The VPA Department believes in the transformational experience of global learning. Programs focused in visual and performing arts give students the opportunity to observe and practice their craft through the lens of another culture. These truly life-changing experiences build student's awareness and understanding of how art exists in the world and how it connects to their medium.
Study away programs are organized through the Center for Global Learning, and every year different art, theatre, and dance programs are offered through Luther College and partnering organizations. Explore programs relevant to your interests through Luther programs, Consortium/Exchange programs, or ACM programs:
Academic Programs International (API) - Cork, Ireland
"Most of all, I loved living in a foreign country! I was able to walk to get my groceries, to class, and to parks. I lived with roommates from the U.S., Spain, and France. It was great to be able to experience a different culture and lifestyle! I also loved having a whole month to travel around Europe! I was able to go to the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and Scotland! It was an experience that I will never forget!"
Picturing Change, street photography in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau
"The most memorable feeling was probably how foreign I felt; not only was I a white female in a predominantly Asian culture, but I was a white female with a big camera taking pictures of a predominantly Asian culture. Being a photographer while attempting to be a traveler really changed the playing field for me, and it made me realize how essential it is to immerse yourself in many cultures, rather than look at everything like a fish bowl."
Jews and Judaism, Netherlands/Germany/Czech Republic/Poland
"The most memorable moment for me was connecting experience with place, there is so much art that has been created in response to the events of WWII, it was rewarding to be in the place where these events took place and to see the way a community can rebuild and how they are still rebuilding after such events."