In 2014, students in Mount Ida’s Survey of Graphic Design course traveled to London, a trendsetting city in the world of design, to study firsthand the design landmarks, museums and historic sites they studied in class before experiencing the real thing. The fourteen design students stayed in the heart of London, steps away from the British Museum, spending their days touring the city’s treasured historic landmarks while taking in the abundance of cutting-edge design unique to London today.
Students toured London’s world class museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art and Design, the ICA, and the Tate Modern where they viewedMatisse’s Cut-Outs exhibit. They climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and visited the nearby Saint Bride Library to explore their collection of three centuries of books and exhibits devoted to typography, graphic design and printing techniques. The students got a taste of English culture when they attended a traditional afternoon tea at the British Museum in Bloomsbury.
For fun, they took a double decker bus tour, rode the London Eye ferris wheel, and enjoyed a West End Production of “Wicked.” On a walking tour, they explored Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the shops of Oxford Street. On their final day in London, they visited You Can Now (YCN), an innovative design firm in London’s new design district, and dined on Brick Lane, the epicenter of London’s vibrant Indian and Pakistani food scene.
“My favorite part of the trip was visiting London’s design district and touring YCN. The staff at YCN showed us the ins and outs of what they do and their products. As a graphic design student, it was both inspiring and informative,” said junior Alex Battaglia.
As part of the class, each student created a design journal detailing their experience abroad. Senior Halle Rasco’s journal can be viewed here. Summarizing her time in London Rasco notes “I loved how gorgeous all the design was. It really served as inspiration for me going into my senior year. I think the most valuable part of the trip was how close we all became in the process of preparing and actually going there together. We call ourselves the graphic design family now because we are all such good friends and this trip really is an integral part of our relationship!”
Many students in the course received travel scholarships from Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities division. Mount Ida’s Study abroad options for 2015 include spring faculty-led travel programs, internships abroad, semester abroad at a host university, and summer experiential learning. For more information about international travel programs at Mount Ida, please visit our Center for Global Connection’s webpage.