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2017 Spring, Japan


2016 Spring Break, Japan students

Topics: Games and Arts in Japan

Professor: Jonathan Amakawa

(GAME 2001, 3 cr., GDAN *no prerequisites*)

Just as Fine Arts students have traditionally studied abroad in Italy or France in order to gain insight into the foundations of Western Art, a strong argument can be made that Game Design majors should similarly study abroad in Japan, a key contributor to the development of the modern Video Game Industry. This course explores contemporary arts and culture in Japan with an emphasis on the three pillars of Japan’s modern culture--video games, Anime and Manga. These contemporary art forms will be examined in the context of the country’s tradition of design, visual arts and culture in order to gain a better understanding of Japanese Game Art Aesthetics. The course will culminate in a study abroad trip to Japan at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. This trip has been extended to three weeks this year.

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Sample of the cultural activities and excursions in this program include:

Program Dates (dates are approximate until tickets are purchased) Thursday, May 25th, 2017 to Monday, June 12th, 2017
Program Fees Approximately $4500, this is an estimated budget!
Program fee includes... Roundtrip airfare, housing, in-country transportation, medical insurance, breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners.
but does not include... Meals, spending money
Payment Schedule:
All payments are made at Student Accounts

Deposit: $250 due by December 2nd, 2016

Payment #1:December 9, 2016: $2000

Final Payment: January 13, 2017: $2250

Refund Policy After January 13, 2017 all money paid is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitchburg State University.