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Design Abroad | School of Visual Communication Design | Kent State University

Photograph by Gretchen Rinnert. Design Abroad, a student study abroad experience in Germany and Prague during the spring of 2013 through the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.

Students who study abroad set themselves apart with an understanding of design as an international industry and how to employ intercultural sensitivity to their communication solutions. Students can participate in study abroad programs in the School of Visual Communication Deign and in the College of Communication and Information.

Design Abroad

Design Abroad in Berlin and Prague (Spring 2013)
Design Abroad is a 12-day learning adventure abroad, built into the Graphic Design 2 and Graphic Design Field Experience courses in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.  The trip began in Berlin, a city that is the birthplace for modern design aesthetic and theory, home to the Bauhaus and many influential designers, and ended in Prague.  The students visited an array of museums, landmarks and monuments that not only provided subject matter and content, but also context, inspiration and reflection on the birthplace of modern design. They explored the many changes and transformations Berlin has endured over the last century.

In the second week, the group traveled to Prague, a city that is immensely different, but only a short 175 miles away. Prague is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is an amazing site, as the medieval city center is virtually intact following World War II.

The course met weekly during the semester, before and after the trip (which fell partially during Spring Break). Students completed a variety of reading assignments and activities to prepare for the trip. After returning to Kent, students finished the studio project, and presented their work to the class.

Learn more at or the group's blog on Tumblr.

CCI Florence Semester and Interdisciplinary Short Term Study Abroad
The College of Communication and Information (CCI) offers a range of study abroad options, so all CCI students can find one that meets their needs. Each semester a variety of short term study abroad options are available to all students in the college, such as the International Storytelling course.

The college offers a semester-long study abroad option in Florence, Italy that provides content to fit the academic, career and personal goals of CCI students, in coursework and individual projects that can help students progress toward their degree. CCI courses such as Documentary Filmmaking, Comparative Media and Intercultural Communication are offered regularly. All courses in Florence are Kent State courses.

The Kent State “campus” in Florence is made up of a medieval palace and a Renaissance palace in the heart of the city. Learn more about study abroad options at

Browse the gallery below for photographs from the 2013 Design Abroad trip to Berlin and Prague.

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