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* CSU Meets South Africa: Visual Pathways in Art and Education (Art History, Art Education)
Harrismith, South Africa; Qwa Qwa, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Recommended Programs: Art and Art History
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Program Coordinator:
Aimee Jones
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Liberal Arts
Program Description:

CSU Meets Africa: Visual Pathways in
Art and Education

South Africa

Artwork in South AfricaSouth African artist at workCommunity gathering in SABasotho Pottery
This four-week summer program will focus on the Arts of Africa through the study of artistic methods and techniques, cultural context, and global significance.  Students will engage with South African visual artists through service learning projects, interviews, educational programming, and collaboration.

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 19 to June 16, 2019 (Tentative - applications will open August 2018)
NOTE: Participants will take a group flight to South Africa that departs the U.S. on May 18 to arrive in S. Africa on May 19, 2019..

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for ART 311/510B Art of Africa - African Art History (3 credits) and ART 325 Concepts in Art Education (3 credits) or ART 496I - Group Study in Art Education. Students will be enrolled in a total of 6 CSU credits through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program fee includes tuition, international group airfare, lodging and meals, excursions, on-site transportation, and staff support.  Program fees do not include insurance, passport, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs and The Lauren Project grant.  Pell grant recipients may also apply for the Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship.

PROGRAM LEADERSDr. David Riep, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History; Dr. Patrick Fahey, Associate Professor of Art Education, Department of Art and Art History

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing.

Academic Overview

This 4-week summer program will focus on the Arts of Africa through the study of artistic methods and techniques, cultural context, and global significance. The first week of the program will meet on campus at CSU, and will serve as an introduction to the visual arts of Africa and their function in contemporary South African society. It will include a social and artistic history of South Africa, as well as a cultural primer on the South Sotho peoples. The orientation will also provide a platform for students to ask any questions, and for faculty to provide practical information for travel in South Africa.  Upon returning to CSU, the program will include a final week of debriefing, evaluation, and project presentations.

The following 4-weeks will be spent in South Africa, and will be broken up into the following modules:
  • Studio Art Methods and techniques
    • In this module, students will meet with South African visual artists to observe and participate in the various methods and techniques used to create culturally-specific South Sotho and Zulu bead work, mural arts, and performance art.
    • It will also expose students to the function of the visual arts within their original context.
  • Art History and Museum Studies
    • This module will include a service learning project that engages with art historical approaches and methodologies, and topical discussion on the display of African objects within a museum setting.
    • Students will interview and document South Sotho visual artists, kings, chiefs, and oral historians in order to record a history that provides South Sotho individuals the opportunity to represent themselves within their own terms.
    • This information will be used to reinstall an area museum that serves as a culturally significant site for the Batlokwa ba Mota, a South Sotho culture.
  • Art Education
    • This module will focus on developing culturally relevant didactic tools for area students and teachers to engage with South Sotho art and history.
    • Educational programming will be developed around the aforementioned museum, allowing it to become an extension of the classroom for local elementary and middle school students and teachers.
    • In addition, CSU students and faculty will collaborate with Dr. Diphane Hlalele from the University of the Free State, as well as Helene Smuts, founder and director of the Africa Meets Africa project in order to implement teacher training sessions on newly developed arts-based curricula.
    • Following these sessions, students will collaborate with their peers from the University of the Free State in quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the training sessions.
Pre- and Post-trip programming
The program will include a cultural orientation session during the week prior to departure, as well as a debriefing session during the week following the return to CSU. The sessions will include study on the history of South Africa, a cultural primer on South Sotho arts, culture, and customs, and a training session on the Sesotho language. In addition, a debriefing session will provide students with a platform to share their written response papers that were completed throughout the time abroad, as well as to evaluate the service learning projects.


Located on the southern tip of the African continent, the Republic of South Africa is a multiethnic society that encompasses a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Home to a number of natural resources and minerals that made it highly coveted by imperial powers through the twentieth century, much South Africa’s recent history has been harrowed by segregation and industrialization. However, the steps towards healing were initiated in 1994, when the first universal elections took place that resulted in the legal end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president. 

Throughout the duration of the program, students will spend their time in Harrismith and Qwa Qwa.  Harrismith is an important juncture point that leads to a number of popular destinations in South Africa. Qwa Qwa, a former Bantustan that reunited with South Africa after 1994, was the designated homeland of more than 180,000 Sesotho-speaking Basotho people during the time of apartheid.

Housing and Meals

Accommodation and meals will be at Mount Everest Guest Farm. Located in Harrismith, Mount Everest Guest Farm is a lodge that provides necessities such as a hot shower, microwave, fridge, heater, and warm blankets. It is located outside of town, directly viewing the Drakensberg Mountains. Wildlife such as zebra and wildebeests often roam the vicinity.


Source article describing the program and video of South Sotho Arts

Artwork from South AfricaCommunity gatheringImages from Cultural Center