Posts Tagged ‘International Studies’

In May, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator and ID Instructor, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

Day 1:

“As part of the International Studies program, our group consisted of Dawn Heitsch, (an undergraduate and Master of Interior Design Harrington alumna), Amanda Wajrowski (Masters of Interior Design), Brandon Tone (Communication Design student), Shanna Lemaire (Photography student) and Holly Conrad (Interior Design student), led by myself.

After an overnight flight to China we arrived in Beijing on May 1st, where May Day was being celebrated by the Chinese. We explored Beijing (which means Northern Capital) which has a long history of 3,000 years and a current population of 13.5 million. Beijing has had many dynasties including the Ming dynasty where the huge city walls were repaired and redesigned and much of Beijing’s hallmark architecture, such as the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, were built.

In 1949, Chairman Mao liberated Beijing from the Japanese and proclaimed the People’s Republic of China.  As had happened many times in the past, the city underwent a transformation: decorative archways were brought down and whole city blocks were demolished to widen major boulevards.

The past quarter of a century Beijing has transformed into a modern city, with skyscrapers and modern buildings. The once flat skyline is now defined by vast apartment blocks and office buildings.”

Tomorrow, see highlights from the Forbidden City, the largest palace in the world!

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In April and May of 2010, eleven Harrington students traveled throughout Japan, studying design and culture. The group of students included representatives from every Harrington program: Digital Photography, Communication Design, and both bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates in Interior Design. Kyoto and Tokyo were the primary destinations, but the group also visited the ancient capital of Nara, the city of Osaka, the Inner Shrine at Ise, and the small coastal town of Hase.

The students’ work from this trip will be showcased in the Madison Street Gallery from August 6th– August 31st. Please stop by and check out!

Harrington College of Design’s
International Studies Japan Gallery
Madison Street Gallery, 1st Floor
200 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Photo above is of the 2010 Harrington student group from Japan, taken at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan.

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If you are a Harrington student, don’t miss out on an upcoming trip to Greece from June 7th – July 16th, 2010!

Greece is splendidly endowed with resources for study and experiential learning. As part of the group that is going this year with Harrington, you will visit the incredible museums and galleries in Athens as well as design offices. The trip will include short and long excursions, such as a day trip cruise to Spetses and Hydra, two islands close to Athens. On a longer, three-day excursion, you will be able to visit the archaeological site of Delphi, Apollo’s sanctuary with the famous Oracle, and see the famous Charioteer in the museum Olympia (the birth place of the Olympic games) as well as visit Mycenae and Epidaurus. As students from the last Greece trip summarized it: “The Greece trip was one of the most important and life changing experiences we have ever had.”
Interested in finding out more?


Please contact Crandon Gustafson at

cgustafson@harringtoncollege.com, or Demetra Vartzikos, the Faculty Leader, at dvartzikos@interiordesign.edu

The Harrington International Studies provides an integrated travel/ study curriculum to help prepare students of design and photography for the role they will play in the global community through immersion into another culture.

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