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South Korea: A Cultural Adventure in the Soul of Korea

June 22 - July 17, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 23, 2015)

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 undergone the transformation of an industrial revolution and is now in an exciting period of cultural ascendancy producing exemplary works in the fields of fine arts, architecture, design, and technology.

This program challenges students to create work in a shared experience of place and culture. Program faculty help the student-artists further expand their practice through social engagement in a global context. Students, faculty, and community leaders work collectively with citizens in designing creative works that lead to and or enrich actual actions that benefit the communities. This shared experience affords a unique insight into Korean culture and the vibrant city of Seoul. 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. In addition, K'Arts students join our group as participants. This cultural exchange culminates in a group exhibition in 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, program coordinator, is a media artist whose primary mediums are photography and time-based media. He received both BFA in photography and MA in digital arts from MICA, and 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. As a research artist in the Institute of Media Art at Yonsei University, he has performed many South Korean governmental projects granted from Ministry of Family & Gender Equality, Ministry of Culture, Korea Foundation, and the presidential project, "Hub City of Asian Culture, Gwangju." Since 2008, he has taught and directed the MICA South Korea Summer Travel Intensive Program.

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 (does not include international airfare)
    Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Studio Elective
  • $7,490 (does not include international airfare)
    Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in 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 $5,900 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.