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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Hotel GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Art, Art History & Film
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Art, Art History & Film major/minor elective, Arts Core Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: ARTS 1180 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:

The Program

Using clear, step-by-step methods, this course will teach students how to draw with the added feature of doing so in one of Europe’s most alluring capitals Berlin. Here, students will also learn that artworks are historical documents, encompassing an era’s hopes, fears and aspirations. Using the city as our primary classroom, we’ll examine Berlin in the ‘20s, when it was a teaming, cosmopolitan city teetering on the edge of an abyss, up through the Nazi regime, whose hubris would lead to Berlin’s brain drain and fall. Once home to some of the greatest intellectuals in history, we will examine how the city that had come to define Modernism, found itself on the verge of economic and political collapse, played out in the streets, cabarets, theaters, art works, films and novels of its day. We’ll discuss all this against the backdrop of where it happened, wandering through castles, visiting world renowned museums, taking in an opera, attending a concert and meeting with local artists, while winding our way up through Berlin’s spy-infested divide and partaking of Berlin’s lively café culture and exciting street life.

Faculty Leader

Mary Sherman


This class an introductory studio course with accompanying lectures and extensive site visits. No prior art experience is expected. This course fulfills the university’s fine arts core requirement. It is designed to provide students not only with certain technical (drawing) and problem solving skills, but also to heighten their own creativity, understanding of the visual arts and, by extension, the world around them. Additionally, students will be encouraged to consider how images reflect their social, political, cultural and geographic context; and how that context is part of a wider matrix of social, cultural and geographic globalization. In general, the class convenes 3 full days a week, including a luncheon discussion in one of the city’s cafes on those days. Note: some evening activities are also planned. Weekends are free for the students to travel on their own.

Note: German is not required; In this cosmopolitan city, the vast majority speak English.

Draft syllabus: 
Drawing From Berlin's Past and Future_Sherman.docx


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2,900)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Berlin and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in a hotel for the duration of the program. Daily breakfast and lunch are also included in the program cost. 

Cultural Activities

Visits to the following sites are included as part of the program:                        
Gema?ldegalerie Berlin
• A City Tour
• Berlinische Galerie
• Neue Nationalgalerie
• Martin Gropius Haus
• Pergamon Museum
• An Opera at one of the City’s 3 opera houses
• Typology of Terror
• Gemäldegalerie
• The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art
• The Kathe Kollwitz Museum
• A Concert at the Berliner Philharmoniker
• Day trip to Potsdam, with a visit to the Film Museum, Sans Soucci and Florian Dombois’ Zugabe
• Studio visits with local artists

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Berlin.
Berlin 2

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


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The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.