Global Positioning Studies
Global Positioning Studies is an interdisciplinary visual art and design initiative that positions students at the crossroads between a local sense of place and a global understanding of that place in the world.
Through direct experience, Global Positioning Studies (GPS)
courses encourage students to engage the world as a fertile ground for art making
and critical research. Students are required to
take at least one GPS course during the course of their studies.
Experience the beauty of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in the Jackson Hole Photography Workshop, or explore the remote northern desert region of Chile in Space: Atacama. Learn centuries-old art-making traditions in China through our Ceramics in China or Painting in China programs. Study intricate and stunning craftsmanship in the Medieval Stained Glass in France course. Examine ancient ruins in Rome and modern Italian art in Milan through the Disegno Italia program. Immerse yourself in another culture and learn what no book or lecture can teach.
Student award funding is available to help fund full-time outstanding School of Art & Design students to take a GPS course. Funding preference is given to those planning to attend off-campus courses with greater travel expenses.