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You love art, design and architecture. You want to connect with people that move creative ideas forward right now. Become an insider at one of the most prestigious art and architecture event in the world and have a summer to remember.
Venice, Italy
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Study Abroad
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Program Overview

Program Description:

Enrich your perspective on current trends in Architecture, Design and Venice Biennale. We advocate for honest and constructive approach to education that makes you more confident and understanding whether it is a leisurely exhibition visit or an important business meeting. The classes are highly practical and are aimed to give you exclusive insights and teach you practical skills in a short period of time.

Choose any time from March till November.

Three different week-long courses.  Each week has a specific focus and can be booked single.

Week 1. Contemporary Architecture

You will explore the relationship between people and building; the question of contemporary preservation; architecture and public space; and the methods and means of communicating buildings. You will attend a hands-on workshop in the city and visit five world-renowned projects: Punta della Dogana, Cimitero di San Michele, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Fondazione Querini Stampalia and Housing on Calle Michelangelo, Giudecca.  You will meet international faculty and have opportunity to network with the best minds in the industry in the centre of beautiful Venice. 

Week 2. Venice Biennale

A great opportunity to update yourself on the most current trends in Architecture and Design. You will meet curators, participants and organizers and learn about Biennale's history, contemporary position on the world stage, it's unique model of exhibiting, and why it’s considered to be so important. You will feel as an insider at the most prestigeous art and architecture event in the world. 

Week 3. Design: The World Around Us

You will examine design as a broad topic: design as field impacts all of us – at every moment of the day and across multiple scales. By exploring its relationship to architecture and urbanism, we will aim to reveal its enduring relevance. The week includes visits to Fondazione Querini Stampalia , Olivetti Showroom, Ottica Urbani and La Partigiana as well as trips to Murano glass workshops. 

Morning classes take place in historic palazzos located in the centre of Venice. You spend afternoons visiting museums, design studios and the Venice Biennale.

Extra: You will have just enough time beyond the classroom to immerse yourself in creative and cultural activities or relax at famous Lido beach. For anybody who wishes to explore Italy, Florence, Siena and Milan are within proximity. Program is open to participants from all backgrounds and ages. 

Program curator: The program is created by James Taylor-Foster, contemporary curator at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. Formerly the European editor-at-large at ArchDaily, the world’s largest online platform for architecture and urbanism, he has also practised architecture in the UK and The Netherlands. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia.

950 EUR. For 2017 the tuition fee for one week is EUR 950 (USD 980). The fee covers the classes, course materials, visa support, access to archives and library, all passes to cultural institutions. If wished for, we can organise a nice single/double accommodation for EUR 500 per 7 nights or recommend suitable options. Although limited, partial scholarships are available.

Additional Program Information

This is an open-enrollment non-degree study program for students of all ages and levels with an interest in Art and Architecture. We mostly work with Faculty-led groups and are always open to discuss new collaborations. Groups can start any given Monday commencing on 17 April 2017. No application fee is required.
Scholarships Description:
Although limited, partial scholarships are available.

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