The advertising and design industry is changing very rapidly. Web-based graphic design is one of the fastest-growing areas in the field of visual communication. Today’s advertising and design studios rely heavily on computers for tasks that 10-15 years ago were done by hand (or, in the case of web design, not at all).
This program takes full advantage of specific locations within London and Scotland to provide a comparative experience for those interested in a career in advertising and design. We will visit many historic sites that will be investigated on the site and location user experience.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
Throughout the program, the group will primarily be housed in hostels.
In London, participants will share 6-to-8 bed dorm style rooms with bunk beds. Rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom. For every bed there is a locker available in the room. Sheets are provided, but individuals must provide own towels. Self-serving washing machines and dryers are available on-site. Breakfast is provided daily along with access to shared kitchen facilities. Free Wi-fi in the entire building.
In Edinburgh, the lodging includes a shared kitchen facility. Participants will tentatively stay in a Victorian townhouse, a 3-minute walk from Stirling train station and a 15-minute walk from Stirling Castle. Includes free Wi-Fi and linens. Bathrooms are shared and participants provide their own towels. Complimentary amenities consist of regular walking tours, and tea and coffee provided in a communal kitchen. There's also a vibrant common room, and a computer for guest use. Breakfast is available for a surcharge.
Unless otherwise noted, participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner each day and receive meal money over the course of the program.
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
Jerry is the Executive Director for CCSA.
Group or Individual Travel Allowed
Option One - Group Travel
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
Option Two - Individual Travel
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).
$150 Early Application Fee Deadline February 04, 2022 (Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount) (App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Advertising & Promotion / Art & Design / Marketing / Film & Media Studies
Exploring British Culture to Create Multimedia Tourism Campaigns
Course Description: With demand for digital products steadily increasing, so has the demand for skilled designers who understand how to create high-quality interactive products. With the goal of creating a portfolio-ready tourism campaign, students will explore such iconic and culturally significant London locations as Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tower of London, as well as Scotland’s Edinburgh and Stirling Castles. Students will take notes about their experience and shoot photos to use in developing their tourism campaign, while the class will provide them with an intensive introduction to visual principles and design elements that go into creating effective interactive products.
Art & Design / Communication / Film & Media Studies / Computer Science
Creating Interactive Design for Tourism in the UK
Course Description: This class offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the stimulation of study abroad as a source for creative projects designed around the theme of tourism in the UK. While visiting sites of English historical and cultural interest in London and similar sites in Scotland, students will acquire images and do research to provide the basis for some kind of interactive prototype or possibly a finished and functioning product. Depending on their expertise, and with guidance from the faculty member, students may choose to build a website, a mobile app, or a functioning application for a phone or tablet.
Course Description: This course investigates historic poster and type trends that originated in England and Scotland while also highlighting contemporary design trends. Students will learn about the U.S. based poster initiative “Type Hike” and will compare and contrast poster design while looking at the posters and advertisements that are stapled and placed all over Britain. Visits to museums and design studios in London and Edinburgh will provide historic and contemporary perspectives. Incorporating design research, methodologies and their own personal approach, students will develop a poster series which will be curated into an online blog site that reflects the research and creativity of the entire class.
Prerequisite: All students should have a basic knowledge of typography and the Adobe Creative Suite. Students can be approved by permission of instructor; students seeking approval should be prepared to show visual examples of base knowledge in typography and basic skills in the Adobe Creative Suite.