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Global Positioning Studies

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School of Art & Design students are encouraged to engage the world around them. 

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 in the BFA Art and Design and BA Art History/Technical Art History majors are required to take at least one GPS-designated course. Students in the BFA Art Education, BA Art Therapy, or BA Game Design and Interactive Media programs are not required to take a GPS course but may count GPS courses toward their ART or ARHS requirements.

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.

Learn more and apply now for a GPS Award