Summer 2013: Hungary & Czech Republic

Dreaming in Magyar: Hungary and the Czech Republic


This faculty led travel program offers students the chance to experience living and working in Central Europe. Our home base for the program is the International Ceramics Studio, a center that features comfortable lodgings and excellent studios - ample work spaces, numerous kilns and a mold making facility. A special translucent porcelain clay (Herend) is available for students' use. The studio museum houses an extensive international collection of contemporary works in clay, providing an excellent on-site study resource. Hungary has a long tradition of ceramics from folk art wares to the exquisite Art Nouveau luxury wares of Zsolnay and the fine porcelains of Herend.

Extraordinary architectural ceramics are to be found on Hungarian buildings. Students will see many fine examples of historic and architectural ceramics in Kecskemet, Budapest, Pecs and an extended visit to the Herend Porcelain Factory. A four day adventure to Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO destination in the Czech Republic, includes tremendous art, architecture, live theatre, and a white-water rafting excursion through the Central European countryside.

An amazing month-long adventure! Join us!


May 20 through June 23, 2013

Academic credit:

Participants will earn six credit hours from the following courses:

  • Open Studio elective: Ceramic Open Elective, CERME 357-01, 3 credit hours – This 3 credit ceramic open studio elective is a self-directed offering taught by George Timock and assisted by visiting and resident artists at the International Ceramic Studio (I.C.S.).  Students are encouraged to identify areas of visual interest and create works with the translucent porcelain clay used exclusively at the Herend Porcelain Factory in Hungary. The I.C.S. is the only venue outside the Herend Factory that is authorized to use this extremely high temperature, glass-like porcelain material - Herend Porcelain, an envious material to create with! Students will have the opportunity of working with this Herend porcelain clay to form with the potter's wheel, hand-building construction, and the specialty of Easter Europe - plaster mold design and porcelain slip casting. Hands-on demonstrations are an integral part of the studio experience. The KCAI faculty and I.C.S. resident master artist assist students with both technical and aesthetic concerns.  The introduction of glazing the porcelain ware, loading and firing the two large high fire kilns (1380 degrees Celsius) with both wood and natural gas give the students a knowledge base and understanding of this final process. Developing and demonstrating critical thinking skills for examining and discussing their creative work and that of their peers during this month-long adventure in Central Europe is a very important expected learning outcome for the ceramic studio elective course. A final presentation and critical evaluation with faculty is required.

  • Liberal Arts elective: Dreaming in Magyar: Hungarian Art & Architecture, LAEL 3823-01, 3 credit hours – This 3 credit liberal arts elective is a cross-sectional capsule of architectural education with an emphasis on historical Hungarian building traditions, forms, and vocabulary. Through the basic study of architectural vocabulary, students will be able to dissect the constructed forms they will be observing and understand the origin of historical Hungarian buildings. Within contemporary contexts, students will be able to trace architectural styles in reverse. In contrast to beginning with the meaning of architecture and its formal origins, with which the students may not have any primary experience, this process affords them a connection to what they observe directly. Students will continuously be employing creative acts that will enrich and inform their personal work. To compliment their tactile work with materials in the studio, students will be required to maintain a visual notebook. A final paper which will fuse the technical knowledge learned in lectures and readings with the site visits of Hungarian art and architecture is also required. The pre-program readings in Accessible Architectural Theory are intended to give the student a basic lifetime understanding of the meaning of architecture and its importance to our improved sense of existence.


George Timock, professor of ceramics

Aaron Blumenhein, contracted instructor in architecture

Program Cost:

  • 6 credit hours*:  $4,615

Cost includes tuition, single room lodging, studio and materials fees, visiting artists' demo fees, museum fees, day trips to Budapest, Herend, Pecs and Tihany, a four day trip to Cesky Krumlov, live outdoor theatre and transportation to and from the Budapest airport. Please note that this price does not include airfare or meals. Students will purchase airline tickets to Budapest where they will meet the entire group and take a bus to Kecskemet.

*Due to the nature of this program, all participants are required to register for 6 credit hours.


Feb. 8: Completed applications, including all required accompanying documentation and a $250 non-refundable program deposit are due. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. to the international studies coordinator in the Academic Resource Center on the second floor of Jannes Library, and the program deposit must be paid in the business office on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall. Applicants will be contacted by the international studies coordinator via email the following week regarding acceptance into the program.

Feb. 27: The first half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

March 8: Payment for the final half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

The application:

Download the information packet.

Download the application.

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