Past Program

Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts

This travel course to Mexico is designed to introduce students to the history and the arts of the country from pre-Columbian time to the contemporary arts context.


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Mexico City, Mexico
Winter 2019

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2019 — Feb 2, 2019
Travel Dates: Jan 7, 2019 — Feb 2, 2019

Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Academic Credits
  • History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
  • History of Art & Visual Culture
Course Numbers
  • HPSS-W235
  • HAVC-W135

Includes airfare, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Credit: WS19 Mexico Malaika Franks ID 20
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019
Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico

Full Course Description

The travel will include over a week in Mexico City where we will explore both the Museum of Anthropology, known for its extensive collection of pre- and post Columbian art and its overview of contemporary indigenous regional crafts. We will have the opportunity to visit Bellas Artes, the city's largest art museum that includes colonial and post colonial works, and featuring sample murals from the most renown muralists. Several other visits will highlight architectural sites of interest such as the Chapingo Chapel (Rivera), Frida Kahlo's house, and the Aztec site of Teotihuacan. We will then spend three days in Puebla, famous for its architectural ceramics work; Oaxaca, famous for its surrounding textile villages, its Zapotec archaeological site of Monte Alban, and a bustling center of contemporary art. Tehuantepec is next, also known for its textile production and its important market places, and a gateway to the Pacific coast.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for HAVC-W135 and HPSS-W235. Students will receive 6 liberal arts credits.

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