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Global Seminar: Art in Spain (Madrid, Spain)
Madrid, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 10-MAR-2014 
Variable 29-MAY-2014 04-JUL-2014

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
 Areas of Study:
Art History
 Minimum Required GPA:
 Preferred GPA Requirement:
 Minimum Class Standing:
3 - second-semester sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
No Program Course Prerequisites
 Housing Option(s):
Apartments/Houses, Hotel/Hostel
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
6 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
5 Weeks
Program Information:

Please note: This program will run in 2014; for summer 2015, see the Art in France program.


Dali Museum Figueres - Click to view more photos

  • Dive deep into the rich visual art culture of Spain with this Global Seminar based in Madrid.

  • Spend a few days in Barcelona experiencing Catalonian culture.

  • Gain a profound sense of the Islamic influence and its interface with Christian aesthetic principles.

  • In addition to Madrid and Barcelona, enjoy the diverse influences on art in other Spanish cities with field trips to Toledo, Granada, Figueres and Pujol.


The program is based in Madrid, with visits to Granada and Toledo, and a one-week stay in Barcelona with visits to Figueres and Pujol. It will provide you marvelous exposure to these beautiful cities and teach how to take advantage of their incredible artistic wealth. By visiting various cities, you will experience the extraordinary diversity that exists within one country. By visiting Mosques, Cathedrals and Synagogues, you will see how Spain's diverse history has shaped the modern culture. Although much can be learned by attending slide lectures and reading countless books, there is nothing like living and learning in the actual place where the art was produced.




You will take two 3-credit upper-division Art History courses for a total of 6 credit hours: Art in Spain; from Goya to 1900 ARTH 3359 and Art in Spain; from Picasso to 1980 ARTH 3369. Most of the classes will be held in museums, galleries, and historic monuments, though some classes will be held in the ACCENT Center in Madrid. All lectures, papers, and exams are in English.


  • 5 weeks, early June to early July

Please note: This Global Seminar is offered every other summer (2010,2012, 2014, etc). It alternates with the director's other Global Seminar, Art in Paris, based in France.



For both Art History and Studio Arts majors, the courses count as "Fine Arts electives".


  University of Colorado
Course Levels

ARTH 3359: upper-division

ARTH 3369: upper division


6 University of Colorado credits




The program is directed by Frances Charteris from the Program for Writing & Rhetoric and from the Department of Art and Art History. She chooses program participants, leads a pre-departure orientation, teaches the courses, and acts as resident director in Spain. She is available in case of emergency. An organization called ACCENT is in charge of all logistical aspects of the program and ACCENT staff is also available in case of emergency.

See Frances' Faculty Spotlight.


When you are not "in class," you will have free time to revisit churches or museums, attend performances, converse with natives, discover Madrid's & Barcelona's beautiful parks, go exploring and shop in the outdoor markets. By utilizing your free time, you can plan a variety of activities that will help you learn more about the art, history, culture, and modern life of Madrid, Barcelona, and Spain.


In Madrid, you will be living in double occupancy rooms in shared student apartments, located in central Madrid (zone A). There may be at least 6 to an apartment. In Barcelona, you will live in a hotel and share a room with other participants.


You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Spain and back. The program officially begins and ends in Madrid. All transportation to required program activities and field trips within Spain is included.


Group Dinner courtesy of program Facebook Page




  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March. See for more information.






Installation at Mueso Nacional Centro de Arte de Reina Sofia by Unknown Photographer





This program is currently not accepting applications.