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CCI Short Courses

 The architecture in Prague was out of this world. I felt like I was on a movie set as I walked around the city because everything looked so beautiful. This experience really made me see how beautiful the world can be!     

-Sara, Visual Communication Design (Design Abroad Berlin & Prague, Spring 2013)

A semester abroad isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and see the world.  Our CCI faculty-led short courses offer that chance with a variety of options that change from year to year. That way you can be sure to find one that fits your academic plan, your personal goals, and your budget. Some courses may be repeated from year to year. Some may feature similar content but a different destination. Some are once in a lifetime.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of new courses as they develop, and check out "Past Short Courses" for courses that have taken place in the past. If you're interested in an upcoming course, contact the faculty leader for more information. If you have other questions or wonder if a past course will be repeated, contact Sara M. Sobeh at

Spring 2015 CCI Short Courses

Course: VCD Visual Language: Forms of experience and expression
Destination: Dublin & London

Instructors: Christopher Darling / and Aoife Mooney /

Dates: Spring 2015 with a 2-week trip from May 14th - 30th

'Visual Language: Forms for experience and expression', is a 7-week Special Topics course focused on illustration, typography and hand-lettering. The course will culminate in a trip to Dublin and London in Spring 2015 and will be run in tandem with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, encouraging cross-collaboration and sharing of experiences with a wider network of Kent students. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in the visual culture of these two historic cities, performing visual research and responding to their environments in visual terms, as well as meeting with industry professionals, local design and illustration students, visiting local design educational institutes, museums and cultural hubs. This will allow students to gain exposure to a wider range of influences and insights into the diversity of global expression.

Visit and to learn all about this wonderful experience and to apply for admission.


Course: International Storytelling
Destination: TBD

Instructors: Gary Hanson / and Mitch McKenney /

Dates: Spring 2015 semester with 2-week trip over Spring Break

Course: Global Advertising and PR
Destination: London & Dublin

Instructors: Danielle Coombs / and Michele Ewing /

Dates: Spring 2015 semester with a 2-week trip from May 14th - 30th

Global Ad & PR is back and this time, we are adding Dublin to our trip! For more information about the Spring 2015 trip to Dublin and London and to learn how to apply, check out: or


Course: LIS Museums in Italy
Destination: Florence, Italy

Instructor: Kiersten Latham /

Dates: May 25 - July 20, 2015 (Florence visit June 13th - 26th)

Journey through the past to explore the ancestors of modern museums and their collection via this 6-week online course. Student will explore the history of the modern museum and spend 2-weeks visiting actual sites and collections that played a role in this history. This class is open to Seniors and Graduate students at Kent State University. For more information visit