What is the Program Experience Like?

The Artist Immersion Program experience is positive and friendly as our community of participants and instructors exchange ideas and support learning. Our participants, teachers and program leaders are enthusiastic and passionate about the world. Every program varies and is designed to help you be inspired by and develop your creative/cultural understanding and imagination. Participants will spend time making art by hand, participate in lectures, conversations, and critiques- to understand the site and culture in a deep and meaningful way. We work with the most interesting teachers and professional artists/designers and experts from around the world. We believe international learning, and conceptual skill-based learning at a high level should be available to all. 


We have designated time to make, enjoy planned meals, and to reflect and observe. Every Artist Immersion Program is different and is designed to help you uncover the culture and type of work on which you are focused. By making art/design while traveling, we believe you can translate your experience and explore a place in a deeply meaningful way. We travel to understand and grow with the world.


On two-week trips, you have free days to explore cities and destinations independently, or with new friends. We help you plan your trip, with packing notes, travel tips and preparing your supplies for making. AIP programs are designed to include open and unstructured time. We believe that open and relaxed time is how you can experience the whole world as a learning environment. We believe in the individual experience, in listening and responding to the world. This requires quiet time to think and respond. We hope participants are able to listen to themselves, and draw, write, paint, and make from a place within themselves. If you prefer a trip to be structured at every moment and are not open to adventure and spontaneity, and if you are looking for a highly structured trip, AIP may not be the right fit for you.

What type of Instruction is offered in a course?

All our teachers approach learning in different ways. The goal of our courses is to immerse attendees in the subject of their creative focus, with hands on making, different ways of thinking, and various exercises and conversations that encourage the group and individual to reach greater understanding and output. Each teacher employs methods best suited to the site and subject. Some are more structured, with demonstrations and exercises, others lead groups more informally guiding students through processes.

How many classes can I take on a program? 

Per program you can take one class. This allows you to focus on one topic. Through creative presentations and interaction with other courses, we encourage participants to engage with and learn from other courses, and cross over whenever possible. Students, with the instructors permission, may sit in on another class, meet with other instructors and present work in other classes. This builds dialogue and encourages students to ask questions and learn outside the classroom space. 

How does credit work 

AIP courses are rigorous and absolutely worth university credit. Teachers are faculty members at notable universities around the US / Globe, or local masters/ professionals on location on each site. Most students receive credit through speaking to there home college office, or study abroad office to get independent study approval in the semester they attend an AIP program, or in the following semester. This gives the student the opportunity to share their transformative experience with the community at large- through an exhibition, presentation, conversation, website, book- fashion show, in whatever format they choose. 


AIP does not issue transfer credits at this time, and see’s this as an opportunity for students to approach learning proactively, taking ownership of there experience and education. We will help you through this process. Each school has different rules and processes. 

Who attends AIP programs?

All types of people participate in our programs. People from a range of age groups have participated in our courses. From university students to professionals, and those new to the field. People sign up from around the world. Diverse groups of people make learning dynamic, with multiple perspectives drawing insight and inspiration from many places. Spending time with interesting people, making new friends, experiencing the world, and learning together, provide a unique support system for all participants. Note: All participants must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a guardian.

We are unable to share info about other participants before the trip, for privacy reasons. Most travelers are curious friendly and have a sense of adventure and love learning. 

What is included in a program fee?

Each AIP program is a bit different depending on the location. We make every effort to include all costs in your fees, so there are no large expenses once on the trip. This allows you to focus on your experience, without worrying about details, etc. We collect fees in US dollars. Flights are not included as participants arrive to locations and sites from various places around the world. All participants are enrolled in CISI international health insurance plans. You will be sent your health insurance care before the start date of the trip. 

Travel Visa’s

You are responsible for obtaining your own visa, and we can share resources with you. This process depends on your country requirements, your destination and other requirements. 


Food is important to us! We believe in eating the best food possible while traveling. This is a way we can understand the culture and place on a deeper level. We offer all meals except on independent travel days, allowing you to discover new places and tastes in cities we visit. The quality of food is an important selection criteria for each hotel, chateau and villa used for an AIP program. We have catered to gluten free participants, and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of diet, health and safety. We accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other dietary restrictions. In locations where we eat out, participants can check out the menus to see what items are best for them. 

Where we stay

We select the most inspiring places for our program sites, from a palace or chateau, to a villa or cool hotel. Each location is different and depends on the type of trip. In most cases, rooms are shared. Sometimes private rooms are available for participants. Sharing rooms is in the spirit of community and dialogue. If single rooms are available, you can pay an extra fee specific to your location. In some cases, you can bring your family with you on the trip. If you are under the age of 18, you need a guardian to accompany you. 

Airport Transfers

For most programs we offer airport transfers and transportation for the group to the site. When staying in cities we give instructions for a cab or individual arrangements to get to the site. When we collect your flight information we can link you to other travelers so you can share a ride. If our location is more remote, we always arrange transportation for the group. If your do not arrive in time for our group departure, you are responsible for getting to the site on your own. The app ‘Rome To Rio’ is our favorite for looking at international transportation options.

How to register:

1) Apply to the program. It may take a couple days, but you will receive notification of being accepted.

2) Fill out your registration and pay. 

You will be sent more details on what to do next. When and how to book your flight, packing lists, pre trip to-do’s and other information about supplies etc. 

Cancellation Policy

Please note that some trips are non-refundable under any circumstance and this is listed on the program page. Please make sure you can make it before paying and signing up for the trip. We often times have to pay in advance for a trip to suppliers etc. 

Any time a cancellation takes place, a $250 fee will be incurred per person. Trips are non-refundable inside 90 days of a program. Note: If we are able to get another participant to take your place, you will be refunded, minus $250. 


All participant cancellations must be made in writing. They are effective once received. 


Artist Immersion Program reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time for any reason, including too few participants or if the safety or quality of the trip is compromised in any way which AIP deems unsafe. In such cases, a refund of payment received by AIP will constitute final and full settlement. Artist Immersion Program is not responsible for any expenses or loss including non-refundable or non-transferable items including travel tickets, airline expenses, taxes or other fees. For this reason, travel insurance is highly recommended. If an AIP course does not fill, you will be placed into another course being offered. If multiple courses are not filled courses may be combined into a multi disciplined course. 

A Few things about Artist Immersion Program and Fine Print

The terms “AIP,” “we” and “our” refer to Artist Immersion Program, a United States of America organization, which offers and operates all the trips listed herein. All trips are offered subject to AIP’s standard terms and conditions. Please review the terms and conditions carefully prior to completing your reservation. Some of these terms and conditions are set out below to draw your attention to the fact that our obligations to you are limited. 

Once the trip begins, we will do everything possible to ensure your enjoyment, and we rely on you to tell us if something is not working. We look forward to a successful partnership together, and we hope that you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Traveler Responsibility

All travelers assume the responsibility to select or design the trip most appropriate to their physical abilities and interests. Travelers are responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake their trip; for obtaining the appropriate medical and cancellation insurance; for studying all pre-departure information; and for acting in a manner considerate of fellow travelers and the countries visited. Travelers assume full responsibility for all risks, including but not limited to any loss, injury, death or damage to them, their family or their dependents arising in connection with their participation, or the participation of their family, in the trips, and for ensuring that they have adequate insurance coverage to cover any loss.

Participants agree they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless for any claims arising with the connection to third parties arriving from the misconduct of travelers, family members or associates.


Travelers further agree that they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless in respect of any claims arising in connection with the trip made by: i) third parties, which arise from the misconduct of the travelers; ii) the traveler’s family members, dependents or heirs, iii) third parties, which the traveler, their estate, their family members, dependents or heirs have sued, if damages are recovered from such third parties, to the extent the third party obtains any indemnification from AIP; except where the loss, injury, death or damage is caused by the reckless or fraudulent conduct on the part of AIP, or their employees, guides, shareholders, officers or directors.

AIP reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health or actions in AIP’s sole judgment impede the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers.

Travel Risk

Any form of travel contains inherent risks and medical facilities and services may not be easily accessible and may not be sophisticated. There are other risks associated with the trips, such as theft or loss of or damage to property. Some of the services provided in connection with the trip, including lodging, transportation, food service, and local tours and activities, are obtained from independent suppliers over whom AIP has no control. We have no control over the design of steps and the architecture of cities in which we visit. We recommend being prepared and aware of your body and belongings in space at all times, as you are responsible for your physical person and affects. 


Although AIP endeavors to choose appropriate independent suppliers to provide services on the trips, AIP has no right to control their operations and therefore makes travel arrangements for the trips on the condition that AIP will not be liable for any act or omission of any independent supplier or any unrelated third party. The services provided by independent suppliers are subject to the laws of the place where the services are provided, and any conditions imposed by those suppliers. The liability of the independent suppliers may be limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, tickets and vouchers, and international conventions and agreements.


Travelers further agree that they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless in respect of any claims arising in connection with the trip made by: i) third parties, which arise from the misconduct of the travelers; ii) the traveler’s family members, dependents or heirs, iii) third parties, which the traveler, their estate, their family members, dependents or heirs have sued, if damages are recovered from such third parties, to the extent the third party obtains any indemnification from AIP; except where the loss, injury, death or damage is caused by the reckless or fraudulent conduct on the part of AIP, or their employees, guides, shareholders, officers or directors.

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