Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
The Edinburgh Fringe program is open to ALL students interested in experiencing the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 2022 marked the 75th year of the Fringe Festival – the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the world’s largest art festival! In August each year Edinburgh, Scotland hosts multiple overlapping festivals including: The International Festival (the best opera, ballet, dance, theater, music and orchestras from all over the world), Jazz and Blues Festival, Book Festival, Art Festival, and the largest of all - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hosting over 50,000 performances of over 3,200 different shows from more than 40 countries. Student artists may even take part in the festival and perform themselves.
Students will attend lectures and workshops by a variety of experienced professionals in the subject, attend multiple performing and visual art shows, and network with industry professionals from around the world. Coursework will include lab hours that match you up with artists performing at the festival! You will get hands-on learning opportunities so work on real shows. Let us know if you love: photography, videography/editing, social media, technical productions, marketing & street teams, or events planning. The program also includes day trips to sites around Scotland including a planned trip into the Highlands – you may spot the famous Loch Ness monster! Past trips have included: Castle Tours, The Kingdom of Fife, St. Andrews, Hadrian's Wall, Jacobite Steam Train (The Harry Potter train!), and more.
Watch the documentary film If Elephants Could Fly, that Drexel students helped to produce while on the Fringe program!
Credit/Registration: This course is taught as a hybrid: in Edinburgh and online with follow-on assignments. Students will receive credit for EAM I299 Producing for International Festivals for 3 credits which will be registered as part of fall term course load. Students must leave space for these 3 credits in their credit load, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.
This program has evolved over the last few years to be focused on the producing aspects of the performing arts and other various artistic forms. This course will be specially adapted for the ICA and divides the coursework into two parts.
Hours: There are class hours and lab hours to fulfill in Edinburgh during the festival. This requires a significant amount of weekly hours in addition to class hours. Students should be prepared for weekly schedules, with weekly time off for personal exploration and travel, with the permission of the program leader.
Faculty Director: Brian Moore, Associate Teaching Professor, Entertainment & Arts Management
Start Date: July 30, 2023
End Date: August 20, 2023
Freshmen applicants will be abroad during their vacation summer term. EAM and MIP majors in sophomores or junior year must obtain approval from their summer term co-op employer to participate. Early departure may be considered for co-op and graduate students when necessary, at the approval of Professor Moore.
Tentative Itinerary Overview
Due March 1st - $800 Advance Payment
Due May 15th - $1,885 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Selke Memorial Fund Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship available to a Westphal student for study or co-op abroad, in memory of Emily Selke who participated in the Edinburgh Fringe study abroad program.
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US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for this program. Other nationalities, please confirm visa requirement on the UK Embassy website.