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Ohio Northern Announces Academic Consortium Agreement with The University of the Arts in London

University of the Arts LondonOhio Northern University department of art & design announced this month a strategic affiliation agreement with The University of the Arts London. This consortium agreement will provide select Ohio Northern students an opportunity to study at the London-based school for a semester, beginning with the 2009–2010 academic year.

“Ohio Northern’s affiliation with the University of the Arts London is an outstanding opportunity for the university, our college, department, our students and faculty to interact with one of the most respected art and design schools in the world,” commented Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design.

“We are excited that we are one of the few undergraduate programs in the country to be involved with this type of educational program,” commented Rowe. “In additional to selected students being able to study at the University of the Arts London, we are looking forward to the intellectual and cultural exchange opportunities this connection represents as we continue to strengthen and develop our programs.”

University of Arts London is Europe’s largest university for art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is a vibrant world center for innovation, comprising six internationally renowned colleges:
• Camberwell College of Arts
• Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
• Chelsea College of Art and Design
• London College of Communication
• London College of Fashion
• Wimbledon College of Art.

University of the Arts London is a diverse and creative community of 24,000 full and part-time students from over 100 countries. The consortium agreement provides a unique opportunity for visual arts and design students to study in one of the world’s most important cities for graphic design. While living and studying in London, Europe’s hub for museums and design research and technology, design students can enroll in courses such as visual thinking, typography, information design, narrative structures and graphic and spatial design.

The department of art & design already has a specific cooperative art exchange agreement with the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The University also has agreements with the Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy and the Burren School of Art in Co. Clare, Ireland. Numerous other international opportunities are available to students at Ohio Northern including studying in Cuba, South America and Europe. ONU is a member of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) which provides many study abroad and internship opportunities.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department.