A brief description of the school
The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation is a U.S. not-for- profit public charity that has a cultural and educational mission here in the Dominican Republic. The school is on a university level and offers an associate degree, with many students continuing on to Parsons School of Design (now called The Parsons New School For Design) in NY. Founded in 1983 to meet the growing commercial demands of the Dominican Republic, the School of Design offers an intensive two-year program leading to the degree of Associate in Applied Science.
The curriculum is about art and design, and it is design that is the starter motor for commerce and industry here in the rapidly developing economy of the DR. Three majors are offered: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Fine Arts/Illustration. In addition, The School has developed a state-of-the-art Certificate Program in Digital Design.
My tour of the schoolThe entrance to the school is hidden away in between the back end of where Sangria used to be and the old Genesis/Onno’s Night Club – you walk through a gateway and find yourself in some gardens. As Raul led me through the gardens I was surprised that the school is located so centrally in Altos de Chavon and yet on my numerous visits I had never even noticed it.
The 1st year students figure drawing art classroom, with their self-portraits on the wall
In a bid to offer education to all of the most talented artists on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, regardless of their educational or financial background the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation provides sponsorship support to more than 60% of the students to cover their expenses of tuition, lodging, materials, and food while living and studying in Chavón. If you are interested in sponsoring a student or making a donation to the school, please call the school office at 809-523-8011.
To read more about the Altos de Chavon School of Design, visit their website: www.altosdechavon.comTo see more photos and read more about the Altos de Chavon School of Design’s activities, events and news which we have covered in Casa de Campo Living, please click on the links below: Chavón International Summer 2010: Intensive art and design courses The Altos de Chavon School of Design end of year exhibit Pupils of the Altos de Chavon Design school sail to Isla Catalina! Presentan exitosamente desfile Chavaneros ESTILO 2010/VERSUS The Fine Art students of the Altos de Chavon Design School give Papa Jacks a new look! A toast to the Altos de Chavon Design School 25th Annual Altos de Chavon Design School Fashion Show