Eye On Berlin

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Host Department


Faculty Lead

Robert Clayton
Aaron Smith
Seth Drenner


3 Units of ArtCenter Studio Credit

How To Apply

Applications for this program were due by Monday, March 11 at 1pm (Week 9). 


  1. Must have completed at least four terms of undergraduate study or two terms of graduate study prior to the Summer 2019 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.


Deposit: 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 $1,550. This fee covers the following costs: accommodations (twin or triple shared rooms at a Berlin hostel), linens, towels, a communal kitchen, wireless internet, transportation pass, 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 2019
Dates Abroad: August 19 – September 6, 2019*

*Students will be enrolled in this course throughout the Summer 2019 term with travel between summer and fall terms.

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Eye on Berlin Objectives
Berlin, much like it’s sister city Los Angeles, is a place that embodies the kind of cultural triumphs that can occur when a society champions diversity and inclusion. Each city has flourished due to it’s welcoming atmosphere and immigrant populations.

Pop Up Berlin seeks to inspire students from Art Center to begin a purposeful, meaningful dialogue with the citizens of Berlin. Students will be encouraged to design and produce inclusive, positive image based materials intended to celebrate the kindred spirits of both cities.

This year’s project will focus around the 100th year anniversary of the Bauhaus art movement. Through the course of the summer term students will be building a body of print-based work that embraces the spirit of Bauhaus. We will focus on creating work inspired by the motto that the school was founded on. As a class we will focus on the combination of craft and industrial fabrication methodologies. As this will be a study away class the work we produce will have to be easily transportable. We will be introducing the tapestries of Anni Albers; her work will be an anchoring point for the class.

By acknowledging our glorious diversity through pop-up events featuring student produced Posters, Periodicals and Products, POP-UP Berlin is designed to direct our student’s Illustrative talents towards advocacy and inclusion.

Eye On Berlin Project
Students will research issues of diversity and inclusion with a socially conscious mindset. They will design images meant to capture a viewer’s attention.

Throughout the Summer term in Pasadena, we will partner with ACCD’s Archetype Press as well as the Printshop at 870 to enable the 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. Possible Pop-Up opportunities include a gallery opening, booths at various events, as well as public street installations.

In addition, during our stay in Berlin, the students will visit studios, institutions and museums dedicated to social engagement within Design Practice. 

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
Wednesday, March 6 (Week 8) at 1pm in 6th Floor Gallery, 1111

Selection & Notification Timeline
• Applications Due: Monday, March 11 at 1pm  (Week 9)
• Decisions Announced: Friday, March 15 (Week 9)
• Program Commitment & $200 Deposit Due: Friday, March 22 (Week 10)

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