Applications to join the Global Summer Experience 2019 programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2020 intake will open in autumn 2019. 

We are proud to announce an intensive and enjoyable month-long programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland. 

Highland games

The programme experience

The Global Summer Experience will introduce you to Scotland’s rich culture and heritage while also offering a sampling of university life, combining studio instruction with lectures, seminars and the opportunity to engage with contemporary practitioners and scholars in Art, Design and Humanities. This intensive month uniquely combines hands-on activities with day-long trips to many of Scotland’s beautiful sites and cities.

As part of the programme, you will be invited to take an in-depth look at various aspects of interdisciplinary art ‘from the inside’, including, touring studios of working artists, hearing presentations from academic staff in Art, Philosophy, History and English, and seeing presentations and work-in-progress from both Masters level and PhD students.

You will also take part and experiment with various types of media, materials, styles and approaches, attend various seminars and lectures and explore the cultural landscape through on-site visits.


Itinerary, site visits and special events

Itinerary, site visits and special events

Each week you will take part in different lectures, cultural tours and have plenty of time in our studio spaces.

Design engagement workshops

Design engagement workshops

We're delighted to announce a new, optional module this year - our Design Engagement workshops will provide you with an opportunity to learn to develop and implement activity-based design engagement strategies.

Who should apply

This month-long programme is especially designed for:

  • High School seniors or those about to complete their final year;
  • Senior level undergraduates
  • People who have already completed an undergraduate degree and are contemplating possibly (re-)engaging in additional higher education.

Ideally, your background would be in liberal arts, fine art or design, English, film studies, philosophy, history, politics, gender studies, area studies, languages, religion or geography. The programme would also suit adults who have had intervening careers or alternative work/study trajectories. In truth, it would suit anyone who is interested in the nature of contemporary art practice, in aspects of the humanities, interdisciplinary study, and/or in Scotland’s rich culture and landscape. Liberal arts students, double honours, general humanities and art and/or photography; all of these background qualifications would work well.

No academic credit will be awarded for this experience, but home universities who send current students may wish to review completed work for the possibility of granting their own credit. Portfolios of work will evidence the combined nature of creative study and cultural exploration that are a feature of this programme.



Global Summer Experience 2020 dates to be confirmed


Programme fees are £2,800, and include 2 meals per day, accommodation in halls of residence, day coach trips, studio space, materials, pop-up exhibition & ceilidh. The fees do not include airfare, miscellaneous living expenses, personal expenses, museum entrance fees, other personal travel and passport or visa expenses.

For all enquiries, specific programme and application queries, email Jan Johnson.


What our students say

“I found out about the programme from a professor at my school who recommended it. We’ve visited a castle, galleries and lots more. I really like Dundee and Scotland; everything is beautiful around and the people are super nice as well.” Mydee Belle Paige Talon (above, centre).
"All of the expertise and equipment you have at Duncan of Jordanstone really is amazing. I really loved being in the studio. Printmaking is really big in the UK, so that’s what I focused on. We also had a chance to visit lots of different contemporary art spaces, and go to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands, and more. I really liked Dunnottar Castle – that was magnificent." Susan Isaacs, Professor of Art History at Towson University, Baltimore (above right).