England & Scotland: Photography & Contemporary Art

Summer 2019 Program
Prof. Rebecca Miller & Dr. Tom Russo

A woman photographs a bustling city streetThe principal goals of this program are to explore the making of contemporary art and to make contemporary art – through photography – in England and Scotland. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of art galleries, museums and historic sites as venues for the display and consumption of art by the public and on the creation of photographs that capture the contemporary cultures and people of the cities we visit! Themes we will examine include identity, food, place, history, spirituality, cultures and memory.

Depending on our topic for the day, our classrooms on this 18-day tour will be the urban environments of London, Lincoln and Edinburgh – public squares, river walks, museums, cafés, galleries, markets, important cultural sites, cathedrals, castles, etc. We will look at and discuss contemporary art in galleries and have pop-up photographic shows of your photos! Classes will meet from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. most days and there will be scheduled free time to explore on your own.

A woman examines a piece of art in a museum Students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand and in-depth the contemporary art and cultures of England and Scotland. We will examine how contemporary art and culture in the United Kingdom merges with and complements the surrounding historical elements in the urban environment. To understand the people of today, we will learn about the history of each city and how the past has conditioned the present in terms of the city, the people and art.

No previous art or art history classes are necessary to participate in this program. All majors are welcome! The 6 hours of credit earned in this program can count to Core and general elective credit as well as credit in the Art History, Fine Art and Design Art majors/minors! Additionally, at no extra cost, students can sign up for PDEV 205: Study Abroad and earn one of their Engaged Learning credits for graduation.

Courses Offered:
ARTZ 260: Photography I (3 credits) or ARTZ 380: Field Studies: Design and Fine Art (3 credits), taught by Prof. Rebecca Miller
ARTH 356: Contemporary Art (3 credits) or ARTH 380: Field Studies: Art History (3 credits), taught by Dr. Tom Russo
PDEV 205: Engaged Learning - Study Abroad (0 hours, fulfills Engaged Learning Graduation requirement) 

Dates of Travel: May 19 - June 5, 2019
Program Fee: $3,950
Drury Tuition (6 credit hours): $1,531
Personal Expenses: $2,700

Program Fee: includes Heathrow Express ticket, London Underground TravelCard, Railway tickets (London – Lincoln; Lincoln – Edinburgh); Edinburgh airport transport, accommodation in twin or triple room, all breakfasts, museum & library fees, administrative/faculty fees, guided tours and international health insurance.        

Personal Expenses:  Includes RT airfare from U.S. to UK ($1400), lunches and dinners, additional taxis, souvenirs, gifts, and entertainment, passport and photos (if needed).
Note: we will try to make our air travel arrangements together so that we can fly as a group.

Deposit Deadlines:
First non-refundable deposit:
$650 due October 1, 2018
Second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit:
$1,100 due November 1, 2018
Third non-refundable, non-transferable deposit:
$1,100 due December 1, 2018
Remaining Balance:
$1,100 due by February 1, 2019

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Rebecca Miller
Director of Arts Administration Program
(417) 873-6337


Dr. Tom Russo
Professor of Art and Art History
(417) 873-7413