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*KIIS: Berlin, Germany (Summer)
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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|ART, ART HISTORY, GRAPHIC DESIGN||
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|Program Catagory:||WKU Partner Program||
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|Alley, Becky, Friesen, Leslie, Maloney, Doreen|
|Colonnade Credit:||No||Class Eligibility:||1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior|
Based in Berlin's vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district, the KIIS German Culture summer program affords participants a unique chance to explore Germany's thriving capital, art, culture, and history. Instruction is divided between formal classwork in the seminar room of our modern hostel, field workshops or studio sessions, and guided excursions providing students direct contact with the city, its streets, and its cultural heritage.
Classes are generally held in two 2-hour and one 4-hour block each week, with the intention of spending the shorter periods in our seminar room and the longer periods in and around Berlin. Opportunities for individual weekend travel enrich participants' understanding of Europe and Germany in general and Berlin in particular. Class sessions are usually held Monday through Thursday for 4.5 weeks, leaving plenty of time for independent planning. German is not a requirement for this program although an interest in German culture is.
Students should be aware that research materials, computers, and printing are limited on site. Laptops are strongly recommended though not required. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner.
The program director generally arranges several group excursions. Varying from year to year, they may include a trip to nearby Potsdam with its Castle Sanssouci, a visit to the German Parliament (Reichstag), a day outing to historical Dresden, Nuremberg or Quidlenburg, an evening at the Berlin Philharmonic or Opera, and a riverboat cruise on the Berlin's river Spree. We will also share a welcome and farewell dinner.
ART 331 Visual Thinking - Visualizing Berlin
ART 430 Graphic Design - Typography & Poster
ART 491 Topics: Curatorial Studies - Constructing Space Berlin
ART 496 Topics: Book Arts - Memorials & Memories
ART 496 Topics: Street Scenes - Digital Photo & Zine
Course descriptions can be found here
Students reside at the Meininger City Hostel & Hotel in single-sex, multiple-occupancy hotel rooms, generally sharing a room and private bath with 3-4 other program participants. The Meininger is a modern smoke-free, wheelchair-accessible facility that offers two elevators, free wireless internet access in the lobby area, and keycard-operated doors for all rooms.
The cafeteria area provides breakfast. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner. Snacks and beverages may be purchased at the bar/cafe. Rooms are equipped with bunk and/or double beds, modest storage facilities/closets, table and chairs, and a TV.
Classes are held in a seminar room equipped with a web projector and a flip chart. Students may take advantage of the Meininger’s luggage room, its safes, and guest kitchen, as well as the café/bar/reception area that includes several computers that can be used for a charge. Laptops are strongly recommended. The hotel includes a single public washer/dryer; there are also laundromats nearby. The bilingual reception staff assists in the planning of excursions and provides general information.