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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

New York City

Semester: Fall
Offered: Every other academic year, odd years
Estimated Dates: Early September to mid-December
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Fine Arts Emphasis
Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended.
Housing: Student Apartments
Fall 2019
Program Leader:
Jess Perlitz
Assistant Professor of Art, Studio Head of Sculpture, 503-768-7286

Program Design

This program is designed by the Art and Theater Departments for students with a demonstrated interest and background in art and theater, whether they are majors in these departments or not.  The program focuses on contemporary theater and art being created in New York City and the surrounding area. During the semester, students take three content courses and complete an internship component. Each student finds and arranges their internship prior to arriving in NYC with the help of the Program Leader and the Center for Career and Community Engagement. Credit may be arranged in departments other than art and theater. Applicants for the program should be prepared to utilize what they have learned in their area of study to benefit their internship organization. Likewise, students should use the knowledge and experience they have gained from their internship positions to enhance the remainder of their studies at Lewis & Clark. The ideal applicant to this program would be either a sophomore or a junior (at the time of application) who has taken coursework in the fields of theater or art.

Theater, Art, and Architecture in NYC: The three content courses that students take during the semester focus on theater, art, and architecture in the city. Coursework will be supplemented with visits to the theater, museums, galleries, auction houses, and various parts of the city. On average, students will attend theater once weekly. The group will meet with artists, curators, critics, publishers, actors, playwrights, and other important figures involved in the visual arts scene of New York. These activities make up a significant part of the cultural experience of spending a semester living in NYC.

About the Program Leader: Jess Perlitz is an artist whose work explores participation, communication and performance. She uses object-making to think about the various ways we communicate and translate ownership of space and place. She is particularly interested in various histories of art-making dedicated to political and social use-value that bring to light ideologies, and utopian impulses, such as Constructivism and Productivism, and the more recent turn in art towards the social. Perlitz’s work takes a variety of forms ranging from sculpture, community-based projects, performances, and drawings. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, Canadian Sculpture Centre Artcast Award, and Franconia Open Studio Fellowship. Her projects have appeared in playgrounds, fields, galleries and museums, including Socrates Sculpture Park, Cue Art Foundation, Cambridge Galleries and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (ICA).


Requirements Fulfilled: ART 309 fulfills the 4-credit Creative Arts general education requirement. Participation on the New York City program does not fulfill the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement.

Credits: 16 credits (4 courses)


Art 309: Art of New York (4 credits)

This course explores art and art history through the resources and opportunities in New York City. Exploration of how art is made, how it reaches the public, and the process of its interpretation and display. The group will visit major museums, galleries, and auction houses to see various exhibitions.              

Theater 250: Theater of New York (4 credits)

This course examines contemporary theater in New York including traditional and experimental work, American plays, and plays from the international repertoire. The group will attend weekly theater performances, and a group discussion will take place after each performance. Students will also meet with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production and criticism.

HIST 233: History of New York (4 credits)

This course gives an overview of the architectural history and urban structure of New York. Particular emphasis is given to examining the process of continuity and change in New York architecture from the colonial period to the twentieth century. While there will be some lectures and in-class discussions, most of the course will be conducted in the field, visiting various parts of the city which best exemplify the various types of architecture to be found in New York.

Dept. 244 or 444: Practicum (4 credits)  

Internship relating to student area of academic interest. Students can arrange internships with organizations in a variety of fields. Examples of past internships include apprenticing for a painter, working for a theater company, or interning for business or civic organizations in New York. Students typically spend three days a week at their internship sites.

Student Life

Housing: The group is housed in student apartments through Educational Housing Services (EHS). Students stay in double rooms with a private bathroom. The apartments are fully furnished. Amenities in the apartment include: wifi and cable TV, access to a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, and 24-hour security & surveillance. Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals, but the Overseas Office will give them a stipend to cover the cost of their food. Students can use the communal kitchen to prepare their meals, or they can eat at the many restaurants, cafes, delicatessens, and hot dog stands that the city has to offer.


Fee Breakdown:

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047*

*Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, field trips and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, supplemental travel insurance, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to LGA or JFK): $500 - $1,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*Students are required to have comprehensive health insurance during their participation in an off-campus program. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in off-campus programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & off-campus programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: Applications are due one year before the start of the program. The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in New York City by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the LaGuardia or JFK airport, where they take a taxi to their housing.

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