Arts Abroad Program
A cultural immersion program designed exclusively for Chinese students to come to Purchase, learn about Western arts and culture, and study various arts disciplines.
Participants in the program spend 18 weeks in the New York City Metropolitan area studying Western arts and culture through the direct study of the English language and arts instruction. The objective of the program is to give Chinese students an understanding of the philosophy and methods of the arts in Western European especially American context through the English language and additional arts fields.
All concentrations take four core courses
In addition, students choose 3-5 master classes in various art forms including design, film, music, and dance.
CORE COURSE I: English Language [51 hours]
Effective communication in English through speaking and writing are key to the success of artists and designers in the United States, and most other European countries. This ESL component of the Arts Abroad program builds on students’ current English language proficiency to prepare them for success in their specialty classes, the College and the local community, and, in an increasingly global society, their careers. In order to facilitate their transition to an English speaking environment, at the beginning of the program, students participate in 20 hours of course time per week.
Classes are student centered, interactive, and taught by highly qualified instructors in a friendly, supportive environment. The ESL program includes:
- Assessment of each student’s level of English language proficiency
- Placement in the appropriate level for each skill area
- Classes in:
- Communication Skills (listening/speaking)
- Vocabulary Development
- American Culture
- Campus Community & Classroom Culture
CORE COURSE II: Western Arts Seminar [51 hours]
核心课程2：工作坊 - 美国艺术、历史与文化简述[50课时]
This interactive, student-driven course offers an introduction to 20th and 21st century American art, design, film, theater, and music. Rather than serve as a comprehensive survey, the course uses key American artistic moments, works, and figures to introduce students to fundamental aspects of American history, politics, culture and identity. Students develop their individual artistic practices by completing group projects and a final assignment that responds to their exploration of American culture in their chosen artistic medium.
CORE COURSE III: Arts in the City [34 hours]
This course is conceived as a co-requisite with The Workshop and helps students build their English-language vocabulary and skills in critical engagement with art, performance, film, dance, and design. Students will explore how to engage with artistic work in a detailed, thorough way that synthesizes research, articulation of personal taste, and rigorous observation.
With several site visits to galleries, museums, and performance venues throughout New York City, the course will serve as a bridge between classroom learning and New York’s unparalleled cultural and artistic scene. Students will participate in lectures, group presentations and class discussions to prepare them to fully engage with the work they encounter during class trips, and each visit will be followed by a debrief discussion to give students an opportunity to reflect on the work and how it may connect to their own artistic practice.
CORE COURSE Ⅳ: Studios [34 hours]
The studios serve as a home base for students to unpack what they are learning in their master classes and make connections between various art forms.
Master Classes [34 hours each]
Each student will register for 3-5 master classes in disciplines including design, film, music, and dance. Past master classes have included:
- Graphic Design
- Digital Media for Designers
- Film Production
- Screen Direction
- Vocal Performance
- Music Composition
- Performance Art
- American Modern Dance
- Hip-Hop Dance and Culture