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This program offers advanced Spanish speakers the opportunity to study art and design abroad by taking integrated courses with local Costa Rican students in the areas of advertising design, architecture, digital animation, interior design, photography, and product design. Students are highly encouraged to complete an intensive month of Spanish upon arrival and may consider taking one elective course in Spanish for international students to complement their studies with local students.

What's Included?

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.6 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to advanced Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental forms
  • Completion of an oral interview
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API San José programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Monumento Nacional Guayabo and Valle de Orosí

    This is the largest archaeological site found in Costa Rica. Largely unexplored, the area contains ancient trails, bridges, water tanks and home sites, as well as petroglyphs estimated to be about 3,000 years old. San Jose Guayabo is thought to have been inhabited from about 500 B.C. to 1400 A. D. Archeologists believe that Guayabo was an important religious and cultural center. The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

  • Bocas del Toro

    The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

    Depending on the term, students will either participate in this excursion or one to Nicaragua.

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  • Monumento Nacional Guayabo and Valle de Orosí

    This is the largest archaeological site found in Costa Rica. Largely unexplored, the area contains ancient trails, bridges, water tanks and home sites, as well as petroglyphs estimated to be about 3,000 years old. San Jose Guayabo is thought to have been inhabited from about 500 B.C. to 1400 A. D. Archeologists believe that Guayabo was an important religious and cultural center. The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

  • Bocas del Toro

    The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

    Depending on the term, students will either participate in this excursion or one to Nicaragua.

  • Rincon de la Vieja

    On this excursion, students will stay at Buena Vista Lodge, and old Hacienda that has been changed into a mountain lodge. All meals and attractions are within the land of the hacienda, such as horseback riding, canopy tours, water slides, and natural hot springs. The lodge is a great example of sustainability, as all of the vegetables and goods for every meal come directly from its fields. Students typically enjoy this excursion because it is all inclusive!

  • Arenal & Fortuna

    Arenal Volcano National Park is located in central Costa Rica. The park is surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests with waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) nearby.

  • Volcán Irazú National Park and Valle de Orosí

    At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

  • Bocas del Toro

    The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

    Depending on the term, students will either participate in this excursion or one to Nicaragua.

  • Arenal & Fortuna

    Arenal Volcano National Park is located in central Costa Rica. The park is surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests with waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) nearby.

  • Volcán Irazú National Park and Valle de Orosí

    At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-18 credits per semester

This program offers advanced Spanish speakers the opportunity to study art and design abroad by taking integrated courses with local Costa Rican students in the areas of advertising design, architecture, digital animation, interior design, photography, and product design. Students are highly encouraged to complete an intensive month of Spanish upon arrival and may consider taking one elective course in Spanish for international students to complement their studies with local students. Program fees include a maximum of up to 18 credit hours, which may consist of a mix of integrated courses with Costa Rican students and 1-2 courses designed for visiting international students.

All students will complete an online Spanish written placement test prior to departure. Students who do not demonstrate a high level of Spanish will be asked to consider alternate program options at Veritas for visiting international students.

TRANSCRIPTS

All students receive a transcript from the Universidad Veritas upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Francy Orozco

    Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.

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    Gabi Perches

    Gabi Perches will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - gabriela.perches@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

The Universidad Veritas operates on the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of Costa Rican contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours per course by 15. At the Universidad Veritas, elective courses vary between 3 and 4 U.S. semester credits and language courses can equate to 3-5 U.S. semester credits.

DISEÑO I (DESIGN I)

Students are introducted to the basic priniciples of design: composition, proportion, scale, etc., to understand them as linguistic resources to project their ideas. The course offers necessary tools to develop skills in two- dimensional representation, using techniques such as graphite and ink. The purpose is to encourage experimentation and creaitivty.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LA MULTIMEDIA (Introduction to Multimedia)

This course provides necessary tools for students to begin to express themselves in three major ares: Digital Art, Digital Animaltion and Interactivity. Concepts such as Timeline, Frame, Script, creation and editing of Bitmap images are practiced. Topics related to editing, creation and post- production of videos are introduced.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PENSAMIENTO, ESTÉTICA Y REPRESENTACIÓN (Thought, Esthetics and Representation)

This course exposes the fundamental aspects to the evolution of philosophical thought in relation with the concepts of space and representation. Specific models of its history are used: classic, modern, and contemporary. Students gain the tools to develop an appropriate conceptual and critical reflection on their field.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

LITERATURA ARTÍSTICA (Artistic Literature)

The course addresses literature as a form of artistic expression. It explores its specificites, as an alternative to construct discourse of high symbolic content. Universal literature masterpieces are decoded to show the cultural and imaginative development that a digital animation professional requires.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA ANIMACIÓN I (History of Animation I)

This course introduces the study of animation from the technical, easthetic and social analysis of what determines the artistic modality. The industry is analyzed through the pioneering studies that emerged in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Emphasis will be on the stylistic definitions and criteria of the audience.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PRINCIPIOS BÁSICOS DE ACTUACIÓN (Basic Principles of Acting)

This course offers fundamental concepts and tools for for a professional in audiovisual production. Topics such as the role and the specific functions of both the director and actor are addressed. Dramatic text is analyzed as a point of interaction between both components of the creative proposal.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

ARTE Y CIVILIZACIÓN (Art and Civilization)

The course establishes the fundamental coordinates of the development of the different forms of artistic expression, from its origins to the contemporary period. The cultural processes are analyzed from the relationships between image, design and thought systems, focusing on symbolic models that allow to establish the patterns of their evolution. The selected themes favor the recognition of the dialogical relations between the western and Latin American culture, as well as the enrichment and the updating of the approaches for the reflection about the practice

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

["This subject presents general and specific aspects of visuality in design, from a theoretical prism of art in its historical evolution","a semiotics of the objects is deepened not only as an analysis of the reference between signifier and meaning but as an analysis of the production of sense of and with the objects, this with the purpose of propitiating an indispensable conceptualization for the formation of an intellectual of high creative register ."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LAS ESTRUCTURAS (Introduction to Structures)

This course proposes a way of determining the relationships between structure, space, function, form and context as determinants of natural and artificial structures. It offers students the fundamental principles for defining strategies that allow to articulate utilitarian purpose, structural function, aesthetic demand and economy.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia de la Arquitectura I (History of Architecture I)

This course allows students to analyze the architectural space through the theoretical and critical review of its development in ancient cultures. Architecture is analyzed by reaffirming art- society links through the study of the cultural centers in Europe, Asia, the East and America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

DISEÑO CON EL ENTORNO (Environmental Design)

This course familiarizes the student with the different climatic zones of the country and establishes the basic coordinates of their relationship with the architectural design. Through exercises, the course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources, and the particular culture of the environment where the architectural projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO INDUSTRIAL (History of Industrial Design)

The characteristics of Product Design as one of the elements of expression of the material culture of our civilization are analyzed from a perspective that takes into account the economic and social phenomena, the scientific, technological and technical advances, the producers, and the systems of sale and users.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TECNOLOGÍA I (Technology I)

The course proposes an overview of the characteristics, properties and applications of the most commonly used materials. It also looks at their methods of transformation and use for the manufacture of products and the recognition of the way they are found in commerce.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

ERGONOMÍA I (Ergonomics I)

Ergonomics is considered a central factor in the development of a design capacity that knows how to respond to the needs and well-being of human beings in their relations with products, environments, spaces.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

Esta asignatura presenta aspectos generales y específicos de la visualidad en el diseño, desde un prisma teórico del arte en su devenir histórico; se profundiza una semiótica de los objetos no solo como análisis de la referencia entre significante y significado sino como análisis de producción de sentido de y con los objeto, esto con el propósito de propiciar una conceptualización indispensable para la formación de un intelectual de alto registro creativo.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Taller de Color (Color Workshop)

This course approaches the theoretical foundations and the perception of color from the analysis of its psychological, semiological and symbolic attributes and the application of these concepts to the design of the internal space. The course aims to generate creative and innovative proposals in the solution of projects in which the communication potentialities of the colors are hierarchized, in relation to the functionality of the spaces that it qualifies.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA (Psychology)

This course explores general aspects of perception theory as a cognitive construction of the world in which we live. There is an emphasis on the principles of interior space design as a strategy to generate environmental experiences of well-being, security and motivational activation. The environment is focused as a scenario of communication and social interaction, as a system of meanings and emotional device based on the definition of space as text

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO DEL ESPACIO INTERNO I (History of Interior Design I)

The course analyzes and reflects on different stages of the development of the history of home life (from the primitive community to the Middle Ages), assuming the definition of housing as a social space. Although the main focus is on western cultures, it also compares oriental and pre-Hispanic societies. It offers a necessary interdisciplinary perspective whose fundamental sources are the History of Art, Anthropology, Art Psychology, Design Theory, Theory of Culture and Architecture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Materiales I (Materials I)

This course provides the student with theoretical and typological definitions. It also provides technical knowledge for the recognition and use of different construction materials (concrete, wood, metals, translucent, light, etc.)

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Paisajismo y entorno I (landscapes and environment I)

Through theoretical-practical exercises, this course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources and the particular culture of the environment where the design projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

MERCADEO I (MARKETING I)

This course introduces basic principles and theories of marketing.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

COMUNICACIÓN I (COMMUNICATIONS I)

This course establishes the basic principles of communication theory and provides the student with the knowledge to understand the interrelation between communication, other sciences and advertising design.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA DE LA PUBLICIDAD (PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLICITY)

This course looks at advertising strategies in a critical and creative way. The knowledge of the public-merchandise-psychology relationship and the study of motivation will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

CULTURA LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE)

This course addresses fundamental patterns of Latin American thought through literary production. An evaluative analysis on the perception of Latin America is shown. From the colony to the contemporary, the cultural reflection of the region is emphasized.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA FOTOGRAFÍA I (HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY I)

This course introduces the student to the history and evolution of photography from its origins (1839) to 1920. Through the knowledge and evaluative analysis of works and authors representative of this chronological segment, a reflection is promoted around the technical particularities of photography as well as its meaning, from the documentary and cultural point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

FOTOGRAFÍA COSTARRICENSE Y LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN AND COSTA RICAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

This course analyzes the development of photography in Latin America, with an emphasis on Costa Rica. It marks the most significant patterns in the country's evolution and assessing its significance in the context of the history of world photography. This process is studied through the analysis of Latin American and Costa Rican works and artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

DISEÑO I (DESIGN I)

Students are introducted to the basic priniciples of design: composition, proportion, scale, etc., to understand them as linguistic resources to project their ideas. The course offers necessary tools to develop skills in two- dimensional representation, using techniques such as graphite and ink. The purpose is to encourage experimentation and creaitivty.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LA MULTIMEDIA (Introduction to Multimedia)

This course provides necessary tools for students to begin to express themselves in three major ares: Digital Art, Digital Animaltion and Interactivity. Concepts such as Timeline, Frame, Script, creation and editing of Bitmap images are practiced. Topics related to editing, creation and post- production of videos are introduced.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PENSAMIENTO, ESTÉTICA Y REPRESENTACIÓN (Thought, Esthetics and Representation)

This course exposes the fundamental aspects to the evolution of philosophical thought in relation with the concepts of space and representation. Specific models of its history are used: classic, modern, and contemporary. Students gain the tools to develop an appropriate conceptual and critical reflection on their field.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

LITERATURA ARTÍSTICA (Artistic Literature)

The course addresses literature as a form of artistic expression. It explores its specificites, as an alternative to construct discourse of high symbolic content. Universal literature masterpieces are decoded to show the cultural and imaginative development that a digital animation professional requires.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA ANIMACIÓN I (History of Animation I)

This course introduces the study of animation from the technical, easthetic and social analysis of what determines the artistic modality. The industry is analyzed through the pioneering studies that emerged in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Emphasis will be on the stylistic definitions and criteria of the audience.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PRINCIPIOS BÁSICOS DE ACTUACIÓN (Basic Principles of Acting)

This course offers fundamental concepts and tools for for a professional in audiovisual production. Topics such as the role and the specific functions of both the director and actor are addressed. Dramatic text is analyzed as a point of interaction between both components of the creative proposal.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

ARTE Y CIVILIZACIÓN (Art and Civilization)

The course establishes the fundamental coordinates of the development of the different forms of artistic expression, from its origins to the contemporary period. The cultural processes are analyzed from the relationships between image, design and thought systems, focusing on symbolic models that allow to establish the patterns of their evolution. The selected themes favor the recognition of the dialogical relations between the western and Latin American culture, as well as the enrichment and the updating of the approaches for the reflection about the practice

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

["This subject presents general and specific aspects of visuality in design, from a theoretical prism of art in its historical evolution","a semiotics of the objects is deepened not only as an analysis of the reference between signifier and meaning but as an analysis of the production of sense of and with the objects, this with the purpose of propitiating an indispensable conceptualization for the formation of an intellectual of high creative register ."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LAS ESTRUCTURAS (Introduction to Structures)

This course proposes a way of determining the relationships between structure, space, function, form and context as determinants of natural and artificial structures. It offers students the fundamental principles for defining strategies that allow to articulate utilitarian purpose, structural function, aesthetic demand and economy.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia de la Arquitectura I (History of Architecture I)

This course allows students to analyze the architectural space through the theoretical and critical review of its development in ancient cultures. Architecture is analyzed by reaffirming art- society links through the study of the cultural centers in Europe, Asia, the East and America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

DISEÑO CON EL ENTORNO (Environmental Design)

This course familiarizes the student with the different climatic zones of the country and establishes the basic coordinates of their relationship with the architectural design. Through exercises, the course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources, and the particular culture of the environment where the architectural projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO INDUSTRIAL (History of Industrial Design)

The characteristics of Product Design as one of the elements of expression of the material culture of our civilization are analyzed from a perspective that takes into account the economic and social phenomena, the scientific, technological and technical advances, the producers, and the systems of sale and users.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TECNOLOGÍA I (Technology I)

The course proposes an overview of the characteristics, properties and applications of the most commonly used materials. It also looks at their methods of transformation and use for the manufacture of products and the recognition of the way they are found in commerce.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

ERGONOMÍA I (Ergonomics I)

Ergonomics is considered a central factor in the development of a design capacity that knows how to respond to the needs and well-being of human beings in their relations with products, environments, spaces.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

Esta asignatura presenta aspectos generales y específicos de la visualidad en el diseño, desde un prisma teórico del arte en su devenir histórico; se profundiza una semiótica de los objetos no solo como análisis de la referencia entre significante y significado sino como análisis de producción de sentido de y con los objeto, esto con el propósito de propiciar una conceptualización indispensable para la formación de un intelectual de alto registro creativo.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Taller de Color (Color Workshop)

This course approaches the theoretical foundations and the perception of color from the analysis of its psychological, semiological and symbolic attributes and the application of these concepts to the design of the internal space. The course aims to generate creative and innovative proposals in the solution of projects in which the communication potentialities of the colors are hierarchized, in relation to the functionality of the spaces that it qualifies.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA (Psychology)

This course explores general aspects of perception theory as a cognitive construction of the world in which we live. There is an emphasis on the principles of interior space design as a strategy to generate environmental experiences of well-being, security and motivational activation. The environment is focused as a scenario of communication and social interaction, as a system of meanings and emotional device based on the definition of space as text

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO DEL ESPACIO INTERNO I (History of Interior Design I)

The course analyzes and reflects on different stages of the development of the history of home life (from the primitive community to the Middle Ages), assuming the definition of housing as a social space. Although the main focus is on western cultures, it also compares oriental and pre-Hispanic societies. It offers a necessary interdisciplinary perspective whose fundamental sources are the History of Art, Anthropology, Art Psychology, Design Theory, Theory of Culture and Architecture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Materiales I (Materials I)

This course provides the student with theoretical and typological definitions. It also provides technical knowledge for the recognition and use of different construction materials (concrete, wood, metals, translucent, light, etc.)

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Paisajismo y entorno I (landscapes and environment I)

Through theoretical-practical exercises, this course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources and the particular culture of the environment where the design projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

MERCADEO I (MARKETING I)

This course introduces basic principles and theories of marketing.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

COMUNICACIÓN I (COMMUNICATIONS I)

This course establishes the basic principles of communication theory and provides the student with the knowledge to understand the interrelation between communication, other sciences and advertising design.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA DE LA PUBLICIDAD (PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLICITY)

This course looks at advertising strategies in a critical and creative way. The knowledge of the public-merchandise-psychology relationship and the study of motivation will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

CULTURA LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE)

This course addresses fundamental patterns of Latin American thought through literary production. An evaluative analysis on the perception of Latin America is shown. From the colony to the contemporary, the cultural reflection of the region is emphasized.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA FOTOGRAFÍA I (HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY I)

This course introduces the student to the history and evolution of photography from its origins (1839) to 1920. Through the knowledge and evaluative analysis of works and authors representative of this chronological segment, a reflection is promoted around the technical particularities of photography as well as its meaning, from the documentary and cultural point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

FOTOGRAFÍA COSTARRICENSE Y LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN AND COSTA RICAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

This course analyzes the development of photography in Latin America, with an emphasis on Costa Rica. It marks the most significant patterns in the country's evolution and assessing its significance in the context of the history of world photography. This process is studied through the analysis of Latin American and Costa Rican works and artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

DISEÑO I (DESIGN I)

Students are introducted to the basic priniciples of design: composition, proportion, scale, etc., to understand them as linguistic resources to project their ideas. The course offers necessary tools to develop skills in two- dimensional representation, using techniques such as graphite and ink. The purpose is to encourage experimentation and creaitivty.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LA MULTIMEDIA (Introduction to Multimedia)

This course provides necessary tools for students to begin to express themselves in three major ares: Digital Art, Digital Animaltion and Interactivity. Concepts such as Timeline, Frame, Script, creation and editing of Bitmap images are practiced. Topics related to editing, creation and post- production of videos are introduced.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PENSAMIENTO, ESTÉTICA Y REPRESENTACIÓN (Thought, Esthetics and Representation)

This course exposes the fundamental aspects to the evolution of philosophical thought in relation with the concepts of space and representation. Specific models of its history are used: classic, modern, and contemporary. Students gain the tools to develop an appropriate conceptual and critical reflection on their field.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

LITERATURA ARTÍSTICA (Artistic Literature)

The course addresses literature as a form of artistic expression. It explores its specificites, as an alternative to construct discourse of high symbolic content. Universal literature masterpieces are decoded to show the cultural and imaginative development that a digital animation professional requires.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA ANIMACIÓN I (History of Animation I)

This course introduces the study of animation from the technical, easthetic and social analysis of what determines the artistic modality. The industry is analyzed through the pioneering studies that emerged in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Emphasis will be on the stylistic definitions and criteria of the audience.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PRINCIPIOS BÁSICOS DE ACTUACIÓN (Basic Principles of Acting)

This course offers fundamental concepts and tools for for a professional in audiovisual production. Topics such as the role and the specific functions of both the director and actor are addressed. Dramatic text is analyzed as a point of interaction between both components of the creative proposal.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

ARTE Y CIVILIZACIÓN (Art and Civilization)

The course establishes the fundamental coordinates of the development of the different forms of artistic expression, from its origins to the contemporary period. The cultural processes are analyzed from the relationships between image, design and thought systems, focusing on symbolic models that allow to establish the patterns of their evolution. The selected themes favor the recognition of the dialogical relations between the western and Latin American culture, as well as the enrichment and the updating of the approaches for the reflection about the practice

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

["This subject presents general and specific aspects of visuality in design, from a theoretical prism of art in its historical evolution","a semiotics of the objects is deepened not only as an analysis of the reference between signifier and meaning but as an analysis of the production of sense of and with the objects, this with the purpose of propitiating an indispensable conceptualization for the formation of an intellectual of high creative register ."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

INTRODUCCIÓN A LAS ESTRUCTURAS (Introduction to Structures)

This course proposes a way of determining the relationships between structure, space, function, form and context as determinants of natural and artificial structures. It offers students the fundamental principles for defining strategies that allow to articulate utilitarian purpose, structural function, aesthetic demand and economy.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia de la Arquitectura I (History of Architecture I)

This course allows students to analyze the architectural space through the theoretical and critical review of its development in ancient cultures. Architecture is analyzed by reaffirming art- society links through the study of the cultural centers in Europe, Asia, the East and America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

DISEÑO CON EL ENTORNO (Environmental Design)

This course familiarizes the student with the different climatic zones of the country and establishes the basic coordinates of their relationship with the architectural design. Through exercises, the course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources, and the particular culture of the environment where the architectural projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO INDUSTRIAL (History of Industrial Design)

The characteristics of Product Design as one of the elements of expression of the material culture of our civilization are analyzed from a perspective that takes into account the economic and social phenomena, the scientific, technological and technical advances, the producers, and the systems of sale and users.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TECNOLOGÍA I (Technology I)

The course proposes an overview of the characteristics, properties and applications of the most commonly used materials. It also looks at their methods of transformation and use for the manufacture of products and the recognition of the way they are found in commerce.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

ERGONOMÍA I (Ergonomics I)

Ergonomics is considered a central factor in the development of a design capacity that knows how to respond to the needs and well-being of human beings in their relations with products, environments, spaces.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

TEORÍA I (Theory I)

Esta asignatura presenta aspectos generales y específicos de la visualidad en el diseño, desde un prisma teórico del arte en su devenir histórico; se profundiza una semiótica de los objetos no solo como análisis de la referencia entre significante y significado sino como análisis de producción de sentido de y con los objeto, esto con el propósito de propiciar una conceptualización indispensable para la formación de un intelectual de alto registro creativo.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Taller de Color (Color Workshop)

This course approaches the theoretical foundations and the perception of color from the analysis of its psychological, semiological and symbolic attributes and the application of these concepts to the design of the internal space. The course aims to generate creative and innovative proposals in the solution of projects in which the communication potentialities of the colors are hierarchized, in relation to the functionality of the spaces that it qualifies.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA (Psychology)

This course explores general aspects of perception theory as a cognitive construction of the world in which we live. There is an emphasis on the principles of interior space design as a strategy to generate environmental experiences of well-being, security and motivational activation. The environment is focused as a scenario of communication and social interaction, as a system of meanings and emotional device based on the definition of space as text

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DEL DISEÑO DEL ESPACIO INTERNO I (History of Interior Design I)

The course analyzes and reflects on different stages of the development of the history of home life (from the primitive community to the Middle Ages), assuming the definition of housing as a social space. Although the main focus is on western cultures, it also compares oriental and pre-Hispanic societies. It offers a necessary interdisciplinary perspective whose fundamental sources are the History of Art, Anthropology, Art Psychology, Design Theory, Theory of Culture and Architecture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Materiales I (Materials I)

This course provides the student with theoretical and typological definitions. It also provides technical knowledge for the recognition and use of different construction materials (concrete, wood, metals, translucent, light, etc.)

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Paisajismo y entorno I (landscapes and environment I)

Through theoretical-practical exercises, this course encourages respect for the environment, natural resources and the particular culture of the environment where the design projects will be developed.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

MERCADEO I (MARKETING I)

This course introduces basic principles and theories of marketing.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

COMUNICACIÓN I (COMMUNICATIONS I)

This course establishes the basic principles of communication theory and provides the student with the knowledge to understand the interrelation between communication, other sciences and advertising design.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

PSICOLOGÍA DE LA PUBLICIDAD (PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLICITY)

This course looks at advertising strategies in a critical and creative way. The knowledge of the public-merchandise-psychology relationship and the study of motivation will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

CULTURA LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE)

This course addresses fundamental patterns of Latin American thought through literary production. An evaluative analysis on the perception of Latin America is shown. From the colony to the contemporary, the cultural reflection of the region is emphasized.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

HISTORIA DE LA FOTOGRAFÍA I (HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY I)

This course introduces the student to the history and evolution of photography from its origins (1839) to 1920. Through the knowledge and evaluative analysis of works and authors representative of this chronological segment, a reflection is promoted around the technical particularities of photography as well as its meaning, from the documentary and cultural point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

FOTOGRAFÍA COSTARRICENSE Y LATINOAMERICANA (LATIN AMERICAN AND COSTA RICAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

This course analyzes the development of photography in Latin America, with an emphasis on Costa Rica. It marks the most significant patterns in the country's evolution and assessing its significance in the context of the history of world photography. This process is studied through the analysis of Latin American and Costa Rican works and artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Volunteer opportunities available
  • International excursion in fall semester

Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Academic Year Sep 8, 2019 - May 1, 2020 $18,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Sep 8, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $9,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 4, 2020 - May 1, 2020 $9,980 Oct 20, 2019 Nov 15, 2019
Spring Jan 5, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 $9,980 Oct 20, 2018 Nov 15, 2018