School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC

London + Paris Travel Study

Next Trip: May 2015

Experience the arts and their rich history in two global epicentres.

To visit London and Paris is to step into two of the most culturally, artistically, and historically rich and diverse cities in the world. In this travel study, students encounter artistic creations from the famous to the cutting edge, and are encouraged to consider the interdisciplinary connections amongst the arts. Students are also challenged to further integrate Christian thought into their own aesthetic sensibilities which enables them to make informed judgments about artistic creations. Experiencing the vibrant cultures of London and Paris, with their rich history, and central place in the history of artistic creation, makes this travel study an exciting opportunity. Trip highlights include visiting cultural sites, attending world-class performances, and dynamic group discussions about the arts.

Students may also explore the diverse offerings of London and Paris on their own. Most of the study takes place in London and Paris proper, but several day trips are also included. Past day trips have included Versailles, Oxford, and Windsor.

Past Activities and Highlights Have Included:

  • Shakespeare's Othello and Hamlet at the Globe Theatre, The American Pilot at Stratford, and a variety of plays and musicals in London's West End.
  • Concerts such as Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Debussy's opera Pelleas and Melisande at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), and Bobby McFerrin.
  • Galleries and museums such as the Louvre, The National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and the Musée d'Orsay.
  • Other cultural sites such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Notre Dame Cathedral, and Versailles.
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