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A&D students gain international education and study

November—Studying abroad is an incomparable experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live the life of another country, learn the customs of another culture and adapt to new surroundings. The success of a student’s experience depends to a large extent upon their own efforts to acclimate to living and studying in a foreign country.

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 world view by adding a global perspective.

This past fall semester, two A&D students studied in Europe.
• Katilin Bondra, a junior graphic design major from Mentor, studied at the Burren College of Art.
• Rebecca Krofcheck, a senior studio arts major from Westerville, studied at the Accademica Italiana.

The opportunity to studying abroad was an invaluable learning experience for Kaitlin.

“I learned how exciting it is to experience new places and new cultures. I also learned that learning outside the classroom is amazing. We were able to see things as we studied them. It really made everything come alive,” she says.

Kaitlin took a variety of design courses including branding design, package design and photography at the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. The school, considered one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy, was founded in 1984. It has campuses in Florence and in Rome, and cooperative programs with prestigious universities from all over the world. The Accademia Italiana offers bachelor’s programs and some masters programs in the fields of fashion and costume design, in interior and product design, graphic design, jewelry design, photography and new media. A department of Italian language and culture is also available.

“My classes were amazing. The professors were cool... In my coordinated image class, or the branding design class, we created a poster in a matter of days to get our brains moving and to discuss emotion. The professor wanted us to see the posters and to feel the message behind the design.”

Rebecca, just returning from Ireland, also encourages other students to study abroad. “I believe that every single person should study abroad. This experience benefited my life in numerous ways. There are hundreds of countries; so, pick the one that interests you and live there!” she said.

The Burren College of Art is an internationally recognized non-profit independent art college specializing in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. It is located in County Clare, Ireland with a philosophy of time, space and inspiration for artists in the unique Burren landscape. BCA has a maximum enrollment of 55 students at any one time and, because of its small scale, students quickly become acquainted with each other. Undergraduate and graduate students work together to program social events such as film screenings, daytrips or overnight trips to other parts of Ireland and Europe.

Art & design students at ONU have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in many countries throughout the world. 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 College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. Numerous other international opportunities are available to students at Ohio Northern, including studying in Cuba, South America and Europe, because ONU is a member of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) that provides many study abroad and internship opportunities.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 Kaitlin Bondra in front of the Roman Colosseum.