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Exploring London Through the World of Art and Chemistry

Through the exploration of art practices and the basic principles of chemistry, students will evaluate current and past practices in art and explore how art and science interface. Many topics will be presented, from sculpture and dyes to photography, textiles, stained glass, and paper-making. Students will appreciate how science plays a role in creating art and how art may inspire scientific discovery—all in the shadow of Buckingham Palace!




Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
Commitment Fee Deadline: February 19, 2021

Course Description

Field trips to museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, public parks, churches, and other venues to view art in London are integral to the course. Lectures explaining chemical concepts and the properties of materials, as well as hands-on art projects have also been integrated.

The course also focuses on experiencing the cultural aspects of British life and history. Students will be required to keep a journal of their daily experiences, discuss their observations in a group setting in London, and take pictures of culturally significant events. There will also be plenty of free time during the evenings and on weekends to explore the city and surrounding areas, to experience the wonderful cuisine, and to complete an art project focusing on London.

Program Information

Course: AFA 203 / CHE 103: Exploring London Through the World of Art and Chemistry

Liberal Learning: AFA 203: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts; Global. CHE 103: Natural Science With Lab; Global

Dates: Expected  May 23-June 14, 2021

Program Directors: Dr. Lynn Bradley, Professor of Chemistry, & Elizabeth Mackie, Professor of Art

Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: TBT.  Explore scholarship opportunities.



  • Guided walking tour of London
  • Tour of the Olympic Park, including a ride on the ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • Explore the Spitalfields Market area
  • Create hand-made paper at the historical Frogmore Paper Mill
  • Observe the London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery
  • Enjoy the Cass Sculpture Foundation
  • Overnight excursion to Bath to experience the classic Roman baths
  • Learn about the contributions of Henry Fox Talbot, the father of photography, at the Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, and Lacick Village


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Lynn Bradley at or Professor Elizabeth Mackie at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.