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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 04/27/2018 05/11/2018 01/12/2019 05/12/2019
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Dorm/Residence Hall, Home Stay (Host Family), Other
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad (semester or summer programs)
Area of Study: Graphic Design Communication Class Status: 3 - Junior
Program Description:
Graphics shape the built environment and play an integral role for our experience of cities, buildings, and objects.  You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the holistic Scandinavian and European approach to graphic design.

  • Take in Scandinavian and European design aesthetics on faculty-led study tours
  • Small studios of approximately 12 students create a close mentorship by DIS faculty and your network of peers
  • Gain hands-on experience by producing visual identity projects from initial analysis to final presentation, including elements such as identity design, wayfinding, and pictograms that will be critiqued by Danish designers and your peers in a cross-disciplinary context


The two tracks of this program ensure it is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or if you come from a liberal arts background. You wish to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and to invest time outside of studio hours developing projects.

>> Graphic Design Studio
In this studio, you will develop your design skills through analysis of Northern European graphic case studies combined with design assignments in visual identity, branding, and signage within the built environment, as well as in the context of Danish design culture.

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior, senior, or graduate level. Completion of a minimum of two graphic design/drawing studios at university level. Knowledge of one or more programs in the Adobe Suite.
Week-Long Study Tour: Netherlands
Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen.

>> Graphic Design Foundations Studio
This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of, and professional skills within, the field.  You will learn the skills neededto build a creative portfolio and gain insight into Danish design culture.

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level. Basic knowledge of one or more programs in the Adobe Suite is beneficial as you will be working with these.
Week-Long Study Tour: Netherlands
Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen.

DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to graphic design and design.