Pop-Up Berlin: Breitseiten Poster Project

Majors open to

Open to all majors

Host Department

Illustration + Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT)

Faculty Lead

Robert Clayton
Aaron Smith
Seth Drenner


3 Units of ArtCenter Studio Credit

How To Apply

Applications for this program are closed.


  1. Must have completed at least four terms of undergraduate study or two terms of graduate study prior to the Summer 2018 term
  2. Must have at least one term remaining upon return to ArtCenter
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  4. Must not be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of the application

* If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements you still may be able to apply. Please contact studyaway@artcenter.edu.


HMCT Stipend
: We are pleased to recognize the generous support of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) for this program. HMCT funding will be divided up equally and disbursed as stipend checks amongst each accepted student. For more information on the HMCT, please visit their website.

Picture1Deposit: If you are accepted to the program and choose to commit, you will be responsible for providing a $200 non-refundable deposit.  This deposit is due within one week of your acceptance and ensures your commitment as a downpayment towards the total program fee.

Program Fee: In addition to full-time ArtCenter tuition, you will be responsible for a program fee of $1,345. This fee covers the following costs: accommodations (twin or triple shared rooms at a Berlin hostel), linens, towels, a communal kitchen, wireless internet, and travel/medical insurance.

Additional: Other costs that you will be responsible for that are NOT included in the program fee are round-trip airfare LAX-Berlin (~$700-$1,000), a passport ($135), a visa (if necessary) and daily personal expenses—meals, souvenirs, toiletries, supplies, local transportation, cell phone, etc. (~$50/day).


Term: Summer 2018
Dates Abroad: August 20 – September 5, 2018*

*Students will be enrolled in this course throughout the Summer 2018 term.

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About Pop-Up Berlin
Pop-Up Berlin seeks to inspire ArtCenter students to begin a purposeful, meaningful dialogue with the citizens of Berlin. Students will be encouraged to design and produce inclusive, positive image and text-based materials intended to bridge the widening cultural gaps between marginalized groups in both cities. The project has been inspired by Sister Corita Kent (1918–1986) who was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. She believed an Art Practice could be harnessed to inspire change. Her uplifting, modern poster designs brought current issues to the public. By acknowledging our glorious diversity through pop-up events featuring student produced posters, periodicals and products, Pop-Up Berlin is designed to direct our students’ talents towards advocacy and inclusion.  Students will research issues of diversity and inclusion with a socially conscious mindset and design images meant to capture a viewer’s attention. Throughout the Summer term in Pasadena, we will also partner with ArtCenter’s Archetype Press/HMCT to enable students to produce ephemera in multiples. These items will be brought with us to Berlin and presented in innovative contexts throughout the city during our 2.5-week visit.

About Berlin
Twenty years after its post-Wall rebirth, Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, teeming with top museums and galleries, grand opera and guerrilla clubs, gourmet temples and ethnic snack shacks. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in Berlin. When it comes to fashion, art, design and music, the German capital is the city to watch. A global influx of creatives has turned it into a cauldron of cultural cool reminiscent of New York in the ’80s. What draws them is Berlin’s legendary climate of tolerance, openness and experimentation infused with an edgy undercurrent that gives this ‘eternally unfinished’ city its street cred. Cheap rents don’t hurt either. All this trendiness is a triumph for a town that’s long been in the cross-hairs of history: Berlin staged a revolution, was headquartered by fascists, bombed to bits, ripped in half and finally reunited — and that was just in the 20th century! Famous landmarks such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and what’s left of the Berlin Wall are like a virtual 3-D textbook in a city where you’ll find history staring you in the face every time you turn a corner. Perhaps it’s because of its heavy historical burden that Berlin is throwing itself into tomorrow with such contagious energy. At times the entire city seems to be bubbling over into one huge party. Yet despite its often hectic pace, Berlin functions on an exquisitely human scale. Traffic flows freely, public transportation is brilliant, you can walk without fear at night, and your restaurant bill would only buy you an appetizer back home. Come and join the party and be swept away by the riches, quirks and vibrancy of this fascinating city.

Information Sessions
• Monday, February 26 (Wk 7) at 1 pm at HMCT, 950 Bldg.
• Thursday, March 1 (Wk 7) at 1 pm at 6th Floor Gallery, 1111 Bldg.

Selection & Notification Timeline
• Applications Due: Friday, March 16 (Wk 10) at 1 pm
• Decisions Announced: Friday, March 23 (Wk 11)
• Program Commitment & $200 Deposit Due: Friday, March 30 (Wk 12) at 1 pm

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