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CANCELLED for 2018

Denmark: Light, Nature and Place Making

Through painting and mapping, this study abroad experience introduces the student to Denmark’s landscape, art, culture, and built environment. With dark winters and light summers the Nordic relationship to light and nature is unique in Europe. The generally flat terrain of Denmark provides long vistas of land and sea.

Home of the “happiest people in the world” Denmark offers the opportunity to see Viking settlements, Renaissance fortifications, 19th Century places, Modernist houses, and cutting edge Contemporary design.

Muse to Søren Kirkegaard, Copenhagen will be our primary text as we explore an urbanscape that is simultaneously historic and modern as well as traditional and innovative. Copenhagen’s many cultural institutions make it an ideal place to explore artistic production and its historic context.

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Students will earn two units of credit:

  • VMAP 113 Introduction to Painting
  • IDST 299 ST: Reading and Mapping the City

The five weeks will address broad themes in both classes including light, nature, and place making. Class work will be divided between the classroom/studio at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and site visits. Students will be researching, observing, documenting, and interpreting the landscape and urbanscape in a variety of media including watercolor, sketch, digital photography (as documents), and text. Students will be encouraged to explore the city of Copenhagen and those areas we do not formally visit as part of classes and participate in Danish culture.

VMAP 113 Introduction to Painting

Introduction to the practice of painting with emphasis on fundamental painting modes: perceptual/representational, conceptual/abstract, and process/system-based. Emphasizes working understanding of methods and materials of oil and/or water-based painting while investigating basic aspects of visual perception, historical precedent, contemporary culture, and critical assessment of subject, form, and content in a work of art.

IDST 299/399 ST: Reading and Mapping the City

In an article on Danish architecture and urban development architect Jan Gehl lamented, “Copenhagen needs more Jane Jacobs.” This course will use Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) as a lens though which students will observe, interpret, and critique the city. Site visits will include neighborhoods throughout Copenhagen, the architectural interventions of Jørn Utzon, and historic sites such as Helsingør, Roskilde, and Bagsvaerd. Students will keep an analog sketchbook/journal and a photographic journal throughout the six weeks. Final projects will be maps, in the broadest sense of the term, and be centered on a theme shared with the VMAP 113 course and explore the history and present of an assigned neighborhood in Copenhagen.

What's Included
  • Two units of UR credit, including one FSVP
  • Pick up service from airport
  • Health and liability insurance
  • 24 hour Emergency phone support
  • Discounted cell phone options
  • Discounted bike rental options
  • Student information and service desk
  • Arrival Workshop, together with DIS summer students
  • Registration and informational sessions
  • Group transportation from DIS to housing location, meet Social and Residential Advisor, get acquainted with the building/area, quick arrival dinner
  • Welcome ceremony
  • Orientation activities
  • Access to printing services and computer labs
  • Public transportation passes for unlimited travel from housing location to DIS
  • Internet access
  • Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond
  • Museum and site entrance fees
Not Included
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Texts and art supplies
Activities & Excursions

In addition to our time in Copenhagen, we will also take day trips to Henslinør, Bagsvaerd, Roskilde, Fredensborg, Hallebaek, Hillerød, Klampenborg, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Application, Timeline & Fees

Application & Deposit: February 16, $300 nonrefundable deposit with application

  • Application DeadlineExtended to Friday, February 23, 2018!
  • 1st Payment: March 16
  • Final Payment: April 16

Cost: $6,800 (not including round-trip airfare to/from Copenhagen)

The exchange rate against the Danish Krone has been stable. Budget between $20 and $40/day for food. Submit payments in the Student Accounts office (payable to University of Richmond, designated Denmark Study Abroad).

Visual Resources Librarian
Professor of Art
Chair, Department of Art and Art History
Painting & Drawing, Land and Environmental Art; Color Theory/Practice; Contemporary Art Theory/Practice
Application Information

All interested students, both UR and non-Richmond, may apply online using Gateway Abroad, the same online application system used for semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

Follow this link to begin your online application:

  1. Select the Apply Now button/link
  2. UR students may log into the system using your UR netID and password
  3. Non-UR students should review the Non-Richmond Students instructions
  4. complete the online application and select your program

Contact Us

Office of Summer Studies
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays