Unlike typical tourists pouring into Paris during this time of year, Purdue University Northwest students are being graded on their photographs of the City of Lights.
For the second year in a row, the PNW Art & Photography in Paris study abroad program is offering students the unique opportunity to explore Paris’s most famous attractions from behind the lens of a camera. The trip itinerary includes visiting locations like the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, as well as several modern art museums and privately owned galleries.
Dr. Thomas J. Roach, the department head of PNW Communication and Creative Arts, taught photography for the program last year and has returned with a new group of students. He is accompanied by PNW continuing lecturer and art aficionado Ken Bronowski, who is teaching art appreciation.
“Whatever the course subject, study abroad makes students more well-rounded,” said Roach. “Going to Paris and meeting artists, producing fine art photographs, and visiting museums to view the broadest possible variety of art contribute to a deeper, more articulated sense of who we are and how we can express ourselves.”
Junior PNW communication student Stephanie Hamilton feels studying abroad will help her break into the world of public relations one day: “Studying abroad can benefit my major in communication because it shows I am willing to try new things and take on adventures,” said Hamilton. “It’s extremely difficult for some people to just get up and move to a new country for a long period of time. This shows that I am capable of adapting to new things and becoming skilled at them.”
The group will be in Paris for approximately one month, from May 14 to June 10.