Czech Republic

Arts Studios in Creative Writing, Contemporary Dance & Photography

Explore photography, creative writing, or contemporary dance through an intensive arts workshop, while examining current debates around arts, politics, and society.

At a Glance

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Dates

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries

Czech Republic

Program Base

Prague, Czech Republic

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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Overview

Artists are foremost custodians of free expression in the Czech Republic and other Central European young democracies. In this program, you will learn about mechanisms artists employ to engage political debate and promote the values of inclusion and social justice, take part in daily workshops with professional artists, and attend performances, exhibitions, and other cultural events. You may select one of three studio workshops. Photography students will learn experimental photo methods such as photogram, collage and montage, and stop motion animation, with historical roots in the Czech art scene, and prepare their own exhibition at a public art gallery. Creative writing students will write fiction under the guidance of a local novelist, read and critique contemporary Czech fiction and poetry, and present their own work at a final literary evening. Contemporary dance students take part in daily studio work, attend performances, learn about trends in Czech dance, and create a final dance performance. The intensive J-term also includes day trips to regional alternative arts spaces, galleries, and other off-the-beaten track arts initiatives devoted to community building and engaging social justice debates and politics.  

Highlights

  • Develop your skills in photography, writing, or dance under the guidance of top Czech artists.
  • Attend exhibitions, performances, and other cultural events.
  • Explore the intersection of the arts and social justice issues in Central Europe.
  • Gain first-hand experience in the Czech cultural scene and its unique community arts initiatives.

Prerequisites

None, but it is recommended background in the visual arts, literature or creative writing, and contemporary dance, which requires intensive physical studio work.

Program Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a stunning historical city with a dynamic alternative arts scene that provides an ideal laboratory for exploring contemporary social issues and politics of Central Europe through the lens of the arts. 

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

Academics

Coursework

Under the mentorship of leading Czech visual, literary, and performance artists, you will create your own exhibition, performance, or literary work while gaining first-hand insight into the way contemporary artists can engage society and politics by mirroring, provoking, and engaging the critical debates of our time. You will be immersed in Prague’s alternative cultural scene and encouraged to explore the city and work with the genus loci of specific historical city quarters, parks and other unique locations that may inform your own creative work. All studios require intensive studio work, arts field journal, and preparation your work for a final exhibition, dance performance, or literary reading. 

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 10 hours introduction to the Czech cultural scene in the classroom and galleries and through on-site lectures and roundtables
  • 25 hours creative, literary, or performing arts studio work
  • 10 hours attending performances and discussions with artists

Contemporary Dance Studio

Creative Writing Studio

Creative Writing Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3007 / 3 credits)

Photography Studio

Photography Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3008 / 3 credits)

Homestays

Homestay

Students will live with Czech families.

Other Accommodations

Other housing includes pensions or hotels during the five-day introduction and orientation component and on excursion outside Prague.

Faculty & Staff

Czech Republic: Arts Studios in Creative Writing, Contemporary Dance & Photography

Sarah Brock, MA

Discover the Possibilities

  • COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

    The total cost for this program is $3,750, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.