The Department features unique travel study opportunities to Europe. These trips are open for majors and non-majors of our program. Each trip offers an optional three credit transferable course where you are able to validate your unique and valuable learning experience. There are no prerequisites these courses and they can be taken for noncredit. They can also be used as an architectural history elective.
Travel study in architecture and interior design is critical as seeing a structure and experiencing the spaces within its walls firsthand is a learning experience that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Transfer universities promote travel study as they agree you have to see design to truly appreciate the genius of what was created.
These trips are a must for anyone in our program and a wonderful experience for others interested in design. Costs for these trips are usually much less than you would pay at the universities. Don't go just to save money, go for the fun of learning!
New for 2017 Summer Travel Study:
London Paris and Amsterdam: Departing May 15-17, 2017 for ten days
Introduce yourself to Europe’s best on both sides of the English Channel (or “la Manche”). Survey rich landscapes from the banks of the Thames and the Seine, and measure skyline-shaping domes at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Sacré Coeur Basilica. You can compare medieval stalwart Windsor Castle to its much younger French cousin the Palace of Versailles, though both are equally majestic.
Day 1: Fly overnight to England
Day 2: London: Walking tour of London: The Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Dinner
Day 3: London: Guided tour of London: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Guided tour of Windsor (Windsor Castle, St. George’s Chapel, Queen Mary's Dolls' House)
Day 4: London: Free day in London
Day 5: London + Paris: Travel by Eurostar train to Paris. Take a guided tour of Paris: Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides
Day 6: Versailles + Paris: Guided tour of Versailles: State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Gardens, Free time in Paris
Day 7: Paris: Visit the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Walking tour of Paris and the Latin Quarter. Walking tour of Montmartre: Place du Tertre, Sacré Coeur and Dinner in Montmartre
Day 8: Travel to Amsterdam: Walking tour of Amsterdam: City Canals, Free time in Amsterdam and Dinner
Day 9: Amsterdam: Guided tour of Amsterdam: Koninklijk Paleis, Westerkerk, Dam Square and Anne Frank House. Free time in Amsterdam
Day 10: Depart for home
Final trip dates and cost to be determined. Trip sign up directions will be posted in the future.
Are you a design professional?
Trips are approved for AIA/CES continuing education units. Join us for some really exciting learning and earn valuable CEU’s that are approved for your licensure or certification.
ACH 262-263: Architectural Travel Study 1 & 2
Earn three transferable credits for your travel experience. One course may be used in place of ACH 221 or ACH 222. Both courses focus on European architecture, visiting Europe’s most exciting and innovative cities. Destinations vary each year. Past trips have included Paris, Chartres, Blois, Avignon, Arles, Carcassonne, Barcelona and Madrid. The summer 2016 trip focused in Italy (Venice, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, and Rome). The summer 2017 trip will add London and Amsterdam as new destinations.
Immerse yourself into some of the world’s most exciting cultures and experience world famous architecture and design firsthand. Includes site tours and in person observations to provide an understanding of some of the world’s most magnificent designs. Students will experience architecture from several time periods that have influenced design throughout the world. Representative projects include chateaux, monuments, palaces, urban spaces, museums, civic and religious buildings, along with other historic and contemporary structures. Includes a review of the architectural design, styles and urban context of the various cities visited.