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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 2020 05/01/2019 05/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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)
Click here for a definition of this term 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.

All students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for this program.
Delve into your Scandinavian study abroad experience in Denmark with intellectually stimulating course work that combines hands-on experiences in real time. Located in the heart of Copenghagen’s Medieval City, DIS seeks to combine traditional with modern. Surrounded by the city’s cultural and landmark institutions like the National Museum, Tivoli Gardens and Skuespilhuset, students can experience all that Copenhagen has to offer. As you study in one of the world’s most sustainable and livable cities, you will also be a stone’s through away from other Scandinavian treasures such as Norway, Sweden, and other European countries.

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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.

  • 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
>> 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.


See the list of approved courses here:DIS COPENHAGE Equivalency List HALLMARKS 16.pdf

Once you arrive in Copenhagen, you will be assisted in setting up your cellphone, and you will also have the option of opening up a Danish bank account. The six diverse housing options at DIS are Homestay, Living & Learning community, Kollegium, Residential Community, Folkehøjskole and Rented Room. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about each option and determine which one fits your lifestyle best. Get acquainted with Copenhagen by utilizing public transportation or by biking.

How much should you budget? Click here for the anticipated cost sheet: DIS_cost info17-18.pdf

All students must attend pre-departure orientation before studying abroad. Students will be informed of safety protocol, health insurance, money management, and more. Former study abroad students will be available to provide peer advice on general and/or specific matters.

Students from the US are not required to have a visa to enter Denmark. However all students who are enrolled in DIS and do not hold a passport for the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland, must apply for a Danish Residence Permit. Once you arrive in Denmark, you will begin the residence permit application process during Student Registration. DIS staff will be available to assist you during this process.

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