Dakota College at Bottineau offering study abroad course in Ireland

Pictured are scenes from Ireland. Dakota College at Bottineau will offer a study abroad course in the country in the fall of 2018. Submitted photos

Dakota College at Bottineau’s photography program will be offering a study abroad course in Ireland in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the college.

The study abroad course, PHOT 496 – Outdoor Photography Study Abroad, will be the first study abroad program offered by the college in recent history. The photography department chair and lead instructor, Clint Saunders, started the program.

Saunders, who enjoys travel photography, feels this will be a great addition to the photography program stating, “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to not only learn outdoor photography, but also learn the ins and outs of traveling when doing outdoor photography.”

The entire course will span three weeks, beginning one week prior to leaving for Ireland. Students from all across North Dakota and even Wyoming will meet in a live, online classroom every weeknight for a two-hour course in outdoor photography. Here, students will learn the essentials in outdoor photography as well as safety while working in the outdoors and traveling abroad.

Following the one-week course, students will spend one week in scenic northwestern Ireland where they will take in photography seminars along with local history and culture seminars while photographing a variety of locations.

Pictured are scenes from Ireland. Dakota College at Bottineau will offer a study abroad course in the country in the fall of 2018. Submitted photos

Upon returning home, the on-campus students will have one more week to put together their final portfolios from the trip. On-campus students will also print, mat and frame various prints for an exhibit to take place on the Dakota College at Bottineau Campus.

Saunders is organizing the trip with the Institute of Study Abroad in Ireland. Saunders has previously worked with the company and is excited to bring the opportunity to photographers from North Dakota. “Northwest Ireland is absolutely stunning and the company we are using on the Ireland side is an excellent company, with an excellent reputation, and many years of experience in organizing educational trips for study abroad programs,” he said in a press release.

Saunders met with the leaders of the company while on a tour of Ireland two summers ago and asked them to design an educational tour targeted to photographers. “I told them that my needs were simple, I just wanted to be somewhere beautiful every morning at sunrise and every night at sunset, and other than that I was open to pretty much anything.”

The program will not be limited to photography majors, or even college students, but open to all photography buffs. Saunders has developed two course outlines for the program. The first outline is for the DCB Photography photo majors to complete the outdoor photography course requirement for the program. The second outline is for a community education class, which is not for credit and open to the public. Saunders felt that it was important to open the program to college students and non-college students. “Ireland is a beautiful place with amazing people, a rich history and culture, and breathtaking scenery. I want as many people as possible to be able to have this, once in a lifetime, experience.”

For more information on this program, contact Clint Saunders via email at clint.saunders@dakotacollege.edu or visit the website at www.dakotacollege.edu/ire