UNL Japanese Visual Culture in Context Summer 2014

Japanese Visual Culture in Context

Summer Education Abroad

cross-listed as ADPR480/880 and ARTP480/880
Fulfills ACE Outcomes 2 or 9 and counts as a studio elective for Studio Art Majors

This course addresses a broad range of Japanese visual culture, from ink painting to advertising, in its original context. Because it is an education abroad course, students will be completely immersed in visual culture rather than learning about it remotely in a classroom in Lincoln. The experience of traveling to Japan enables students to see visual culture as part of a whole culture that engages all of the senses. Students will not only see the paintings and sculptures in the temple, the ads on the train, the photographs in the gallery, the garden from the tearoom and the garments on the mannequins. They will smell the cedar pillars and the yakitori grill, feel the speed of the bullet train and the weight of the tea bowl, hear the priests chanting and the rain falling, taste the slight bitterness of green tea and the rich saltiness of ramen. Students will observe, analyze and interpret visual information within a whole cultural context, and will likely never "see" the same way again.

Japanese Visual Culture in Context Summer Study Abroad is scheduled during the Eight-Week Session: May 19- July 11. Preparation for the course will take place mid-March through mid-May 2011. Travel in Japan will take place May 19 through June 6 so students may choose to take an additional course in the First Five-Week Session: June 9 - July 11. Students will spend the final 4 weeks of the course reflecting on their trip to Japan for assignments based on their observations and analyses of Japanese visual culture. This course structure allows students to travel independently in Japan after the official course meetings and return to Lincoln in time to complete work for the course.

2013-14 Tentative Calendar:

Information Sessions- Ask questions and meet the instructors and other interested students in these informal events:

Tuesday, November 19
5:00-6:00 pm
Andersen Hall, room 109

Thursday, January 23 (NEW DATE)
5:00-6:00 pm
Woods Hall, Room 13

Important dates
We encourage students to apply well before February 1 and to find room in their schedule for a 15-minute interview with the faculty leaders on January 31 or February 3 to help determine who is best suited for the course.

January 31 - Applicant interviews 8:00-11:30 am in Richards 209

February 1 - Applications due

February 3 - Applicant interviews 2:00-6:00 pm in Andersen 141

February 10 - Notification of Acceptance

February 14 - Deposits due

March and April - online prep seminar

May and June - Travel in Japan
Shunko-in, our home base in Kyoto