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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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China Now | Faculty-led Program

The most recent China Now faculty-led program took place in summer 2017. The program was going to run in summer 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. This faculty-led program may be offered again in summer 2023 or summer 2024. 

The China Now Faculty-led Program entails advanced studio practices and Eastern Art and Culture studies. Students who participate in this program have the opportunity to collaborate with talented art students from LAFA (Luxun Academy of Fine Arts), the oldest and one of the largest Art Institutes in China, to produce an onsite art exhibition, stay at Art residential village in northeastern China, discover Beijing's rich culture and explore Shanghai vibrant lifestyle.
Students will understand the evolution of China's culture through diverse experiences while in China that vary from the metropolitan, mid-sized industrial cities, to rural areas. Students gain a better understanding of China's present culture through its extensive collection of visual arts, unique politic system, delicious cuisines, long historical art effects, and immersive experience with local people. These experiences help students cultivate specific cross-cultural contexts and build a deeper understanding of being a global citizen.
The course entails studio practices and Eastern Art and Culture studies. Students go through a series of rigorous studio practices (Chinese calligraphy, watercolor, and photography lessons) and research studies before, during and after the travel component. The course elevates students' ability to reflect on their experiences and observations in China, focusing on the differences and similarities between the Eastern (China) and American culture.                        
Students successfully completing the course requirements will earn 6 s.h. credits. 

Students will walk six to eight hours daily, at a moderate pace. They will also climb the Great Wall of China for 5 hours one day during the trip. On some days there will be long airplane and train rides, including sixteen hours spent on a flight to China from Minneapolis and 12 hours on a train. Students must be capable of using basic hand tools and lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. All students must be capable of handling their own luggage: loading and unloading it from overhead bins, lifting and carrying it for short distances, and carrying it or wheeling it for long distances (several blocks), sometimes on unpaved surfaces; the best way to ensure that students can handle their own luggage is to pack as lightly as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

China: Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, and northeastern China

18-23 days in May-June

6 credits
  • ART 314: Eastern Art and Culture -3 credits
    • Counts toward Goal Areas 6B and 8
    • Required for all students as part of this program.
  • One of the following courses:
    • ART 375: Advanced Design Project (for Design majors) - 3 credits
    • ART 398: Special Topics in Creative Practices-China Now (Art and Art Education majors) - 3 credits
  • Students with art or design backgrounds.
  • Students interested in collaborating with art & design students from China.
  • Open to all students.
  • The course is designed for students who have an art or design background and/or students who are interested in collaborating with art & design students from Malaysia. 
  • ART 114, ART 115, ART 118, ART 150, OR Art 243. An applicant who has not taken any of these classes can opt to take a studio portfolio assessment to waive the prerequisite.
  • The typical cost range for this program is between $5,200 - $6,200 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6 credits, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, international health insurance for the duration of time in China, admission/event fees for all educational activities, Chinese visa costs, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
Professor Chun Lok Mah (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.