Prague Interdisciplinary Design Studio
This is a five week intensive program that will focus on collaborative problem solving and design thinking. Students will be divided into groups and asked to identify a specific situation dealing with the human condition; examples can include refugee situations, diminished capacity, medical, or even disaster relief. It is important that students find an area of interest within these complex and multidimensional problems to single out a particular focus with which they truly empathize. Students will study the area and using design thinking conceptualize, theorize and then propose solutions and systems for solving or improving the situation. This might be a product, event, environment, or process or combination thereof. The past two summers this project was done in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders. A second individual project will also be done, dealing with design history and influence utilizing Prague's rich canvas of buildings and objects. Students will also travel to areas in Czechia including Cesky Krumlov, Brno, and Mikulov. Each of these towns offer unique cultural opportunities. Cesky Krumlov is one of the best examples of a baroque castle in Europe and boasts a unique medieval experience for the students. Brno boasts the Tugendhat Villa, Mies Van Der Rohe architectural masterpiece. And Mikulov hosts the Czech design festival each May that the students will attend. Additionally, the students will develop 3D modeling and digital drawing skills through the use of various digital devices. The following programs will be covered; Adobe Suite, Solidworks and Procreate. A Windows operating system laptop will be required for the Solidworks portion of this class.
As this is a studio that takes place in a foreign country, there are several goals to this course, in addition to the fulfillment of the academic assignment.
Students should also develop:
• Knowledge of world geography, conditions, issues, and events.
• Awareness of the complexity and interdependency of world events and issues.
• Understanding of the diversity found in the world in terms of values, beliefs, ideas, and world views.
• Openness to learning and a positive orientation to new opportunities, ideas, and ways of thinking.
• Empathy or the ability to take multiple perspectives.
• Critical and comparative thinking skills, including the ability to think creatively and integrate knowledge, rather than uncritical acceptance of knowledge.
Students will give several presentations over the course of the project where they will discuss their research, creative processes, insights, and results, thus highlighting the achievement of those goals as well as their project focus result. These presentations will be multimedia in form, with text, images and diagrams illustrating their thought process.
Prague is a living museum, with building styles representative of most of the major movements, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, and even Cubist. We will visit such places as the Prague Castle Complex, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and Old Town Square. Museum visits will include- the Decorative Arts Museum, Museum of Technology, and the National Gallery. Our excursion to Brno and Mikulov will showcase a tour of Tugenhat Villa – by Mies Vander Rohe and Chateau in Mikulov where the International Design Festival is held. There will be visits to other locals that are pertinent to area of focus for some of the groups. Concerts and cultural events will be attended by students as Prague is a center of music and performance.
IND 3530 - Prague Studio - 6 credits
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 4707.24
Includes: In-country Program Transportation, Lodging, International Health and Evacuation Insurance, Program Events, and CCS Administrative Fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 2100.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: Airfare, Immunizations, Personal Expenses, and Meals.
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from May 21 to June 28, 2019.
At least two pre-program meetings; dates and times TBD.
Mr. Donald Corey
Donald Corey is a Professor and Coordinator of the Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University. He hopes to connect with the people who use his designs on an emotional level; adding play to the ordinary and a little fun to life. Mr. Corey's designs have been showcased at international design events in Milan, Italy; Toronto, Canada; Sydney, Australia; Copenhagen, Denmark; and New York, USA. He runs the design firm The Other Edge, Inc. located in Raleigh, North Carolina with clients in furniture, medical, architectural, and gift industries.
Mr. Michael Rall
Michael Rall is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University where he teaches both studio courses and those built around CADD development. Michael has shown his work internationally at IDS Toronto (2016) and Zona Tortona (2009). In addition, design work that he has contributed to has been shown at IDS Toronto (2014), Salone Satellite (2011) and the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction (2011). With an eye for style and function, he specializes in the CADD of a wide range of products from Furniture to Housewares.
How to Apply
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, credit card, or money order.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2019 at the latest.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.