Location(s): Seoul, Korea

Date: Arrival Date:  July 25, 2022 End Date: August 20, 2022

Program Overview

This program is based at Kookmin University in Seoul for the majority of the program. Students will learn a wide range of traditional and contemporary, woodblock (relief) printmaking processes that cover techniques, application of tools, materials, issues, and concepts. Students will also learn a condensed history of the development of woodblock printmaking. The excursions that are built into this program include cultural visits to the UNESCO world heritage sites in Cheongju, Jeonju, Haeinsa, and Gyeongju. 

Classes will help stimulate and inspire art major students to prepare for their artistic careers and expand their possibilities for study opportunities internationally. Classes will include field trips to local museums and galleries, hands-on workshops, and interactions with local visiting artists, master printmakers, and other Korean students. 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.

Language of Instruction: English

Course(s): ART 161C Tradition and Innovation: Relief Printmaking in Korea (6 units)

Max Enrollment: 18

Faculty Leader: Jimin Lee, Professor of Art, Chair Art Department and Bridget Henry, Staff Research Associate 

Contact: globallearning@ucsc.edu 

Program Highlights

  • Visit Jiki, the worlds oldest scroll book printed with movable metal type in the Cheongju Early Printing museum
  • See Korea’s first museum specializing in paper with an extensive collection of artifacts and documenting the history of Hanji
  • Explore the Haeinsa Temple which houses 81,258 wooden printing blocks and the largest and oldest storage facilities for wood blocks in the world since 1398. 
  • Hike up Mount Tohamsan to the Seokguram Grotto and view the Silla-era Buddhist shrine and its unique artwork
  • Visit the Bulguk Temple and view the Great Dharani Sutra which is considered to be the oldest printed text in the world, made sometime between 684 and 704 AD
  • Be based at Kookmin University and have access to the studio spaces and print facilities
  • Learn and build up a portfolio using the relief printmaking process
  • Design, participate and publicize a group exhibition at the Kookmin University Gallery
  • Field trips to selected world-class museums and galleries in Seoul
  • First-hand experience of globally recognized Korean cultural and artistic achievements 

How to Apply

  1. Review the below eligibility criteria, prerequisites and specific requirements for this program
  2. Apply in the Global Learning Portal

All applications will be processed first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited capacity. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • Be at least 18 years old by the time of departure
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing by the time of departure (45 units completed at time of depart.)

Prerequisites and Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • Students must be an art major or minor to participate in this program
  • Students must submit 10 images in PDF form of their artwork within the application
  • Any one of these following courses 20C, 20F, 20G, 160B, 161B, 162A, 162B, 163A, 163B, 165, or 168; and any two non-print media lower-division studio courses (Art 15-20 or CMPM 25).