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Study Abroad - Museum Studies

The Netherlands • France • Spain

December 29, 2020 - January 15, 2021


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


Sites visited include:

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


View the 2021 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.  The 2021 syllabus will be available soon. Details are 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

January 2021: $6,040

Program fees include tuition (3 credits), hotel accommodations, medical insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation, daily breakfasts and some dinners.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.