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Chile: Space: Atacama - Exploring Art, Culture, and the Environment on Chile's High Desert Plateau
Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Creative Arts Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 4
Faculty Leader: Gerald Habarth
Program Description:


Chile: Space Atacama: Exploring Art, Culture, and the Environment on Chile's High Desert Plateau
AtacamaSpace Atacama is a 4 credit, adventure art course for both art majors and non-art majors. Following an initial week of orientation and preparation, students travel to the high Atacama Desert of northern Chile to investigate themes of perception, space, the environment and other notions relating to the experience of the landscape. These themes are explored through daily expeditions into the beautiful and extraordinary natural landscape surrounding the remote desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. During their journeys students record and document their experiences, gathering data and information for a final art project. Students also learn about the history, politics and culture of Chile; and the Pre-Columbian and Atacameñan culture and history of the Atacama region, by visiting historical and archeological sites, and attending one of the region’s most important religious and folk festival, La Fiesta de San Pedro. Finally, students learn about the particular aspects of the Atacama that distinguish it in terms of biology, geology and astronomy. This includes a visit to one of the world’s most important radio telescope installations, the ALMA observatory. Upon return to the US, students create a final, multimedia art work inspired by their experience of the Atacama. Non-art students and students with little technical experience are encouraged to apply; the skills needed to complete the final project are learned on location and during the final week of study.


City: San Pedro de Atacama

Country: Chile

Population: 2,500

Information: San Pedro de Atacama is a Chilean town and commune in El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region. It is located east of Antofagasta, some 106 km (60 mi) southeast of Calama and the Chuquicamata copper mine, overlooking the Licancabur volcano. It features a significant archeological museum, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, with a large collection of relics and artifacts from the region. Native ruins nearby now attract increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures.

Places of Interest:
Church of San Pedro de Atacama
Pukará de Quitor
Miscanti Lake


ART 493W - Space: Atacama - 4 credits


Gerald Habarth


Program Cost $ 3,950

WVU Course Credits
Roundtrip Airfare from Dulles
Some Meals
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

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