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South Korea: A Cultural Adventure in the Soul of Korea

June 25 - July 20, 2018

Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: December 1, 2017

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2018

Situated on the Han River, South Korea's capital city Seoul, has a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years. Transformed in the wake of the Korean War by a rapid economic growth known as the "Miracle on the Han River", it is considered a rising global city and the world's fourth largest metropolitan economy. Seoul is the home to such worldwide brands as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai-Kia. Only a generation away from its traditional Confucian and Buddhist roots, it has become one of the world's most innovative cities in technology, architecture, design, 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 selected group meals.


Charlie Hahn is a media artist whose primary mediums are photography and time-based media. His work exlores identity issues in terms of hybridity, ambivalence, and mimicry. He has exhibited many solo exhibitions and screenings across the country and around the world. Since 2007, he is running MICA Korea(STI) Program as a director. Hahn received both BFA and MA from MICA, and MFA from Towson University. He is invited by Keimyung University as a professor in Artech College since 2015.

Fletcher Mackey is Chair of MICA's First Year Experience and teaches in the MFA in Community Arts program. 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. For the fall semester in 2009, he was a visiting lecturer at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea.

Program Fees

  • $6,300 (does not include international airfare). Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in General Fine Arts or 3 undergraduate credits in Art History. 6 credits are available for both GFA and AH with approval of the instructors. 


Contact program faculty Fletcher Mackey at fmackey@mica.edu.

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 MICA Open Studies at openstudies@mica.edu or 410-225-2219.

This page was last updated on 10/12/2017.