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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

SFDN206 Boston to Beijing: China Through the Five Senses 3cr.


This course’s intention is to immerse students in the vibrancy and history of China through the
immediacy of the five senses. The daily exposure to the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of
contemporary and historic Chinese culture, arts and architecture will broaden students’
understanding of this amazing country, while enhancing their own creative endeavors. The
primary focus is the examination of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, within
the context of China’s rapid rise on the world stage. During our travels we will visit Buddhist
Temples, the splendors of Imperial Courts and the lush gardens of the aristocrats. Some of the
sites include The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, Ming Gardens, and The Great Wall of
China.

Our sojourn through China will find us trekking through numerous cities such as Beijing and
Shanghai, in addition to many other historically and culturally prominent locations. Each of these
areas is steeped in history, and their spiritual and artistic lives exemplify these regional and
external influences. Many of these sites date back to the Song Dynasty, and are of great
significance to Chinese culture as sources of inspiration for artists and scholars of all
backgrounds. Beyond enriching students’ cultural experience, this introduction into China’s
incredible art, artifacts and architecture, will enhance students’ understanding of the broader
contemporary world.[Fomerly titled Travel Course to China]

TRAVEL COURSE
Cultutally Diverse Content
Fall Only