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Off-Campus Studies can help Art students …

  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Develop an awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Direct experience of art in different cultures and its social context
  • Develop a global perspective
  • Prepare for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Improve or acquire foreign language skills

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in Art prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities? 

  • Exposure to art forms in different societies, including the developing world
  • Programs that offer relevant studio art programs

As a general rule of thumb, the Art Department recommends the following for students who wish to study off campus.

  • Students need to have fulfilled the prerequisites for the ARTS 480 Senior Studio Seminar and ARTS 490 Thesis in Art Studio before their senior year.
  • Art majors who wish to study abroad need to complete the beginning course in their area of concentration prior to their junior year, because it is not possible to complete both the intermediate and the advanced courses in the area of concentration in the senior year. 
  • We recommend that ARTH 203 Critical Art History be taken on the Whitman campus in the first of second year, because it cannot be completed off campus and is a prerequisite for higher numbered art history courses. 
  • We prefer that art majors study abroad in the fall instead of the spring semester, as being at Whitman spring semester helps prepare students for their Senior Thesis Seminar courses.
  • Art-Environmental Studies majors should plan to complete ARTS 314 Art and the Anthropocene and ARTH 352 Art/Environment on the Whitman campus, since equivalents for these courses are typically not available elsewhere. 

Which requirements can Art majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Specific, equivalent art major requirements
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Major Credit Limitations

  • The maximum number of credits that can be applied to the Art major from off campus studies (including AP credit, IB credit and credits from other U.S. institutions) is 11 credits with the approval of your major adviser.

Minor Credit Limitations

  • A minimum of three-fifths of the specific course and credit requirements for the minor must be completed in the on-campus program of the college.

What are the types of OCS programs recommended by the Art department?

  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with local students with a studio art focus
  • Programs that offer relevant studio art programs

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Art department?

The art department recommends the following programs for studio art majors.  Please note that admission to some programs is quite competitive and requires a portfolio.

  • IFSA: Glasgow School of Art Partnership (Scotland)
  • IES: Berlin Metropolitan and Urban Studies (Germany)
  • DIS Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Syracuse University Florence (Italy)

Students interested in Off-Campus Studies should attend an OCS First Step meeting in the fall of their second year, discuss their interests with their major adviser, and schedule an appointment with an OCS adviser.

Office Information
  • Memorial Building 205
    345 Boyer Ave.
    Walla Walla, WA 99362
  • Email or Call to Schedule a Virtual Advising Appt.
  • 509-527-4992
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