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A&D students and alumni gain international education

October—An understanding of a culture or region of the world other than one’s own is an important part of a professional and liberal arts education at Ohio Northern. It’s also a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society. The study abroad program in the department of art & design is designed to provide a range of opportunities for qualified students to study in Europe or elsewhere.

The chance to study abroad offers students endless rewards. The art & design department encourages its students to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn. The department’s study abroad coordinator, Prof. Melissa Eddings says, “Art majors should consider studying abroad to broaden art and design experiences, gain greater global understanding, and develop independence and self discipline. Our studio arts program requires students to study abroad.”

“Study abroad just doesn’t have an impact, but can truly transform lives,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design program. “Students learn about global engagement and cultural differences, and their place in the world. There is even evidence that studying abroad can help with a student’s career.”

This past summer, three ONU art & design students and two recent graduates studied at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.
• Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major
• Nicole Leirer, senior studio arts major
• Josie Dunham, senior studio arts major
• Andrew Adams, BFA/graphic design ’12
• Katelyn Amendolara, BFA/art education ’11

Ohio Northern is dedicated to giving students the chance not only to deepen their knowledge in their chosen career field but also to broaden their worldview by adding a global perspective.

“I highly recommend studying abroad,” said Nicole. “It was an unbelievable experience. At first I was a little timid because I was gone for an entire month. But, once I was there, I absorbed as much as I could—the culture, the classes, the museums, the history. I’ll never forget it.”

The department of art & design already has specific cooperative art exchange agreements with the University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Art and Design) in England and 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) that provides many study abroad and internship opportunities.

SACI Studio Art Centers International is a U.S. non-profit 501 c (3) university program in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking fully accredited studio art, design, and liberal arts instruction. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following study programs: Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, Post-Baccalaureate Year Abroad and SACI's Two-Year MFA in Studio Art Degree.

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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. 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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Senior graphic design major Kevin Drain and ONU Alumna Katelyn Amendolara work during one of their classes at SACI.