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Graphic Design in the Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: LSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Spring/FallBreak Trips APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Graphic Design in The Netherlands

This excursion provides a thorough grounding of perceptual and problem solving skills to graphic design, with emphasis on the selection and communication of appropriate pictorial images, symbols, and typography. The study of methods and procedures used in the practice of graphic design will be taught in relation to the culture of The Netherlands and the cultural diversity of Amsterdam.

Experience a new culture while exploring an intensive and exciting area of Western graphic design.

Sessions will focus on several a 7-day class project and fieldtrips to design and architecture studios in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, with particular emphasis on the contribution and influence of graphic design work by Holland-born artists.

The impact of technology on the visual arts will be examined and discussed from contemporary and historical perspectives.  You will learn the history of visual communication in The Netherlands and become aware of Holland's contribution to graphic design.  Guest speakers, design studio, and museum visits will complement the topics learned in class.

Amsterdam will play a key role in your education, with emphasize being placed on Amsterdam's rich visual tradition as one of the world's most important cities for graphic design.  The city's design literacy is nurtured by generations-old buildings, its museums of fine and applied arts, as well as one of the largest concentrations of design and architectural firms in the world.  Taking advantage of the resources in Amsterdam will allow you to make meaningful connections in your own work.

Planned fieldtrips include:

  • AmsterdamBob Van Dijk Studio
  • Thonik
  • Anthon Beeke
  • Dick Bruna
  • Wim Crouwel
  • Lex Reitsma
  • Thomas Widdershoven
  • Jacques Koeweiden
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Maurithuis Museum
  • Resistance Museum
  • Escher in het Paleis
  •  Stedelijk Museum
  • Cube Design Museum


Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee
March 23 March 31 $2,400

Program Fee Includes

  • mikeonaplaneAirfare to and from Amsterdam
  • Housing
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation within Holland
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance
Housing: You will stay in double rooms at the Westcord Art Hotel, a 4-star hotel located 10 minutes by public transport from the center of Amsterdam.  

The hotel has free wifi, air conditioning, bike rentals, and easy access to public transportation.  It is on the burder of Spaarndammerbuurt. 

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description
ART 4561 Survey of Graphic Design History

This program is a supplemental short course option and is open to all School of Art students, as well as those enrolled in ART 4561 (Survey of Graphic Design History)




January 22 Orientation 6:00pm (319 Design Bldg)
March 23 Depart the US
March 24 Arrive in Amsterdam; check into the hotel
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March 31 Check out of the hotel; fly home


Faculty Member Department Photo
Prof. Richard Doubleday Graphic Design doubleday

Eligibility & Withdrawal

students in AmsterdamIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Be a student in the School of Art or be enrolled in ART 4651 for spring 2018
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
Application Deadline
January 19, 2018

Although the application deadline is January 19, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements. 

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program.  

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after January 31, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) will appear on your billing statement on February 28.  

If you withdraw from the program: After January 31, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program.  The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw.  The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
January 31, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Too withdraw, please email  Your withdrawal must be in writing, and the date of your withdrawal will be the date that APA receives your written request to withdraw.

This program is currently not accepting applications.