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South Korea: A Cultural Adventure in the Soul of Korea

June 27 - July 23, 2016

(Priority Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2015 / Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016)

Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than 2,000 years. Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rapidly rising global city, resulting from an economic boom and growth known as the "Miracle on the Han River," which transformed it in the wake of the Korean War to the world's fourth largest metropolitan economy (home to such world-wide brands as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai-Kia). Only a generation away from its traditional Confucian and Buddhist roots, Seoul has become one of the world's most innovative cities for technology, design, architecture and the visual and performing arts. Korean popular culture and its culinary arts are now recognized around the world.

This program challenges students to create work in a shared experience of place and culture. MICA's partner for the program is the progressive and multi-disciplinary Korean National University of Arts, also known as K'Arts, which provides accommodations, studio space, and special events. K'Arts students join our group as participants and along with the program's faculty work collectively and collaboratively in designing creative works in any media that can expand their practice through social engagement and cross-cultural learning in a global context. Selected field trips are included to further enhance learning the inseparable natural and cultural topography of Korea. This total experience affords a unique insight into Korean culture and the vibrant city of Seoul. The program culminates in a group exhibition at K'Arts' 175 Gallery located within the famous Samcheong-dong and Insadong area of the city.

Fees include all accommodations and some group meals.


Charlie Hahn is a media artist whose primary mediums are photography and time-based media. He received both a BFA in photography and an MA in digital arts from MICA, and an MFA from Towson University. Hahn is a Korean-born American artist dealing with issues about identity and culture in terms of opposition, agreement, synthesis, paradox, and transformation. His works have been exhibited across the country and around the world.

Fletcher Mackey teaches in the Foundation, Painting, and MA/MFA in Community Arts programs at MICA. Since receiving an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he has worked with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to creativity concentrating in civic, public, and site-specific art installations. Several permanent outdoor installations of his work can be seen throughout Houston. Most recently he has worked as a participating artist and advisor for the Black Male Identity project in Baltimore City. In 2009, He was a visiting lecturer at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea.

Program Fees

  • $5,900-6,200 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Interdisciplinary Sculpture or General Fine Arts.
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the base fee (contact program coordinator below).


Contact program faculty Fletcher Mackey at

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.