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Summer - Drawing from Berlin's Past and Future: An Enduring Allure
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
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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
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The Program

By 1929 Berlin was a teaming, cosmopolitan city, teetering on the edge of an abyss. The tolerant Weimar Republic would soon be replaced by an intolerant, Nazi regime, whose hubris would lead to Berlin’s brain drain and fall. Home to some of the greatest intellectuals in history, the city that had come to define Modernism itself, was on the verge of economic and political collapse, played out in the streets, cafes, cabarets, theaters, art works, films and novels. The candle was burning furiously on both ends; and rarely in history had it been so bright.

Program Dates

Arrival in Berlin: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Departure from Berlin: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Faculty Leader

Mary Sherman


Students from all disciplines are welcome as we sleuth our way through a once divided city to explore life in a very particular time and place.  After an initial introduction to Berlin’s recent past (its Weimar promise, demise and ultimate artistic rebirth) and an overview of their new environs and the class structure, students will learn the basics of rendering objects and the world around them. Next, through a series of drawing excercises, students will consider the German Avant-Garde’s participation in the social, technological, political, and cultural transformation of Berlin, from the years directly preceding World War I up through the (1937) Nazi Campaign against ‘Degenerate Art’. All these activities will also help guide the student to discover and develop a personal vision and style, the means of communicating it and the critical ability to understand to what extent what they are doing engages (or chooses not engage with) the broader context of contemporary art and life.

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:                        
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  • City Tour
  • Brücke Museum
  • Neue Nationalgalerie
  • Martin Gropius Haus
  • Pergamon Museum
  • Bauhaus Archives - Museum of Design
  • Typology of Terror
  • Gemäldegalerie
  • The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Kathe Kollwitz Museum
  • Berliner Philharmonie
  • Day trip to Potsdam and/or Dresden
Travel Information

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


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.