Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    3 credits
    • Location

      Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Dates

      May 7–23, 2018
    • Cross-Listed Courses

      ARTS 100 Art Appreciation (3)

      ARTS 116 History of Western Art 1 (3)

      ARTS 126 History of Western Art 2 (3)

      ARTS 315 Contemporary Art Trends (3)

      ARTS 411 Art History Seminar: Design & Contemporary Art in Berlin & Amsterdam (3)


      Study Tours are Biola courses that are taught while the enrolled students travel with the faculty to a remote location relevant to the course content.


      What Will I Study?

      In this course and tour, we will see and engage with some of the major pieces and movements of Western art history by visiting a rich variety of museums and galleries in two of Europe’s most exciting art hubs — Berlin and Amsterdam. We will explore the complex relationship of faith, art and culture by investigating art-making as a means of thinking about the world around us theologically, artistically and interpersonally. The art in these cities spans all periods of art history, including ancient art through to the most current contemporary movements in design, photography, painting, sculpture and new media.

      You will have the opportunity to experience art history first hand, encountering original works of art in their cultural context, including visits to the Rembrandt House Museum and a personal tour of the Van Gogh museum by Vincent’s great-grandnephew (and those are in just the first couple days)! While central Amsterdam and Berlin will be our hubs (and you’ll be given free time to explore these great cities), we will also take restful day trips to places like Zaanse-Shans and Marken villages in northern Holland, and to Wittenberg in Germany to see the birthplace of the Reformation on the occasion of its 500th anniversary. The tour is open to all current students and graduates/guests who register as special status students. Non-art majors can receive GE or elective credit, and art majors can choose one of a number of cross-listed art history course options.

      For more information contact: Prof. Kurt Simonson; Rhonda Sudduth