Intensive Art Travel Programs
Montserrat College of Art offers students and art enthusiasts a range of exciting and engaging immersive programs.

During winter break or over the summer months, our programs take you off the beaten path to unique and culturally rich locations that provide experiences far beyond standard fare. Our classes are small by design, ensuring participants an intimate and engaging travel/study experience.

Learn calligraphy and a bit about Japanese culture while taking a bookmaking class in Niigata prefect. Or explore the intersection of African, Arab and European influences that lead to the modern day culture of Marrakech, Morocco in North Africa.

Montserrat is a nationally and regionally accredited institution of higher education. Check with your home institution’s registrar to see if these programs qualify for transfer credits. All courses are taught in English. Explore all of our intensive art travel programs by using the tabs at left.

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Semester Mobility Program — US & Canada
Montserrat participates in the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) Mobility Program. This affords full-time students the opportunity to study at over 30 partnering art schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is a terrific option for students seeking a semester-long study experience. We also welcome visiting mobility students to Montserrat.

Viterbo, Italy – Summer 2016
Dates: July 1 – July 31
Tuition: $5,800
Credits: 6

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
Italy Application PDF

Viterbo Intensive Program
Montserrat’s four-week study art abroad in Italy residential program affords art students and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. Classes are held in the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) in Viterbo, about 90 minutes north of Rome. As an integrated arts program, we offer courses in painting, drawing, photography, art history and writing. Students may elect two courses, to earn a maximum of 6 credits. All courses are taught in English by college and university faculty trained in the United States.

The medieval city streets of Viterbo still resonate with the sounds and rhythms of their ancient inhabitants. Once a major Etruscan site, the area was later inhabited by the Romans whose amphitheaters and baths remain well preserved. The 13th century papal palace in the center of the San Pelligrino section of the city is evidence of Viterbo’s significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeferelli’s Romeo and Juliet. Today Viterbo is a bustling modern town with a lively university community and active art scene.

Located in the heart of San Pelligrino, Viterbo’s medieval quarter, the Associazione of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) was founded in 2013 to educate and support cultural and scholarly activities across disciplines. ACRV is partnered with Montserrat and houses the summer study program and artist residencies. Viterbo is located 76 kilometers north of Rome, and is easily accessible to Florence, Siena, Assisi, Orvieto and the waterside resorts of Tarquinia, Bolsena and Vico.

Study Art Abroad in Italy Course Offerings (select two):

  • Art and Architecture of the Etruscans (AH388)
  • Journalistic Drawing in Italy (IL329)
  • Landscape Photography in Italy (PH215)
  • Landscape Painting in Italy (PN240)
  • Journal-Based Travel Writing (HU303)

The “Drawing Viterbo” blog by Fred Lynch provides illustrative excerpts of the Journalistic Drawing course.

Tuition Includes:

  • two three-credit studio courses
  • round trip airfare, on-site group housing
  • two group meals per week
  • course related travel
  • spring preparation meetings

We stay at the beautiful Residence “Lorenzo da Viterbo” where accessibility meets comfort.

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Niigata, Japan – Summer 2016
Dates: May 16 – June 13
Tuition: $5,850
Credits: 6

Application Deadline: TBD
Japan Application Form

Niigata Intensive Program
Montserrat’s program in Niigata, Japan is a four-week intensive comprised of two studio courses, demonstrations and workshops in traditional Japanese art forms, and extensive travel to traditional and popular cultural sites. The program is based at Niigata College of Art & Design, on the northwest coast of Japan’s Niigata prefect. The trip includes visits to historically significant Japanese temples and gardens, as well as to museums dedicated to contemporary Japanese art, Manga, and Anime. Students enrolled in the program take two classes for a total of 6 studio credits. Classes meet Monday – Friday, with some weekend excursions to the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

Housing is provided nearby the College in traditional Japanese dwellings. These settings allow students to experience day to day life in the Japanese culture.

Tuition includes:

  • 6 college level credits
  • round trip airfare from Boston to Niigata
  • rail and bus travel
  • off-site group housing
  • food stipend
  • course supplies
  • Spring preparatory meetings (required)

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Mallorca, Spain – Winter 2015
Dates: December 27 – January 11
Tuition: $3,950
Credits: 3

Making Art on Location:
The Landscapes, Histories and Cultures of Mallorca

Do you like to make art on location, travel and explore new lands? This adventure gives the artist exciting opportunities to work on location and offers unique environments in which to photograph, draw, sketch, document, collage, video or journal in the rich multifaceted landscapes and geographies of Mallorca, Spain.

Students enjoy a full range of cultural activities, which includes field trips to historic landmarks, castles and palaces, archaeological sites and ruins, museums and galleries, markets and festivals. Daily excursions offer students a series of direct exchanges and encounters with the local people, places, and customs of Mallorca. Students work in cites, small towns and villages, along the shore, and in the countryside. Individual and personal interpretations, expressions and viewpoints will detail and map the unique experience of each artist.

Mallorca is a small island and can be easily traversed. It is a cartographer’s dream of rugged mountains and vertiginous cliffs, hidden coastal bays and inlets, vast fertile plains, dense forests, winding roads and narrow byways. The island offers a constellation of contrasts: epic vistas, serene white sand beaches, historical ramparts and ruins, hamlets of quiet charm and distinction.

The rural and urban topography of Mallorca is the vocabulary of evolution, of successive generations that have given shape and structure to the island. They are the historical sculptors, contemporary stewards and guardians of influence that continue to shape this culturally rich, diverse, kind and beautiful land.

Montserrat’s home base is the PDF Academia in Porreres, which is outfitted with 16 digital workstations, printers, a projector for critiques, interior and rooftop studios. The majority of the time spent on the island will be devoted to working on location. Each day students will have time and access to the school to back-up any electronic work, write, work, and reflect on the days events and experiences.

Students stay at the Santuari de Monti-Sion, a former 14th century monastery at the top of the Randa mountain in the municipality of Porreres, east of Palma.

Tuition Includes:

  • 3 College Level Credits
  • roundtrip airfare from Boston to Mallorca
  • all ground transportation
  • housing (double occupancy)
  • breakfast daily
  • four group dinners (2 per week)

Application Deadline: October 16
Please download the PDF application here.

Please send completed applications to [email protected].

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Montserrat also accepts checks made out to “Montserrat College of Art” and should be mailed to following address:

Megan O’Connell
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Check payments must be postmarked by the payment deadline.

Payment Deadlines

  • Payment 1 (deposit): $400 due Oct 15 with application
  • Payment 2: $1775 due Oct 30
  • Payment 3: $1775 due Nov 30
Residency Program in Viterbo, Italy
Dates: 4 week residency program in April, May, June, September, October, or November


  • $75 application fee
  • $1,250 Residency Fee*. Payment must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure.

Application Deadline
For the 2016­–17 Academic Year, we will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Residency Program
Visual artists and scholars including writers, art historians or researchers in any field, can apply for a four­-week residency with Montserrat’s sister organization in Viterbo, the ACRV. Up to four applicants are accepted for each month. Acceptance is based on the merit of the Residency Proposal, CV, relevance to the applicant’s professional practice, the ability to adapt to another culture and environment, and the capacity to follow through on independent work.

Participants are responsible for costs and arrangements for traveling to and from the residency. Montserrat provides information to help with travel plans and to support the residency period including contacts for hiring assistants at an hourly rate.

Upon Completion of Residency, each participant furnishes a synopsis of their residency with images, written material and links to relevant websites or publications for the online blog: Montserrat and ACRV Artist/Scholar Residency Program.

Located in the heart of Viterbo’s medieval quarter of San Pelligrino, the Associazione of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) was founded in 2013 to educate and support cultural and scholarly activities across disciplines through hosting international programming with Montserrat College of Art. The site of the first public school for girls in Italy founded by Santa Rosa Venerini in 1600, ACRV continues the tradition of educating and empowering children and adults. Only 75 miles kilometers northwest of Rome, Viterbo is located on the commuter rail, train, and bus lines to a wealth of historical sites and natural resources.

Program Fee Includes

  • Private bedroom
  • Private working area
  • Shared kitchen and living room
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing ACRV projects or programming when relevant

Residency Conditions

  • The duration of the residency is 3­–4 weeks; longer residencies and/or residencies during December, January, February, March, July, or August may be available on request.
  • There will be up to 4 Artists/Scholars in Residence at a time.
  • Companions are allowed based on availability and at additional cost.

* Program fee covers up to four weeks of residency.

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Although not a formal travel program, some students may be interested in supplementing their Montserrat College of Art education with coursework in other disciplines offered at nearby institutions. Through the Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (NECCUM), students may take 1 or 2 classes a semester in addition to their full-time coursework at Montserrat. Many schools are within 5 miles of Montserrat’s campus. Please visit the Registrar’s page for more information.