University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Summer 2018: London Visual Communications

Program Dates June 03, 2018 - July 08, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview London is currently one of the most creative and celebrated advertising and graphic design communities on the planet. AdWeek, a major advertising publication, listed the ten most creative advertising agencies in the world, three of which are headquartered in the city of London (three were also from the whole of the United States). Participants will have an excellent opportunity to broaden their own visual creative experiences and their understanding of an increasingly more visually-oriented global culture. We will focus on people and places related to advertising, mass communication and related industries, such as graphic design, applied photography, new media, illustration, and publication.

Students will be involved in two investigatory and interactive for-credit experiences.The first is the visiting of a variety of commercial visual design groups in London which may include design-related museums, advertising agencies, design studios, new media / interactive design studios, illustrators, photographers, commercial directors and magazines.

The second is an independent research effort (i.e. advertising campaigns, editorial design, typography and posters) and the production of a report in the form of a journal, artist's book or Web site. The second topic must be approved before the program begins.

As the world shrinks, more mass communication is presented though the use of visual elements to avoid the inherent problems of working across differing languages. The need arises to cut through the visual clutter to get one's message noticed and to counter the ever increasing lack of time. This study abroad program in London offers an excellent opportunity for just such a case study and at a highly creative level.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, a tube pass valid for zones 1-2, medical insurance, entrances to museums, workshops, visits to experts in the field of design and graphic art. Students will be housed in accommodations with cooking facilities.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare or ground transportation to meet the group in London. The program officially begins when students arrive in London. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ART 318-070: Applied Design Visits (3 credits)
ART 319-070: Applied Design Topics (3 credits)
UNIV 370-075: Study Abroad - London VC (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,160.00$4,160.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,418.00$10,166.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
William Deering
Faculty Director
103A Recitation Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on November 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on November 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: December 06, 2017

Interest Meetings:
09/12/2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 103 Recitation Hall
10/17/2017, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, 103 Recitation Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.