Plan B: Spirit of the Bauhaus

Majors open to

Open to all majors

Host Department

Graphic Design, Grad Graphics & H.M.C.T.

Faculty Lead

Caro Trigo
Simon Johnston


15 Units of ArtCenter Credit
(9 Studio & 6 Elective)

How To Apply

Applications for this program were due by Wednesday, February 20 (Wk 6) at 1pm.


  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 application

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


We are pleased to recognize the generous support from the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography for this program. For more information on the HMCT, go to: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 ArtCenter tuition, you will be responsible for a program fee of $3,300 (pending). This fee covers the following costs: 9 weeks accommodations (twin or triple shared rooms at a Berlin hostel), linens, towels, a communal kitchen, wireless internet, language instruction materials/textbooks, and 24/7 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 ($800-$1,100), a passport ($135), a visa (if necessary) and daily personal expenses such as meals, toiletries, supplies, local transportation, cell phone, etc. (~$50/day).


Term: Summer 2019
Dates Abroad: May 12 – July 12, 2019*

In order to arrive in Berlin by May 12th, you will likely need to leave May 11th. Housing ends on July 12th.

*You will complete the remainder of your coursework back at ArtCenter through Week 13 of the Summer term.

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About Plan B
When the Bauhaus was originally conceived, one of its primary intents was to address and capture the “eternal human spirit” in art, design and architecture. It sought and cultivated wonder, the Utopian, the radical. It promoted “looking” as an intellectual pursuit and considered every action in life as a medium for creativity. The Bauhaus was revolutionary in its re-linking the arts, crafts, life and manufacturing. Driven by socialist ideals, it created a curriculum of new forms that helped craft the “modern.” It did so by forging an art, design, and industry education bound by community, aesthetic risk and the sharing of ideas and skills. Yet, over time, much of that initial spirit has been forgotten or reduced to cold and functional readings of what the Bauhaus was about. Plan B resists such narrow interpretations and sets out to revive the forgotten or overridden aspects of the Bauhaus — in addition to delineating its thinking, impact and influence — by reimagining them in a contemporary setting. Working with the idea of the contemporary as “an experience of profound dissonance” with its time, project leaders will develop and implement a research-based and experimental Berlin program “in the spirit of” the Bauhaus, where ideas, shapes, disciplines, and the virtual coexist. The resulting work will then be showcased within the frame of an HMCT exhibition in L.A., along with satellite exhibits and events. Plan B conspires to recapture the daring “spirit” of the Bauhaus so as to rediscover its heritage and imagine its future significance.

About Berlin, Germany
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.

Info Sessions
• Tuesday, February 5 (Wk 4) at 1pm in HMCT, 950
• Wednesday, February 6 (Wk 4) at 1pm in the 5th Floor Student Gallery, 1111

Selection and Notification Timeline
Applications Due: Wednesday, February 20 (Wk 6) at 1pm
Decisions Announced: Wednesday, February 27 (Wk 7)
Program Commitment & $200 Deposit Due: Wednesday, March 6 (Wk 8) at 1pm

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