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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Angelina Palumbo Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art
Program Description:

NAU in South Korea:
Culture as Form in South Korea

Summer 2021 program postponed. Please check back for Summer 2022 offering!

Faculty Leader: Jaewook Lee

Culture as Form in South Korea is a faculty-led study abroad program that is open for all NAU students who are interested in modern culture and arts in South Korea. Over the past twenty years, an abundance of new art and cultural forms have exploded in South Korea, ranging from K-pop to international art biennials. This course offers the portrait of complex and dynamic modes of cultural productions in South Korea since 1988. The course aims to explore how and why specific ways of living become cultural norms of South Korea. The student will visit various museums, alternative art spaces, and modern cultural districts. Also, students will meet top leading artists, curators, and scholars to hear unfiltered cultural stories of modern South Korea. Students will have an opportunity to make a public presentation about what they have learned at a high-profile museum in Seoul at the end of the course.

Course Information

Course Options (choose one):
  • SA 301 (Liberal Studies Cultural Understanding)
  • SA 302 (Liberal Studies Artistic & Humanistic Inquiry)
  • ART 399 Special Topics
  • CMF 482 Topics in Media Studies
Credits: 3
Graded Credit: Letter grade

Program Datessu20 korea photo 1

May 9 - 23, 2021


Name: Jaewook Lee
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Art. Jaewook Lee is a visual artist who has been shown his work in many major museums and galleries in South Korea for over ten years.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change):

Day TBD - Pre-departure meeting (logistics; pre-departure survey)
Day TBD - Pre-departure meeting (blog)
Day TBD - Depart for Seoul (8:15 am)
Day 1 - (Seoul): Arrive in Seoul
Day 2 - (Seoul): Artists’ Studio Visit
​Day 3 - (Seoul): MMCA Seoul, Art Sonje Center
​Day 4 - (Seoul): Seoul Museum of Art, MMCA
​Day 5 - (Gwangju): Asia Culture Center in Gwangju
​Day 6 - (Seoul): Boan Art Space
​Day 7 - (Seoul): Artists’ Studio Visit
​Day 8 - (Seoul): Total Museum of Art Presentation
​Day 9 - (Seoul): Sang Myung University
​Day 10 - (Seoul): Alternative Art Spaces
​Day 11 - (Seoul): Alternative Art Spaces
​Day 12 - (Seoul): Public Presentation Preparation 
​Day 13 - (Seoul): Public Presentation at the Boan Art Space
​Day 14 - (Seoul): Paper submission due
​Day 15 -(Seoul): Depart Seoul

Activities Designed for Cross-Cultural Experiences

A study abroad class in South Korea integrates arts and culture with student global engagement. Students will understand the unique modern South Korean culture and arts by visiting the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Seoul Museum of Art, Art Sonje Center in Seoul, and the Asian Culture Center in Gwangju, among other places in South Korea. Also, students will meet top leading artists, curators, and scholars to hear unfiltered cultural stories of modern South Korea. Students will create, analyze, and interpret cultural forms by making a public presentation at the BOAN Art Space. The public presentation will offer an opportunity to meet and speak with local people.  Also, students will explain the regional and global impacts of modern arts and culture of Korea by writing a reflection paper. During the pre-departure meeting, students will receive an orientation to basic Korean vocabulary in order to meet and greet people, purchase food and other essentials, use transportation and handle emergencies.

Application Requirement and Materials

This is a 3-credit study abroad course, which may apply as a general elective or major/minor elective by petition to your academic advisor.  No prerequisite required. 

Program Fee

See "Costs" above

Application Deadlinesu 20 korea photo

February 15, 2020

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/11/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA