UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Summer: United Kingdom: Design Discovery: London (LARC/ARTT)

London, United Kingdom
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SU 19 UK
DESIGN influences every part of our daily lives. We are going to the City of London and the nearby countryside to explore the intersection of imagination, fabrication and transformation in a variety of design endeavors—from fashion to furniture, from typographical fonts to farm fields and forests. Find out what industrial design and garden design share, what building design and graphic design have in common. Find out what design thinking is all about. Discover how design in Great Britain has led to invention and innovation worldwide. Discover yourself in the world of design.

You will meet artists, design professionals and crafts people throughout London and its environs. This course will integrate experiential learning, product and site research, and project-based learning with British professional designers and local and international students of design.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

This program is open to all majors. Students in Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History and Archaeology, and Non-Designers who are looking into the fields of design are encouraged to apply.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • LARC489K: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Design Discovery UK: London
  • ARTT369D: Special Topics in Study Abroad III: Design Discovery UK: London

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will stay in the Hampden House, Marylebone, London UK.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*Costs are current for Summer 2020.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Graphic designer and artist Ruth Lozner, and Landscape Architect Jack Sullivan will team-teach this course.

Jack Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.

Ruth Lozner is an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Art

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leaders. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Explore how important historic and contemporary British designers have responded to cultural needs, employed and advanced new technologies, and invented new ways to improve the quality of life.
  • Meet world-class practitioners of art and design and visit the environments they have created, the industries they have influenced, and the works they have produced.
  • Learn about the global role of the British creative industries from the practitioners, purveyors and curators of art and design at a selection of agencies and firms, art and fabrication studios, city gardens, national parks, country estates, and auction houses.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 06/13/2020 06/30/2020