Semester Abroad

SACI (Studio Art Centers International) was founded in 1975, creating a complete program in Florence, Tuscany, for students seeking excellence in studio art and liberal arts instruction at the United States university level. SACI is affiliated with Northeastern, which means that academic credits earned while overseas are transferable to Northeastern. The SACI experience provides a great opportunity for students to experience the Italian culture while pursuing a degree.

Summer Abroad

The Department of Art + Design Summer Abroad program allows students to experience:

Short Animated Film Production in London

Term: Summer II

  • ARTE 2500 – Art and Design Abroad: Studio – Short Film
  • ARTE 2500 – Art and Design Abroad: Studio – Virtual Environment Design

Students begin with two weeks in the heart of London’s visual effects and animation “SoHo” district visiting Academy Award winning studios such as The Mill, Framestore, Double Negative and Method Studios. After that students will travel by train to Bath Spa University for a full day hands-on stop-motion animation workshop at four time Oscar winning studio Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, etc.). Students return to London for our final week to wrap up your projects.

Students will develop both story pitches and production designs with inspirational visits including the London Film Museum, Cartoon Museum, Design Museum, Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery. Students will explore architecture and landscapes while walking and sketching as well as actively participating in professional “dailies” reviews every morning. Weekends will include film screenings and discussions.

Short film concept and development will include the fundamentals of story structure, storyboarding and editing ; production will include successful case study research, digital pipeline, asset creation and sound design.

Art in Ireland

Term: Summer I and II

Summer I: Studio Art: Painting and Drawing

  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Observational Drawing
  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Painting Basics in Ireland

Summer II: Studio Art, History, and Culture in Ireland

  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Art Studio in Ireland (2D Fundamentals)
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: History – History and Culture in Ireland

Discover Art at Burren College of Art in one of the most beautiful and unusual environments on the western coast of Ireland in your own studio where you can create a large body of work with daily critiques.

Art Minor in Ireland is a new program designed to allow students to complete the minor in Summer I and Summer II for 16 credits. Summer I is focused on the basics of painting and drawing. Summer II is an intermediate course focused on individual projects and self-direction in any media.

Faculty Leader: Mira Cantor
Watch “The Read World Ireland” by Anthony Gentles, AMD’14 to learn about this program.

Éire (Animated Short) by Anthony Gentles from Anthony Gentles on Vimeo.

Design and Photo in Berlin

Term: Summer II

  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Documentary Photo
  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Design Process, Context and Systems
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: History – German Culture

Faculty Leaders: Andrea Raynor and John Kane

Photo Cuba

Term: Summer I


  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2500 Art & Design Abroad: Studio – Photo Basics for Non-majors
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: History – Cuba Cultural History

Experience Photo Cuba the historic streets of Cuba while engaging in documentary photography. During their stay, students will be enrolled in Cuba Cultural History, a class with a focus on Cuba’s culture, music, and visual arts, while engaged in an intensive photographic program. Two photography classes are offered: Photo Basics for Non-Majors and Photo Documentary for students who have previously taken Photo Basics. The class will encompass a term-length photographic project in which students research local cultural outlets, make personal contacts, and document their findings.

Faculty Leader: Luis Brens

Photo Venice and Rome

Term: Summer I


  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Architecture
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Art History

Photo Venice gives students the opportunity to live, study, and experience the culture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Explore digital photography and art history in Venice and Rome, Italy. Taught by faculty from Northeastern and local universities, students are immersed in a full-time schedule of digital photography and art history. The program runs for four weeks during the Summer I semester, and students earn eight credits.

Faculty Leader: Andrea Greitzer

Time Machine in Iceland

Term: Summer I

  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio – Time Machine: Site Sensitivity and Iceland
  • ARTE 2501 Art + Design Abroad: History – Cultural and Art History: Iceland

This is a 5 week studio experience at Nes Artist Residency where students begin by collecting footage and images from a week-long road trip around 3/4th of Iceland. After that students will settle in the northwest, in a town called Skagastrond. Students will spend three weeks there and then hit the road again, looking at large-scale artworks and ending up in Reykjavik.

The projects are structured and focused on landscape and it’s influence on time and experience.  Students will participate in a series of exercises, hike on a glacier, go whale watching, visit a geothermically heated nature bath, watch the sun barely dip in the sky at midnight on the summer solstice, watch films, listen to lectures, and discuss readings. There are intense critiques and conversations every day except weekends.

Faculty Leader: Julia Hechtman

Watch the “Time Machine Iceland” to learn about this program.


Term: Summer II


  • ARTE2500 – Writing with a Camera in Ecuador
    ARTE2501 – Art, Culture, and Nature in Ecuador

Latitude Zer0 is hosted in Ecuador. Ecuador is a country rich in biodiversity as well as culture and history. Students will investigate the role of time as it relates to viewing, thinking, and expression as they respond to the natural environment and cultural landscape of Quito (the capital city), Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve, and the Galápagos Islands. By creating site-sensitive visual works students will consider the ways the natural environment, urban landscape, historical factors, and language influence the culture of a region.