The Arts of Amsterdam: Arts Administration and Behind-the-Scenes of the Visual and Performing Arts in Holland
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Amsterdam, Holland
When Offered: Summer 2015
Faculty Leaders: Alison Cahen Lohr and April Oettinger
This three-week intensive blends Arts Administration--the business practices of arts and culture--with behind-the-scenes explorations of the performing and visual arts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Students attend performances and tour museums and alternative arts spaces not just experienced as an audience member or tourist, but as an active observer to examine how they are professionally managed and presented. Students will learn about the management and funding structures found in the Netherlands and will frequently meet with administrators, cultural leaders, practitioners, and other behind-the-scenes staff. We will also enjoy and explore the rich offerings of our host country's culture, history, and architecture, frequently traveling by bike for the ultimate Dutch experience.
The ICA will take advantage of the month-long Holland Festival in June: "A heady mix of theatre, music, dance, opera, film, and visual arts." In addition to immersing ourselves in Amsterdam, we will visit performing arts companies, museums, and cultural organizations in other Dutch cities--including The Hague and Rotterdam--and explore unique cultural spaces that adaptively reuse architectureand repurposed buildings. Housing is at the Student Hotel of Amsterdam, featuring single-room accommodations with private bath, shared kitchens, on-site restaurant and meal plans, gym, 24-hour security, and lounge and public areas to mingle with a vibrant, international community of students and young professionals. You will be expected to participate fully in all experiences; keep an ongoing, reflective journal; contribute to a group blog; research organizations or topics to lead questions and discussions with administrators; and contribute to our daily class discussion.
Eligibility and Prerequisites
This program is prioritized for Arts Administration Concentration students and students who are Arts Majors or Minors (Art History, Dance, Music, Studio Arts, and Theatre). Participants are required to take part in a preparatory half-semester course (ART 272Y /BUS 272Y) which will be held during the last seven weeks of the spring semester. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The three-week trip plus the seven week preparatory course are offered for a total of 4.5 credits.
The tentative cost of the program is between $3200 and $3500. This fee includes lodging, all local travel, most meals, admissions and experiences, required performance attendance, cultural and historic tours, and emergency assistance insurance. Students will have to pay their travel costs to and from Amsterdam (RT airfare and airport halls ground transportation). Note: Information is accurate at the time of publication, but is based on conditions over which Goucher has no control, including rates of exchange, airline fares, student enrollment, and the availability of facilities. Therefore, this information is subject to change without notice.
Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines
October 23, 2014: Application deadline
December 10, 2014: $500 non-refundable deposit is due
February 20, 2015: Final payment due