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Art in China 2015


The 2015 International Studies Program to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), to be conducted May 21 – June 11, 2015, will provide approximately 20 ASU undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the visual art, education system, and culture of one of the world’s oldest, enduring, and rapidly developing modern day civilizations. The program will consist of four interrelated undergraduate courses of study - two seminar based courses and two studio based courses. Students will be introduced to the history, culture, and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese civilization and by contrast explore contemporary trends and movements in the visual arts, education and culture that are currently developing in major urban centers. In fulfilling the objectives of the program students will travel extensively throughout the PRC, and be exposed to some of China’s most important cultural treasures, monuments, and cultural centers.

   Summary Facts

  • Summer Session I
  • Travel Dates: May 21 - June 11, 2015
  • Six hours of undergraduate credit
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 21, 2014 


ISTD 3381: Chinese Art: A Historical and Cultural Survey. An examination of Chinese art and culture from pre-history to the modern era, with special emphasis on understanding the visual arts in context of the history, philosophy, literature, and religion of Chinese civalization. Instructor Mr. Randy Hall.

ISTD 3381: Exploring the International Art World. A study of the international art world as it has developed in the Peoples Republic of China. Particular emphasis will be given to exploring traditional approaches to the exhibition and market of the visual arts in China and contrasting this experience with emerging contemporary trends and global venues. This course will include visits to galleries, museums, art institutes, art centers, and artist studios. Instructor Mr. Ben Sum.

ISTD 3381: Contemporary Artists Books and Journals. A studio based research course exploring tools, media, and techniques for creating contemporary artist books and travel journals. students will create original “artists books” in response to their travels in China and prepare them for public exhibition. Instructor Mr. Randy Hall.

ISTD 3381: International Travel Photography. This course will explore the tools, media, and techniques of Professional Travel Photography from a Fine Arts Perspective. Students will learn how to use a digital camera and related photo-editing software to create original works of art.  Students will process and print their own photographs and prepare them for public display in a gallery exhibition. Instructor Mr. Ben Sum. 

   Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.


Travel Expenses

  • Round trip airfare from San Angelo to Hong Kong $1,650.00 - $1,850.00

Mainland China

  • Beijing - 6 days (Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Night Market, Summer Palace, Great Wall Mutianyu, Olympic Sites, Art Museum, Art Space 798, Hutong Tour
  • Wudang - 2 days (Wudang Museum, Nanyuan Palace, Prince Slope)
  • Xi’an - 4 days (Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, QínShǐhuáng Tomb, Ancient Palace, Muslim Street, Bike on the City Wall, Big Goose Temple, Art Street)
  • Jindezhen - 4 days (Porcelain Factory, Ceramics Institute, Yaoli Waterfall, Wuyuan Countryside)
  • Hong Kong - 5 days (Hong Kong Museum of Art, Architecture Walk, Victory Harbor/Peak, Lantau Island, Tai O Fishing Village, Giant Buddha, Cattle Depot Art Center, Wongai Tai Sin Temple
  • Leave for USA

Link to Calendar Itinerary

   Student Eligibility

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must have completed a cumulative 30 hours of course work at time of application and be enrolled at ASU and remain an ASU student through the study abroad program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 at time of application

   Program Cost

Basic travel cost of the program will be between $4,950.00 - $5,300.00 which will cover round-trip airfare, accommodations, and domestic travel costs within the PRC. Actual cost will depend upon the cost of airline tickets, RMB/dollar exchange rates and the number of students participating. Students will also be responsible for passport and visa application fee, travel insurance, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Local transportation, additional excursions and extra meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student.Students selected for the program will be eligible for financial support that will be used to defray program costs. The program cost does not include ASU tuition and fees for six credit hours. This amount has not been set by the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System for summer, 2015. Summer 2014 undergraduate resident tuition and fees was $1,681.08.

   Faculty Leadership

The program will be co-directed by Mr. Ben Sum, Associate Professor of Art, Department of Art and Music and Mr. Ralph Randall Hall (Randy), Associate Professor of Art, Department of Art and Music.  Both co-directors have experience leading student groups through participation in the Center for International Studies Atudy Abroad Program in China in 2010 and 2013.

Learn More About this program


Mr. Ralph Randall Hall
Associate Professor of Art
Office: CARR 236
Phone: (325) 942-2085
ext. 226


Mr. Ben Sum Associate Professor of Art
Office: CARR 246B
Phone: (325) 942-2085
ext. 285

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