Summer Travel Intensive Program to South Korea was cancelled on February 14, 2020


Travel Dates: Program Cancelled on February 14, 2020 

Program Overview

Transformed in the wake of the Korean War by a rapid economic growth known as the "Miracle on the Han River", Seoul is considered a rising global city and the world's fourth-largest metropolitan economy. It 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 explores 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 has been a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) since the fall of 2005. He currently teaches in the undergraduate First Year Experience Program, Fine Arts, Painting Department and maintains a teaching role in Graduate Studies in the Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts. In the fall of 2009, Fletcher was a visiting studio professor for a semester at the Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS) in Seoul, Korea. He continues to make multiple trips to South Korea engaging in cross-cultural and intercultural learning of that country’s history and culture. In the Fall of 2018, he was the MICA professor for the Student Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

Program Fees

$6,600 estimated(does not include international airfare). Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in General Fine Arts. 3 additional credits are available for  $1,700 in Art History with the approval of the instructors and department chair. 


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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 MICA Open Studies at or 410-225-2219.