study abroad: thailand

Study Abroad in Thailand during Winter Break 2021 

Art, Site, and Community with Heidi Ratanavanich and Kaitlin Pomerantz 

January 2 – 15, 2021 

This trip will focus on contemporary art, culture and practices, and we will visit temples, museums, markets, artists’ studios, cultural centers, and environmental wonders to learn about the traditions and aesthetics unique to Thai and Southeast Asian society. The course will think about the function of site to preserve, embody, create, or recreate memory. It will also investigate how art functions in institutions, as well as in the everyday.  

Through preliminary readings, discussions, site visits, home stays, and visits with artists and other cultural figures, students will gain a sense of Southeast Asian history, Thai culture, and historic and contemporary art. Students will be asked to document their experience through a variety of approaches and mediums, and this research will go towards individual final projects suited to each student’s academic focus. The group will work together to process the experience, unpacking questions and observations, and helping each other to gain a sense of understanding of this loaded 10-day journey. Upon return, students will be given an opportunity to tie together and present their findings as it relates to their individual academic concerns and practices.

History of International Study Program

Since 1899, Moore has expanded its students’ intercultural knowledge through travel and study opportunities to global destinations. These annual journeys will take you and your peers out into the world, providing new context for what you'll learn in the classroom. While immersing yourself in a different culture, you'll earn three-course credits and make a lifetime of memories.


Moore offers four competitive summer fellowships for juniors designed to expand students’ artistic horizons outside of the classroom. Three of them are designated for international travel—the Sis Grenald International Travel Fellowship and the Frieda Fehrenbacher International Travel Fellowship for $2,000, $2,500 and $2,500 respectively. For the other two—the Sarah Peter and the Harriet Sartain fellowships for $1,750 and $1,250 respectively, travel is encouraged, but not required.

Students compete for these fellowships in the spring of each academic year by writing a proposal outlining how the fellowship will support the development of their work and by installing a selection of their work in the Goldie Paley Gallery.


Moore students can access additional opportunities for international study through mobility programs that are offered. Moore College of Art & Design participates in the mobility program of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). This is an informal relationship through which undergraduate students from Moore may spend one semester at a member institution. The Mobility program is open to students in their junior year. The student pays tuition to Moore, not the host institution, and must finance her own room and board. While there are a number of member institutions in the United States, the Canadian affiliates are as follows:

Canadian Affiliates

Alberta College of Art & Design – Calgary
Emily Carr University of Art & Design – Vancouver
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design – Halifax
Ontario College of Art & Design – Toronto

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