Concordia University

Fine Arts in Colombia

Manizales - Fine Arts in Colombia Photo taken by Timothy Chapman

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, an associate professor in Music in the Faculty of Fine Arts, will offer students from a variety of fine arts backgrounds an opportunity to work on self-proposed research-creation projects and experience the city of Manizales, Colombia this June 2019.  Students will take advantage of Manizales and seek inspiration from its surroundings, history, contemporary life, people, and places for their individual projects.  While you will be immersed in Colombia’s cultures, stories, architecture, intensity, speed, and beauty, you will also attend research-creation workshops and cultural activities mostly at the internationally known University of Caldas.  As well, students will also attend and present at the widely recognized International Image Festival.  A leading event since 1997, the International Image Festival has showcased the work of 2,177 artists throughout its 17 editions, reaching an audience of 90,400 people.  

The 2019 edition of the Festival will celebrate the Canada-Colombia year, nurturing artistic and academic exchanges as well as research-creation collaboration between Canadians, Colombians and people from around the world.

While workshops before the Festival will be offered in English, the Festival's general program of activities often mixes lectures, forums and keynotes presentations in Spanish and English.  Students will be able to choose some of the presentations - in agreement with the professor - based on their research/artistic interests and their language skills.

“[Participating in the program] deepened my relationships to my professor and fellow students, as well as gave me an opportunity for real professional development by presenting at the festival.”  - Danielle Savage, past program participant.

"By spending so much time together over 10 days and collaborating on various projects, [our group was] able to build lasting artistic bonds and friendships that continued past the trip itself.”  - Timothy Chapman, past program participant.

Program Dates

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (arrival date) to Sunday, June 16, 2019 (departure date)

Program course

  • MUSI 398 (3 credits):  Fine Arts Field School in Colombia.  Please note that graduate students are eligible to apply; a special code for graduate students will be assigned.

Estimated costs and bursary

Concordia will charge program participants for 3 credits of undergraduate tuition and a program fee of $1,500 CAD.  The program fee includes double rooms in a hotel and breakfast, some local transportation, access to the festival (compliments of the University of Caldas) and lectures.

Students are responsible for paying for and selecting their own transportation to/from Manizales, Colombia; mandatory health and travel insurance;  meals othern than breakfasts; any travel documents you may need (i.e. passports and maybe visas); local transportation to some events by taxi and spending money.

To offset costs, Concordia offers a bursary of $800 CAD to students who qualify.  To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program while participating in the program.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits towards their degree; these must be credits earned from the current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.
  • Please note that the abovementioned bursary cannot be combined with any other mobility scholarship, mobility bursary or mobility award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a Concordia degree program
  • Have completed 24 credits (undergraduate students) or 9 credits (graduate students) by the time you go abroad
  • Have a minimum 2.7 GPA (undergraduate students) or 3.0 GPA (graduate students)
  • Submit a complete application, including
    • Complete application form
    • 1 academic reference
    • 1 page personal statement where ½ the page describes your personal interest for participating in the program and the other ½ addresses your expectations from the program (upload this under Personal Statement / Statement of Intent in the Relevant Documents to be Uploaded section of the application form).
    • 1 page proposal describing the project you would like to undertake while on the program

Host Institution

While students will not be staying at the University of Caldas, they will be helping in the overall delivery of the program and you will attend workshops and lectures by professors of its Design and Media Art Department. 


Students will stay in double rooms of a local hotel suggested by the University of Caldas.

How to apply

  • Attend an Information Session at Concordia International (2080 Mackay, Annex X):

               May 7th 2019 10:30AM-11:30AM

  • Submit a complete Concordia Field School Abroad Application online by the deadline.  Be sure to upload your personal statement and project proposal as one document/attachment where indicated (upload this under Personal Statement / Statement of Intent in the Relevant Documents to be Uploaded section of the application form).
  • Arrange to have one Academic Reference sent to Concordia International (instructions are on  the form) by the deadline
  • Submit a Concordia Field School Abroad Bursary Application by the application deadline.
  • Application deadline: May 10 2019

Attend a mandatory pre-departure session

Time and date of pre-departure session to be determined.

Please note

  • Admissions decisions will be communicated shortly after the deadline.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to make a non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts (deadline to be determined in admission letter). Please be aware, however, that any deposit you make will first be applied to any outstanding balances you owe to Concordia.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to attend a mandatory pre-departure information session (time and date to be determined) at the Concordia International office (Annex X, 2080 Mackay).
  • Graduate students and students from other universities must first register as “Independent Undergraduates” to be able to register for these courses. If admitted to the program, you will be prompted to complete this step after you have received your admission letter.
  • You are responsible for applying and paying for any visas you might need for Colombia.
  • All information on this website is subject to change without notice.
  • The program is subject to a minimum enrollment of 12 students to take place; can accommodate a total of 16 students and can be cancelled at any time and for any reason.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra (only about content and academic activities during the program)


Christine Archer, Manager, Education Abroad Programs, Concordia International 

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