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  • Locations: Los Angeles, CA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: University of Georgia Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Experiential
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Franklin, Lamar Dodd School of Art Academic Area: Art, Art History
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Work Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Bungalow, Shared Apartment
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.

LA Art Maymester Field Study Program

The Los Angeles Maymester program is an intensive educational experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to live and study in Los Angeles for three weeks during the month of May. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the Los Angeles Maymester program uses the city as its classroom, and significant class time is devoted to visiting its world-class museums and galleries. In addition, students benefit from more intimate experiences, visiting artists in their studios, receiving tours from gallery directors and gallery owners, and meeting curators, writers and a variety of art world professionals.  Students will leave with an understanding of the history of art in Los Angeles and a better understanding of possibilities for careers in the arts. 


Program Location

Los Angeles, CA.

Program Director and Course Leaders

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Tif Sigfrids

Co-Director, Arts Career and Entrepreneurship Space (ACES)
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Main Art Building | Room C301L
See Faculty Profile

Academic Program

All students enroll in the three-credit course ARTS 4100/6100.

Student will spend 3 intensive days in a central classroom discussing readings that provide a theoretical and historical context   for the work viewed at museums and galleries. Guest lecturers will present at each of these meetings.  Students will leave the   semester with an understanding of the professional practices and careers in contemporary art. Classes meet all over the city with   a centralized classroom. Course materials are on eLC, so student must have a laptop or tablet to complete assignments and   readings. We encourage you to sty for a Summer internship in Los Angeles.


Housing and Meals

Group housing will be provided in a shared house.  Welcome and Farewell meals will also be provided to the group.  All other daily meals will be students’ responsibility. 

Program Itinerary

The anticipated length of the program, 3 weeks, will afford students the necessary amount of time to visit the abundance of art related opportunities the sprawling city has to offer. Equal amount of time will be given to visiting artists studios, visiting galleries, and visiting non-profit institutions which will range in scale. 


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Program Reviews:
Alexandra Rose Sausa, Maymester 2019 Participant
Looking back on my Maymester, I could not have asked for a more engaging, in-depth exploration of the LA art world. An average class day might consist of studio visits with contemporary painters, sculptors, and print makers and a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of Hauser and Wirth, one of the most lucrative galleries in LA. On another day you might wander through Picasso paintings in the LACMA and then meet with an art critic from the LA Times. Not only does this class explore a multitude of careers and spaces in the art world, but it is truly the best way to learn about contemporary art, in LA and on a global scale. Art is meant to be seen and experienced, and what better way to experience art than in person? If you want to learn about contemporary art, how the art world works, and potential careers in the arts, this is the class for you.

Maymester 2019 Participant
We saw top galleries, artists and writers -- we were provided access to the reality of artistic production as grounded in the cultural landscape and historical trajectory of LA.

This program is currently not accepting applications.