USA Field School - Art Cities: Los Angeles and Las Vegas

This 3-week Field School will immerse students in the visual and built environments of both Los Angeles and Los Vegas - two cities whose distinct geographical circumstances and histories have shaped urban development and, in turn, fundamentally informed the art and artistic representation of each.  The cities provide the opportunity to explore the dynamic connection between art and context from multiple perspectives as civic, industrial, and environmental spaces, as well as Indigenous landscapes.  The class will spend one week on the U of Guelph campus learning about ideas and issues related to art and the environment, followed by one week in each of the U.S. cities engaging in experiential learning through site visits and tours, as well as face-to-face encounters with researchers, artists, and cultural figures.  Site visits in Las Vegas will include the UNLV Design Center, Fremont Street and the Strip, the Venetian Hotel, a desert tour, and the Hoover Dam.  Visits in Los Angeles will include UCLA, Hollywood/Beverly Hills, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Neon Museum, and the Mapping Indigenous LA project.

This international field school is open to students from all disciplines at the University of Guelph.

Information Session

Tuesday, Nov. 13

5:30 - 6:30 pm

MCKN 315

Field School Details

Instructor: Dr. Shauna McCabe, Director of the Art Gallery of Guelph

Offered: Summer 2019

Prerequisite: 7.5 credits or permission of the instructor, 70% cumulative average,

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. McCabe or Allison Broadbent, Study Abroad Manager.

Program Dates

Tentative dates:
May 20-24                    Daily 2 hour class (Monday-Friday) on University of Guelph campus
May 27- May 31           Las Vegas
June 1                          Bus to Los Angeles
June 2-7                       Los Angeles


Students will be registered in 1.0 credits at the third year level.  


Students should budget for the following:

  •  Airfare to Las Vegas, return flight from Los Angeles
  • Tuition and fees at the University of Guelph for 1.0 credits
  • The USA Field School fee: approximately $1500 which covers the following: - 13 nights accommodation, transportation for site visits in the cities. Amount is subject to change based on fluctuating exchange rate.
  • Mandatory travel health and emergency insurance through the company Guard Me ($1.65 / day)
  • ​Personal expenses (food, additional personal travel, etc) 


Students applying for the program must have completed a total of 7.5 undergraduate credits by the time the program begins in May 2019 (or permission from the instructor), and must have a 70% cumulative average. (Students with a 67 - 69% cumulative average may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that affected their marks which are described on their application.)

The program is open to students from all disciplines at the University of Guelph, with a maximum of 15 students being accepted to the program. 

Apply to the USA School

Students interested in applying to the USA Field School must apply using an online application. To receive access to the online application you must first attend a Study Abroad Information Session through the Centre for International Programs. You will then receive access to the online application by early December.

Application deadline: January 25, 2019