Come join us on a photographic adventure to Greece.
In association with Sacred Heart University, Vision Project is pleased to
announce a study abroad workshop in photography. You do not need to be
a student at Sacred Heart University in order to participate in the program.

June 29, 2017 – July 13, 2017



Come join us on a photographic adventure to Greece. Surrounded by ancient antiquity and the beautiful colors of the Aegean, we will set out to document a land where many say Western civilization began. This opportunity will enable students to explore the culture, place and people using digital photography as our medium of expression. The course is designed to help students develop the skills, discipline and insights necessary to create documentary productions. At the same time, we will submerse ourselves in Greece’s the past and present culture. We could not create a better situation for the student to begin to understand the workings of a real documentary assignment.

The program will be run in a way similar to that of any major professional news organizations working on an assignment. Focus is placed on making strong visual images and developing photo essays. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘process’ of creating documentary work. This will encompass everything from preparation, gathering information, equipment, shooting the pictures, the importance of editing and learning to think on your feet. There will be daily assignments, in addition to individual projects determined by the student. At the end of every day there will be a critique & discussion about the day’s work. As a class, the collective goal will be to create a comprehensive portrait of areas we visited.




Our itinerary will include: Athens, the center of Greek culture, Delphi, the site of ancient ruins and the magic of the oracle, Crete to see the ruins of Knossos and the center of the Minoan Civilization, Santorini, and the UNESCO's World Heritage Site at Meteora, where we will visit ageless Monasteries, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air.

While the student is immersed in a new environment, he or she will first determine what and where their focus of interest lies. They will then seek out and follow the story, shooting & editing the experience into a cohesive whole. Our ultimate goal will be to create photographs that affect others? As individuals, photography can give us a strong and important voice. It can serve as a means in which we generate awareness and chronicle our history.



Daily Routine


Students must shoot digitally. Students will be required to bring all of their own camera equipment & a laptop with the appropriate software.


Morning Meeting/ Breakfast
              -    talk over the day’s goals
              -    prepare for the day’s assignment
                         -    make sure all logistics, equipment, and travel details are clear

Morning into early afternoon
              -    shooting of the day’s assignment

Late afternoon
              -    back to base
              -    moving the day’s images into computers
                         -    downloading, filing & creating digital presentation for evening critique
              -    those individuals who have an afternoon shoot stay in the field
              -    those individuals who have an evening shoot prepare to go back out into the field

              -    critique & evaluations of days work
              -    creation of work station Story-Board on main computer
                         -    digital files transfer to main computer—
                         -    set up in a linear manner (the story-board stays up the entire length of our stay) to show development of the documentary.
              -    go over the details of the next day’s shoot.


We will refer to this story-board daily to help us see, build, edit and complete the project. The panel will serve to show us where our story gaps lie; what needs to be re-shot or rethought; give us new ideas & direction as to where we need to go and what we need to explore. It allows us to see and evaluate our story line and determine how we need to focus.




Day 1
NY to Athens arrive morning in Athens
Day 2 - Athens
Orientation & Webster Campus
Day 3
Athens - Acropolis & Museum
Days 4
Leave Athens Drive toward Delphi. We stop at Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo, in Boeotia. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. After visiting Hosios Loukas travel to Delphi, the center of the Ancient World. On the slopes of the Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. You will visit the archaeological site - Apollo’s sanctuary with the famous Oracle. Here the museum is rich in examples of Greek art including the masterpiece – the Charioteer. Overnight Delphi.
Day 5
Day in Delphi & a visit to the picturesque village of Arachova on Mount Parnassos.
Back to Delphi & visit to the Temple of Athena. Overnight Delphi.

Day 6
Depart Delphi for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing gigantic rocks of Meteora. Metera is a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. We will visit ageless Monasteries, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Overnight Meteora.
Day 7
Tour the landscape of Meteora & visit the other Byzantine sites. Overnight Meteora.
Day 8
Morning in Meteora. Drive back to Athens & board an evening boat to Crete. Overnight on the boat.

Day 9
Arrive in Chania at 6:00am. Day photographing the beautiful port area and the Agora. Overnight Chania.

Day 10
Leave Chania tour along the coast to the small port town of Rethimos. Lunch & photograph the fishing town then drive on to Heraklion. Overnight in Heraklion.
Day 11
Visit the Palace of Knossos. It is the largest of the ancient Minoan palaces and the oldest palace to be excavated in Europe. Once the palace of King Minos, Knossos represents an advanced culture dating back over 4,000 years. Overnight in Heraklion.
Day 12
Heraklion to Santorini (Breakfast) Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the port forembarkation to the fast ferry departing for Santorini . Arrival after 2 hours approx. and transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 13
Day in Santorini Students will produce a visual documentary of the town. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 14
Santorini to Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 15
Athens & transfer to flight to NY.



U.S. citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

In summary, the following is included in your program fees:
Tuition (Undergrad): $1800
Program fee: $3260
Registration fee: $115

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: February 14, 2017 - Last day to apply

*Note: Students are responsible for additional costs associated with international airfare to Greece.




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