capped at 25 students. A 2.8 GPA and at least a sophomore standing are required for admission into the program. Students are accepted on a first come-first served basis. All majors are welcome but students are encouraged to have taken ARH 2000, ARH 2050 or ARH 2051 prior to departure. Dr. Murphy, the academic director of the program, approves all applicants. Pricing and costs will be available in October and informational meetings will be held on campus for more information.


For information contact Dr. Murphy at

Design and Printmaking Study Abroad

UNF Brazil: Art, Design and Culture

Dates: TBD


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