International Study

The Arts Administration program is committed to exposing its students to the growing impact of globalization on the art world. As part of the curriculum requirements, all Arts Administration students are required to take an International Travel Study Course. Using the resources of Boston University and other partner institutions abroad, recent courses have been offered in Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; Brussels, Belgium; London, England; and Havana, Cuba. Students are required to take at least one international course during their program of study. Arts in Barcelona is offered during spring break. Arts in Cuba is offered in early January. Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration (Dublin/London) is offered over the summer.

Courses

MET AR 777 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration

Drawing on the resources of Boston University in Boston, London, and Dublin this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union from 1945 to the present. Through lectures and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration faculty members in Dublin and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course will examine the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process. [4 credits]

MET AR 780 Arts in Cuba

An examination of the arts in Cuba from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on the unique role of the artist in Cuban society since the revolution and the role of migration across borders in the definition of identities and aesthetics. There will be visits to museums, music, theater and dance companies and foundations and government agencies that support the arts in Cuba. The course will take a highly contextual approach, locating the artwork, as much as possible in its historical, social, economic and cultural context. There will also be visits to artists' studios, talks with Cuban artists, and walking tours of the architecture of Havana. Cuba, U.S. and Europe's social models will be analyzed via comparative, historical and contemporary frameworks that define borders and identities and that shape people's movements, ideologies and migrations. [4 credits]

MET AR 787 The Arts in Barcelona

This course will look at the ways in which the arts have played a key role in the history of Barcelona and Madrid and by extension, Spain. To understand the city and its inhabitants and their sensibility one needs to have some knowledge of history -- particularly 20th century history and art history. To the Catalonian, Spain is to some degree an intellectual and political construct and there is a complex history in its relation to Madrid. With its own language, cultural traditions and cuisine the Catalonian sees himself as distinct from the Castilian Spanish speaking population of Spain. As a culture that experienced considerable oppression -- especially during the Franco regime, Catalonians are eager to celebrate and preserve their distinct customs and traditions. This has become particularly important over the past years as the Spanish economy has been in recession and the movement for Catalan independence was put to a vote this past winter. The course will focus on the relationship between the two cities and on the visual representations of social conflicts, civil unrest, violence and Foucauldian representations of madness in the arts. [4 credits]