Summer Abroad

Photographing Athens, Greece

Photo by: Gary Samson

June 1st - June 30th

The Greece trip is a one month travel abroad program designed for traditional BFA students or CE students who would be living in a group situation, sharing kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters in the HAU apartments. Participants should expect to walk up to four miles a day while exploring Athens and many of the temple sites. Private room accommodations can be requested and worked out individually.


Photographing the Landscape, Architecture and People of Athens, Greece
June 1 – June 30, 2014 / 4 Weeks
SAW004 / Gary Samson, Chairperson, Photography, NHIA (Open to both Community Education and BFA)

This course will explore the rich culture of Athens, Greece through the creation of a body of photographic work that includes portraits, architecture, and landscape images. Using a digital, single lens reflex camera, students will learn how to use both available and artificial light to create compelling photographs that examine the rich heritage and artistic significance of this world class city. As an introduction, examples of 19th and 20th century photography will be presented as well as a review of digital camera operation, photographic technique, and lens selection based on subject interpretation and lighting conditions. Weekly field trips and critiques will help guide students through the technical and aesthetic decisions that have to be made to create a cohesive body of work. The finished portfolio for each participant will include twenty four images and a daily journal documenting their work and personal experiences.

Prerequisite: A digital, single lens reflex camera, basic understanding of digital camera operation, and a laptop with either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom software.

Limit: 12.

At least two optional weekend excursions outside of Athens with a visiting professor include a visit to Delphi, the island of Hydra and others TBA.



BFA students, Art Educators, Alumni, Community Education students and general community members are invited to enroll today. NHIA welcomes BFA students from other colleges to enroll in the course for the 3 transferable studio credits.
Participants must be age 18 or older to enroll.


Includes roundtrip airfare: Boston/Athens, Housing in Hellenic American apartment, Pick up and return to Athens Airport, Transportation for side trips, Use of classroom and computer labs at Hellenic American University, Health Insurance, 6 credits: 3  in Humanities, 3 in Art.

Course Fee:
$3250 (airfare, lodging, some evening meals, course tuition)

Deposit due at registration: $500 nonrefundable deposit is due by April 19. All attendees must either have their own insurance or can
purchase within our group insurance provided
through Allianz.

Final program payment due: May 2, 2014


To register or for more information, contact Community Education Department at CEregistration@nhia.edu or call 603-836-2515

Visit the CE Registration Page

Download a Registration form as a PDF


This collaboration between New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) and Hellenic American University (HAU) is available to students from member institutions of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC). The program is available to students who will be Juniors or Seniors in the 2014/2015 academic year. All students who participate must be in good standing at a NHCUC Member Institution and should receive permission from their home institution to participate.

Academic credit will be awarded by NHIA.