Study Abroad

Spend the summer photographing the ruins of Ancient Greece, experience autumn in Florence, Italy, where you’ll discover artistic wonders around every corner, or shape your technique with a Ceramics trip to China. NHIA’s study abroad program is designed to expand your artistic horizons, exposing you to new skills and techniques while immersing you in a vibrant culture.


NHIA students wishing to spend a semester studying abroad will now be able to attend the Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy starting in the fall of 2016. What’s more, they can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to study in Italy for a semester at no additional tuition and with no changes to their existing financial aid or scholarships. They pay only for the additional cost of international travel, room, food, visa and miscellaneous program costs. For more information about this, please contact our Registrar or visit SACI.


Photographing the Landscape, Architecture and People of Athens, Greece
May 21 - June 19, 2019
Led by Gary Samson, Professor Emeritus, Photography, NHIA

Open to participants 18 and older, no prior photographic experience required. 20 participants max.

Since 2011, Gary Samson has been sharing his passion for exploring world culture by taking students from a variety of artistic backgrounds and disciplines, from ceramics and fine arts to fashion and graphic design, to Greece for a month-long summer study abroad program.

This year’s trip will explore the rich culture of Greece through the creation of a body of photographic work that includes portraits, architecture, and landscape images. Using your camera, you will learn how to use both available and artificial light to create compelling photographs that examine the rich heritage and artistic significance of this world class city. You will review classic examples of 19th and 20th century portrait and landscape photography, and develop your skills and photographic technique in the use of your digital camera and lens selection based on the subject and lighting conditions at hand.
Weekly field trips and critiques will help guide you through the technical and aesthetic decisions you have to make to create a cohesive body of work. Your finished portfolio will include a self-designed book of your photographs and a daily journal documenting your work and personal experiences.

Past locations we’ve visited have included the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, the Temple of Zeus, Byzantine churches, Delphi, Sparta, Sounio, the Ottoman Empire Islamic Museum, and the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Hydra, and Santorini. On this year’s trip, we will have the opportunity to explore the iconic island of Chios, on a six-day outing.
Students form strong and lasting bonds with their peers during the trip. A robust continental breakfast at the hotel gets us started in the morning, and most weekdays are filled with an afternoon art history lecture by a Hellenic American University art history faculty member, a photography lesson, or exploration of the streets of Athens and its ancient temples. Each day’s activities conclude with a discussion over a relaxed family style dinner at the Hellenic American University Cafe. Usually we are on our own for most meals when we travel beyond Athens. In past years, students have had the opportunity to work on a potter’s wheel in Crete, design a dress for a Greek model, and develop film in the darkrooms of the Leica Academy Athens.
Photography is a discipline that has the ability to influence all artistic areas of study. The way a photographer sees the world, interprets it and captures it with such immediacy creates an experience that no matter what their area of study, a student finds extremely fulfilling and beneficial in their own artistic practice.

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