London Arts & Literature

December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019
This is past program: To apply for a new CCSA program please visit our course search or use the main menu above.

Museums. Galleries. Concert Halls. Film Studios. Cultural Centers. Explore the variety and abundance of arts and activities. Imagine what twelve days can offer! On the CCSA London Arts & Literature Program, you will have the opportunity to experience all London has to offer. From your home base in a four-star central London hotel, explore London’s vibrant arts scene and make an excursion beyond the capital city to one of the other jewels in England’s cultural crown.

Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury, Canterbury & Dover or Stratford & Warwick.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Michael Hatton

Program Director

Michael Hatton Mr. Hatton is the Assistant Chair along with serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University, teaching courses in theatre history, race and gender through dramatic literature and dramatic theory and criticism. Mr. Hatton is the resident production stage manager for the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association and their signature musical, A Pioneer Tale. Mr. Hatton has also worked with several local companies including the Acclaim Awards as a panelist, the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Overture Awards, Showstoppers/Belterra Casino, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Professional Concepts and is the resident Production Manager for The Performance Gallery. Mr. Hatton is on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Cappies and is the NKU coordinator for the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Uptown Arts internship program.

Group or Individual Travel Allowed

Option One - Group Travel

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.

Option Two - Individual Travel

If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).

Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.

* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
September 28, 2018
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Comparative Literature / English Language and Literature

London Gothic: From White Witches to Madwomen in the Attic
Course Description: From witches and ghosts to the mentally ill, this course will explore Gothic novels and short stories on location in London! We’ll begin by reading works from the British Gothic tradition to help us define the genre, and investigate what makes a novel “Gothic.” Then we’ll read the contemporary British novels Her Fearful Symmetry and White is for Witching, while using London as our classroom. We’ll visit Victorian spiritualist homes, explore Highgate Cemetery, and tour Gothic museums and places that inspired the works we’re reading. Our ultimate aim will be to consider whether contemporary novels fit within Britain’s Gothic tradition.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college’s basic writing / composition or introduction to literature requirement.
WKU Course: ENGL 290
Professor Sarah Blackwell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

Education / English Language and Literature

Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature
Course Description: Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3 / 4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
WKU Course: EDU 400
Dr. Eileen Shanahan | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR

English Language and Literature / Film and Media Studies / Pop Culture

Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen
Course Description: You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the process of turning novels into films and the place of the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture. In our course, we will discuss the film adaptations of Harry Potter while experiencing the places that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies. We will visit Harry Potter sites in London and Oxford, visit the London Zoo, and tour the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London Studios. Muggles and wizards welcome! Available for credit as a lower division or upper division course.
Prerequisite: For Upper Division credit, students must have completed the minimum composition requirements at his / her home institution. Students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins. There are no prerequisites for Lower Division credit.
WKU Course: POP 399 / ENGL 290
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Film and Media Studies / Communication / Creative Writing / Pop Culture

Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London via Multimedia Storytelling
Course Description: Traverse the world in one setting by exploring art and culture in London. From the historic paintings and photographs of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour, we will consider how media producers throughout history have documented their cultural interactions. By examining and using photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries, we will learn to record our own travel experiences for both private growth and public consumption. This travel writing class challenges students to critically investigate culture and find the best tools to communicate their inward and outward experiences beyond selfies.
Prerequisite: An introductory writing course such as media writing, technical writing or creative writing.
WKU Course: COMM 410
Dr. Marcie Hinton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Language and Literature

Status: Unavailable
Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital
Course Description: With an influx of immigrants from former British colonies, London has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In this course, we will explore London through literature of England and its former colonies. As we read these works, we will experience multicultural London firsthand, connecting the literature we are reading to the geographic locations and the cultural communities within London it represents. Along the way, we’ll take a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and take a portkey to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Prerequisite: First-year composition requirements. If students wish to register for the upper-level option, they must have completed at least one lower-level literature course.
WKU Course: ENGL 290 / 339
Dr. Jane Wessel | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
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