Global Perspective

Arts Management Study Abroad trip to Scotland and Ireland 2018


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Summer Study Abroad Programs Cancelled. The university has cancelled all summer 2021 study abroad programs due to the ongoing pandemic and continuing travel restrictions. Students will still be able to participate in their studies on the Mason Korea campus and will also have the option of participating in virtual programs. A decision about study abroad programs for fall 2021 will be made at a later date.

Make Study Abroad Part of Your Mason Experience

Combine your study of the arts with an international experience in your field. Mason offers several study abroad options that are closely tied to majors in the arts.

Gain a global perspective that will set you apart from the crowd:

  • Gain proficiency in a foreign language
  • Adapt to new situations and apply them to "old" habits
  • Deepen your understanding for different cultures
  • Learn how to manage ambiguity
  • Become more self-confident as you grow personally - and professionally

"Studying abroad didn't just enhance my overall education but it impacted my personal life. The people we met, the organizations we spoke with, and the overall culture provided me with an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget."

—Gina Cashia, Arts Management 2016 Graduate and Participant in the 2015 Course International Arts Management: The Netherlands.

Past CVPA Programs

Ireland: Myths, Music, Stories and Dance - Summer 2020

Summer 2020 - July 31, 2020 to August 14, 2020 (rescheduled from June)

Embrace the life of an Irish musician, dancer, storyteller and writer as we explore the performing, visual, and literary arts and cultural heritage of Ireland!

Immersive learning experiences will put students in the field with service learning, interactive projects, behind-the-scenes access, and meetings with top arts leaders.

Topic areas: 

Preservation and Promotion of heritage arts, national identity, economic drivers in the arts, marketing policy, fundraising, and cultural heritage management.

Program fee: $4,602

3 credits/3 weeks: Grad/Undergrad

study Abroad Katies Cottage Ireland
Katie's Cottage, Ireland

Mason Jazz Heads to Brazil - March 6-15, 2020! - cancelled due to COVID

Mason School of Music's Mason Jazz department was awarded a grant by the George Mason University Global Discovery Program to travel to São Paulo, Brazil over spring break. The Latin American Ensemble and faculty will travel to Campinas and São Paulo, Brazil to take in Brazilian culture through educational events, workshop, cultural activities and performances. More information to be determined.

Find out more about the trip.

Mason Jazz Heads to Brazil

Arts Management going to NYC for Winter 2020!

AMGT 599 New York City: From Broadway to the Museum Mile was led by Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay!

The London Theatre Tour - Winter 2019

Winter 2019

January 2 - January 16, 2019

This Winter Break, make the world your stage by studying abroad for two weeks in London! Led by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University, this study abroad program has been one of Mason Study Abroad's most popular for over nine years running! Participants will see a number of shows, ranging from fringe productions to West End productions. A distinguishing component of this program are the workshops and backstage tours that students will attend. Backstage tours and interactive workshops are two of the highlights of this program, especially those conducted by the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Previous plays have included:

  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
  • Golem
  • Treasure Island
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Love’s Labours Won
  • Behind the Beautiful Forever’s
  • Scottsboro Boys
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • Assassin’s

International Arts & Cultural Relations Management in Paris & London, Winter 2019

Winter Break 2019

Application Deadline: 10/21/2018 **

Decision Date: Rolling Admission

Program dates: January 2-18, 2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Study Game Design in Scotland, at the first university in the world to offer a Computer Games degree

Study Abroad at Abertay University

Due to the popularity of this program, the Abertay University Bilateral Exchange program is full for Spring 2018 and Calendar Year 2018. Applications for Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 will open in December 2017.

The Computer Game Design program is partnered with Abertay University in Scotland in an international Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at Abertay, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. While all Mason students are eligible for this program, Bilateral Exchange Programs are the most economical option for in-state tuition payers to go abroad.

Abertay University

Abertay was the first university in the world to offer a computer games degree, and the first in the United Kingdom to be recognized as a Center for Excellence in Computer Games Education. Located in the heart of Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city, Abertay benefits greatly from its central location, the proximity to all transport links, shopping malls, and civic amenities. This allows students to have a vibrant cultural scene within walking distance.

Abertay’s approach to game education incorporates workplace simulation and development environments. The learning spaces, therefore, are a combination of dedicated development studios and project spaces. These spaces include:

  • A green screen and motion capture studio
  • A 3D modelling and animation suite
  • A professional grade sound and audio recording studio
  • A Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality lab
  • A life drawing studio

Please follow these links for more information on studying abroad at Abertay and the Abertay's Computer Game Program.

How to Apply

More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the Mason Study Abroad website.

Abertay University Scotland
Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland

Arts Management in Scotland and Ireland, Summer 2018

Summer Session: AMGT 599 (3 Credits – Graduate, 6 Credits – Undergraduate)

This trip has already taken place, but the information below will give an outline of what to expect for future trips.

Classes in Arlington, VA: May 21st – 24th & June 28th – 30th, 2018
Classes in Scotland: May 30th – June 6th, 2018
Classes in Ireland: June 6th – June 17th, 2018

Led by Academic Director, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay

During this course students immersed themselves in international arts management strategies in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Ness) and Ireland (Dublin, Galway and the Aran Islands). Students gained a historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing, visual, and literary arts throughout the world. Our time abroad included meetings with top arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, designers and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.

Topics that were explored included:

  • economic drivers in the arts
  • marketing and community outreach
  • policy and fundraising strategies
  • national identity and cultural heritage and the arts, and
  • day-to-day arts management challenges in both regions.

We examined how European Union initiatives such as the Capitals and Cities of Culture programs have impacted the arts in Glasgow and Galway and how popular culture tourism drivers such as the Outlander, Braveheart, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones franchises celebrate and popularize the culture, arts and heritage of both countries.

Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, National Museum of Scotland, National Bagpiping Centre, The National Leprechaun Museum, Scottish Writers’ Museum, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Irish Writers Centre, The James Joyce Centre, Irish Arts Council, Project Art Centre, National Museum of Ireland, Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum; traditional music, dance and storytelling tours, visits to castles, cliffs, lochs, and the historic Highlands and islands regions, and taking part in the world famous Bloomsday events in Dublin, among other adventures.

Our itinerary was structured to allow students to explore additional arts venues and events according to their individual areas of interest and the surrounding regions during scheduled open time.

People interested in learning more about international marketing, fundraising, arts policy, community outreach, tourism and cultural heritage management, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course!

Included in the Program Fee:

  • Tuition for 3 credits (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  • Housing (Shared occupancy with free full breakfast included)
  • Tours, guest lectures, workshops, meetings, networking opportunities
  • Day Trips to Loch Ness, the Scottish Highlands, and the Aran Islands
  • Theatre Performances at the Traverse, Abbey ad Druid Theatre Companies

Not included:

  • International airfare and daily personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Daily Lunch & Dinner (Two dinners are provided: Welcome and Departure dinners)
  • Optional performance events and tours

The International Arts Management summer study abroad class explored Scotland before heading to Ireland this summer. While there, they had an amazing chance to meet with some of the staff of the National Theatre of Scotland. While abroad students gain historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing, visual, and literary arts throughout the world. Students met with arts leaders and visited organizations such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Scotland, Druid Theatre Company, National Museum of Scotland, The National Leprechaun Museum, Irish Writers Centre, The James Joyce Centre, Irish Arts Council, Project Art Centre, National Museum of Ireland, and the Claddagh Arts Centre.

Arts Management Study Abroad trip to Scotland and Ireland 2018

My overall experience in the Netherlands was amazing! I could connect with my classmates and my professors, and to be able to visit the number of art organizations that we did was truly mind-blowing. I appreciated the number of different organizations we met with since it was interesting to realize that the issues and concerns we have in the United States are the same in Europe....It truly felt like an exchange of ideas.

—Susan Hopson Arts Management 2016 Graduate and Participant in the 2015 Course International Arts Management: The Netherlands.

Photography in Laos. Summer 2018

June 1-30, 2018
Credits 6

This trip has already taken place, but the information below will give an outline of what to expect for future trips.

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos; Vientiane, Laos

Anticipated Course Options*:
Art and Visual Technology- AVT 356: Fundamental Lighting
Art and Visual Technology- AVT 457: Advanced Lighting
*Subject to change

This 4 week course introduces students to location photography and the special techniques needed to create compelling narratives. Emphasis is placed on storytelling, along with production processes and contemporary media output methods. Students will explore concepts of both fiction and non-fiction narrative through a variety of lighting and shooting techniques. The class is devoted to subject research and creative photography, as well as the planning and logistics needed when shooting on location.

Program Highlights

Students learn how to work with location lighting in photography and develop a narrative story telling through picture. Furthermore students learn the culture of the country. 

Visit the historic Luang Prabang. Located in the valley near the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, it is known for its beauty and many Buddhist temples.

Visit the School of Art website.

Laos Vietnam

Dance and Culture in Cuba

Experience Afro-Caribbean music and dance in Cuba, its cultural epicenter

This trip has already taken place, but the information below will give an outline of what to expect for future trips.

Coursework includes studio study of the vital West-African traditions of eastern Cuba and daily on-site emergence in the exciting social milieu (Salsa, Rumba, Santeria) that is uniquely Cuban. This intensive field class will take place in Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa and Guantanamo City. The director of this program, Jim Lepore, Professor of Dance at George Mason University, has long-standing professional relationships with the Cuban artists who will act as our mentors.

Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0
Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3

Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate

Type of Program: Faculty-led

Dance and Culture in Cuba
Dance and Culture in Cuba

Mason dancers experience Afro-Caribbean music and dance in Cuba.

Study Abroad with Mason Vocal Studies and Opera Program

Each summer, students and faculty from the Mason Vocal Studies and Opera program have the opportunity to travel and study abroad, enjoying trips to vocal competitions and festivals. This is an invite-only type of opportunity and does not count towards college credit. Enjoy the video below from the Vocal Program's trip to Italy.

The School of Music and Mason Community Arts Academy partner with Costa Rica

Study Abroad Partnership with Costa Rica

The School of Music and Mason Community Arts Academy have established a study abroad partnership with Costa Rica to deliver musical instruments to music schools in need. In May 2017, a group of international teaching scholars (Mason students) will travel to Costa Rica with faculty members to deliver the instruments.

In spring 2016, a small group of musicians, educators and philanthropists – including Mason Community Arts Academy staff and board members – traveled to Costa Rica on a mission. They had been invited by SINEM Academic Director Ernesto Brenes to visit their arts-based outreach programs and explore ways that Mason and SINEM might collaborate to bring hope through music to challenged communities in the region.

Out of this trip and the ensuing meetings, on-site program visits, discussions and brainstorming, the new “International Teachings Scholars” program was born: a multi-faceted partnership between Mason’s School of Music, Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy, the Instituto Nacional de la Musica in San Jose, El Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical (SINEM), Leon 13 and Conservatorio de Castella.

Please find more information and photos in the articles below:

From the Costa Rica Star newspaper:

Costal Rica
Mason junior Oliver Delotto (left), music student Kanako Chikami and senior Max Fahland performed a variety of new and classic percussion chamber music with the students at the San Jose Music Conservatory in Costa Rica in April, 2015. Photo courtesy of Oliver Delotto.