University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Visual Studies Workshop: Summer Study Trip in Beijing

February 16, 2010  by: Stephanie Rothenberg

Summer Workshop in Beijing
The Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo
with Professors Joan Linder and Stephanie Rothenberg

Dates: June 1-15, 2010
Program fee: $1890. (airfare not included)
Credits: 3


“Crossing Paths: Redrawing the City Street” is a two-week workshop intensive bringing together students from SUNY Buffalo and Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), one of the premier art schools in China, in a collaborative interdisciplinary project mapping the shifting landscape of Beijing. The project will incorporate a wide range of media including drawing, photography, video, animation, writing and social networking tools. The workshop will be designed as a field expedition with the objective to visually, aurally and conceptually map a street and specific neighborhood that has been significant in the modernization of the city from two different cultural perspectives.

The workshop includes guest lecturers, field trips to historic landmarks, monuments and cultural centers, gallery and artist studio visits, evening cultural performances and of course amazing food!

• Great Wall of China
• Temple of Heaven
• Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
• Beijing Opera
• Karoake
• Hutongs
• Galleries include Dashanzi Art District, Arrow Factory, Red Gate
• Lectures by CAFA faculty in the Dept of Art, Architecture and Urban Design, Art History

The $1890. program fee includes tuition, housing, some incidentals (field trips, ground transport). Airfare, food and visas are not included in this fee.

Housing are in the dorms at CAFA. Students will share a room for 1 roommate.
Please visit the website for CAFA to get a better idea of the school facilities, courses, location, etc

Open to undergraduate seniors, graduate and PhD students in Visual Studies, Media Study, Architecture, American Studies, Asian Studies. Graduate students can orient the workshop towards their research goals. Contact faculty if you are in a different department but interested in participating.

Study Abroad will assist in getting visas (approx $100 not included). Airfare will run $800-1200. Students are responsible for their own airfare but we will assist in helping you arrange a group flight with other students traveling in the program. Faculty need to fly earlier so will be on a separate flight. Any financial aid questions need to be directed to the Financial Aid office.

A formal application is required along with a $300 deposit paid by cash or check (no credit card) within 2 weeks of acceptance. This will be handled through the Study Abroad office (

If you are interested in the program please contact Professor Rothenberg and Professor Linderfor more information.

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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