The College of Design sponsors several design-related study abroad programs.
The Prague Institute is located just a few minutes away from the Old Town center in a 13th Century building accessible through a large, wooden gate into a courtyard.
The facilities provide students with spaces for instruction, studio work, cooking, socializing, movie nights, and more. The Institute spans three floors with three entrances. It houses multiple lecture/seminar rooms, studios, computer labs, a library, and a student lounge complete with a kitchen. A variety of shops, markets, and restaurants are conveniently located near the Institute.
Students live in the Students House of Mikoláš Aleš, named after famous Czech artist, is next to the city center and adjacent to the picturesque Stromovka and Letná Park. Stromovka and Letná parks are great places for running or just relaxing and enjoying nature in the middle of the city. Letná park, which sits atop Letná hill, is famous for scenic views of the Prague Old Town skyline. Not far from the dormitory, you will also find the famous Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world and home of the Czech president. All students receive in-city travel passes to ride on trams, metro, and buses. An orientation upon arrival acquaints students with the mass transit system, currency, and social customs.
Summer in London: Stitching at the Royal School of Needlework
This program partners with the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at their headquarters in historic Hampton Court Palace, just south of London. Students will learn traditional embroidery techniques with an RSN tutor and the history of stitching in the British Isles through a series of field trips. This program takes advantage of the rich history of embroidery in the UK and the richness of its museum and private collections. Additionally, as British culture has been affected by other cultures across the globe, students will see the influences of each culture in the embroidery and will discuss the importance of stitching in people’s lives throughout British history.
This program is open to students within NC State as well as other universities. There is a rolling application deadline, so apply today if you are interested!
Summer in Stuttgart
The IDM program in Stuttgart delivers this mix of key management and design tools, with students in both design and business working together on real-world innovation problems. The program includes activities and local excursions to promote a multidisciplinary approach to innovation, design, and management. The program is based in Stuttgart at the ABK Institute, and includes project activities with local companies and interaction with ABK Design students. Area excursions include Lake Konstanz, the Mercedes and Porsche museums, and several days in Munich at the program’s conclusion.
The program includes project-based learning and company visits in Stuttgart and Munich. The business course “Innovation, Design, and Management” uses exercises, cases, and seminars to present a manager- relevant perspective to “design thinking” for user-centric innovation. The project- oriented studio course, in conjunction with the study of innovation and design in Germany, will connect with local companies to tackle business-relevant opportunities with hands-on experience in industrial design. The program setting at ABK-Stuttgart (a State Academy of Fine Arts) provides an excellent opportunity to interact with European design students and faculty. Local excursions will examine the innovation and design culture in Germany, including the Munich area.
Design Students participate in a fully integrated program with Business students.
In addition, NC State University offers a number of Study Abroad programs around the world that offer courses which can fulfill curriculum requirements.