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London: Illustration Past and Present

June 28-July 19, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 23, 2015)

London has been a city for two millennia. From the Middle Ages to Shakespeare to punk rock and beyond, this diverse metropolis is abundant in architecture, parks and gardens, arts and entertainment, and more. It is the perfect setting to explore the past, present, and future of illustration.

Students will capture their experiences by journaling and drawing in a sketchbook that will be the springboard for illustration assignments. Inspiration will come from visits to a number of attractions. To kick off the program, students will take an open bus tour of London, which will be followed up by visits to the British Museum, the Royal Academy, the Tate Modern, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Students will also visit illustration galleries and have studio visits with contemporary illustrators and artists working in London. Students will also discover the unique neighborhoods of London.

Accommodations are in the centrally located cultural district of Bloomsbury, which was once home to writers such as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Students will also see the evolving East End area, once gritty and poor, but now a vibrant area with galleries and the Brick Lane market that features emerging designers. Side trips to Hever Castle and to Brighton are also planned, and fans of the Harry Potter series will be thrilled with the tour of the Warner Brothers studio in London.

Fees include all accommodations, all ground transportation for class trips, and some meals (breakfast and evening meal).


Rebecca Bradley was born and raised in South East England. She attended Maidstone College of Art and Chelsea College of Art. She came to the United States in 1999 to study for an MFA in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design. Rebecca taught at the Art Institute of Boston for five years before coming to MICA in 2005.

Sam Lacombe studied painting with David Aronson and Robert D'Arista at Boston University, where he received a BFA degree in painting in 1988 and an MFA in painting in 1990. He is a painter involved in the issues of form, light, space, design, and process, and for the past ten years his paintings have centered on urban Americana, particularly mid- to late-twentieth century signage. He began teaching in 1994 at Boston University and the Art Institute of Boston.

Program Fees

  • $5,850 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in Illustration. Credits may apply as Studio Elective.
  • $7,440 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in Illustration (Credits may apply as Studio Elective) + 3 undergraduate credits in Art History (with approval from the dept.)
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the $5,850 base fee (contact program coordinator below).


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Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. For all programs, credits can be applied to Studio Elective. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at or 410-225-2219.