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Prague: Design as Performance

Prague: Design as Performance

  • Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC: June 4–25, 2011 (3 weeks)
  • TRAVL-UG 9250 | 4 credits | Instructor: Kristin Horton (NYU Gallatin)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Theater performance and design and more

ornate ceiling and rows of balconies of a theater

During a three-week Global Arts Workshop, students will investigate the unique visual artistry inherent in Czech theater, its history and influence in Eastern Europe, and its application in contemporary theater performance.

Steeped in a legacy of theater performance rooted in the visual tradition, Prague is home and host to some of the most innovative work in theatrical design and performance. This course will trace the genealogy of design-influenced performance from its roots in the concentration camps of World War II, where the practice of using found objects in imaginative ways began as a means for creating the world of the play, to the latter 20th century, when theater artists invented new ways of communicating visually with their audiences as a means to escape censorship from totalitarian government officials.

Through architectural and gallery tours as well as Czech theater performances, we will investigate the historical and political conditions from which Eastern European theater emerged in the 20th century and the influence of visual design in contemporary Czech theater.

The course will include hands on workshops where we will explore tools and approaches for collaboration between the visual and performing arts as well as new ways of incorporating visual arts into storytelling and performance.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 units of the Interdisciplinary Seminar.


  • Undergraduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2011 term


  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3000
  • Deposit (applied to program costs, non-refundable): $400
  • Program Fee: $450
  • Housing Fee: $850
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: $510

Program fee includes mandatory excursions and some meals.

 Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Most meals and local transportation

Financial Aid

See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on opportunities.

Important Travel Details

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Prague Travel Course Photos