University of Sunderland Summer Program

Art School


This course is taught by practising artists and curators who will support you through a period of student-led research and production in a range of Fine Arts practice including painting, sculpture, print, time-based, performative and print-based outcomes. Through your research you will focus on a theme to create and produce your work. Working under supervision and in small groups, you will begin by originating and preparing sketches and exercises before developing these into work for display. You will also be encouraged to develop transferable skills, such as communication, working with others, self-reflection and problem solving in relation to your work, which you can build on and use in your future career. In the final week you will work on completing your project and exhibition and engage in the production of a limited-edition publication based on your exciting period of research and production. The assessment is in the form of a short viva supported by your work in a public exhibition, a portfolio of preparatory work and an artist/designer's statement.

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP Direct Summer for all ISEP member students    


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 15 University of Sunderland credits (3-4 US credits, ultimately determined by the home institution).


Students must have completed at least one year of university-level study in any discipline.


I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.


early July - late July 2015


early May 2015




Students are accommodated in single rooms within an on-campus residence hall. They will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with fellow students. Heating, electricity, bedding, and WiFi Internet access are all included. Meals are not included, but the fully equipped kitchens are available for students to use.



You will receive an orientation session to introduce you to the University and the City. This includes campus and City tours and an introduction to all of the services available at the University, helping you make the most of your stay.

Social Events

Included in the programme:
• a welcome meal so you can get to know your tutors and fellow students
• day trips to places such as York, Alnwick, Edinburgh and Durham
• evening activities such as a trip to the cinema, theatre or ten-pin bowling
• a farewell meal before saying goodbye to Sunderland and your new friends


Field trips are integrated as part of the programme curriculum and they are designed to provide you with ideas for your practical project. As part of your programme you will visit: Alnwick Castle, which dates from the 11th Century and also features as Hogwarts in Harry Potter; Beamish, a living museum. There may be other trips organised as part of the individual programmes, such as visits to art galleries or television studios.


The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching and research. The university has recently been named "The Best New University in England" for the quality, quantity, and range of its research. It has also been voted one of the top five campuses in the United Kingdom.


Sunderland is located in the Northeast of England, an area renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful countryside. The region is home to numerous abbeys, castles, stately homes, and a postcard perfect coastline. With a rich and fascinating heritage, Sunderland has a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore. Sunderland is the location of Washington Old Hall, which is the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Sunderland is also known as the "City by the Sea" with a compact city centre offering great shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

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