UCSC Global Seminars are an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn between 5 and 10 quarter units; therefore, students should expect rigorous academic coursework that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option.

Students on UCSC Global Seminars earn regular UC Santa Cruz course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Santa Cruz students can use UCSC Global Seminar courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.


Tradition and Innovation: Relief Printmaking in Korea  (6 units)

Students will study many aspects of both traditional and contemporary Relief (woodblock) printmaking. Students will learn about materials, tools, techniques, and some history as well as current trends in the field. 

Today’s landscape in the discipline of printmaking/print media, both in its message and its production, has rapidly changed from its roots in practical communication through traditional fine arts-based processes to current newer technology and theoretical debates. These new forms are shifting within global cultures at a rapid pace. Korea has its own unique, rich history and traditions that pave the way toward new technological developments while continuing to embrace and reinforce traditional artisan values and methodologies. 

This class will explore the history of printing technology developed in Korea from the seventh through the fourteenth century A.D., and ranging from the world’s oldest printed text, The Great Dharani Sutra, to the latest cutting-edge technology, including laser cutting.  

Classes will include field trips to museums and galleries, traditional Korean paper (Hanji) workshops and interactions with local visiting artists, master printmakers, papermakers and traditional artisans. Through various class activities, excursions,  and cultural visits students will be exposed to diverse and multi-regional art practices that will broaden their perspectives and increase their understanding not only in the field of print media but in the larger contemporary visual culture. This program will help stimulate and inspire art major students to prepare their artistic careers and advance their possibilities for study opportunities internationally.

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