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Museum Studies J-Term Seminar

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAU has canceled J-Term traveling programs for January 2021. IAU plans to instead host Maymester traveling seminars in May 2021. More information about these programs will be posted as it becomes available at Please see below for program details for J-Term 2022.

The Netherlands • France • Spain

How does one preserve or even rejuvenate an artist's legacy? This January Term traveling seminar will focus on a selection of European museums in Amsterdam, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Barcelona dedicated to artists across a variety of disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture. Through discussions, museum visits, and other methods, students will analyze different curatorial methods of specific European museums as well as study original works by various artists with an emphasis on critical analysis. Students will collaborate with and learn from professionals in arts administration, practicing artists, and art history scholars linking the curatorial process to the history and content of specific works housed in specific museums. Students participating in this Museum Studies January Term program will have the opportunity to experience the inner workings of world-renowned museums and study the artworks that reside in them from this new perspective.


Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Art 371: Museums of Europe: from Van Gogh to Gaudí
  • Art History 371: Museums of Europe: from Van Gogh to Gaudí
  • Art History 374: Museums of Europe: The Curatorial Process from Van Gogh to Gaudí
  • Museum Studies 374: Museums of Europe: The Curatorial Process from Van Gogh to Gaudí

The 2022 syllabus will be available soon!


  • The Netherlands: Amsterdam
  • France: Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille
  • Spain: Barcelona

The 2022 itinerary will be available soon! View details of a past itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

About the Professor

Nick Velleman is an artist, musician, and education originally from Washington, D.C. In 2011, he graduated from The College of William and Mary and started his career in the performing arts. For several years, he was a manager and director at award-winning concert halls and performing arts centers, while also playing music with various groups in the D.C. area. In 2018, he moved to Aix-en-Provence to pursue art and art education, and in 2020 received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts at the American College of the Mediterranean.

Program Fees and Inclusions

January 2022: $5,845

Program fees include tuition for three credits, lodging, daily breakfast, some group lunches and/or dinners, intra-program transportation, orientation, health, liability, and repatriation insurance, and entrances/fees for all scheduled cultural activities, visits, and guest lectures. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, most lunches/dinners, textbooks, and personal expenses.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.