About the course
You love art, design, and architecture. You want to connect with people that move creative ideas forward right now. Experience Venice and the Venice Biennale together with like-minded students from all over the world. Here, you and your peers are immersed in the inspiring environment led by the renowned faculty and industry experts. Gain new skills to create greater impact with your work immediately.
Start any Monday, stay for any number of weeks:
- Join for 1 week to focus on a particular topic;
- Join for 2 weeks to cover wider field of subjects;
- Join for 3 weeks for in-depth all-round experience and extra opportunities.
CONTEMPORARY ART: ART BREAK IN ITALY
March 5 - 10
Enhance knowledge and advance your career in Art, Design and other creative industries. Morning classes take place in historic palazzos located in the center of Venice. You spend afternoons visiting galleries and artist studios.
Subjects: European Art History: 1850–1950; European Art movements: 1950s until today; Art as Identity, Venice, Europe; Cultural Institutions today; Art writing/criticism; Curatorial practices; Exhibition creation and development; Art market. Future of the artworks after the exhibition.
Visits: Peggy Guggenheim museum; Fondazione Prada; Meeting artists at the residency; Visits to exhibition set up at Palazzo Mora; Boat tour to Murano to visit the glass studio.
Academics, researchers and other experts from the art world present different perspectives and critical contemporary issues that confront professionals today. In addition, we visit relevant exhibitions and cultural institutions in Venice, Biennale included.
Subjects: Contemporary curatorial practices; Curatorial history of Venice Art Biennale; Organisation of a large-scale exhibition, curatorial practices; Art and Money. Budget and finance: from idea to reality; Art market. Future of the artworks after the exhibition.
Visits: Peggy Guggenheim museum; a Guided visit to Venice Biennale; Tour by the curator of Venice Design exhibition; Fondazione Prada; Meeting artists at the residency.
May 22-27 | June 18-23 | July 16-21 | August 13-18 | November 12-17
This week will get to grips with the Venice Biennale. Large in scale and, for that reason, often times intimidating, tours and reflections by experts and practitioners will allow us to take the time to really see and understand the Biennale: its history, contemporary position on the world stage, it's unique model of exhibiting, and why it's considered to be so important.
Subjects: A history of the Biennale; Case study: Organising national pavilion and collateral event; PR & Communication for exhibitions; Personal experience: meeting with a curator.
Visits: Multiple guided visits to National Participations; Central Pavilion and pre-selected collateral events are the key part of the course.
DESIGN: THE WORLD AROUND US
June 25-30 | July 23-28 | August 20-25
This week will focus on understanding the role of design in relation to the built environment. In order to do this, it 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.
Subjects: Contemporary curatorial practices; Design and Publishing; Design of the human; The craft of glass; The world of copies; Infrastructure and design; Design and Technology.
Visits: The Olivetti Showroom; Fondaco dei Tedeschi; Querini Stampalia; Tour by the curator of Venice Design show; Boat tour to Murano to visit the glass studio.
Who can apply?
Our participants come from all backgrounds and the course is open for anyone with an interest in Arts, Design, and Culture. Students are awarded a certificate upon successful completion.
N.B. ECA is a non-credit, non-degree professional program. University students will only get credits if their university has a partnership with ECA.
How to apply?
We hold an introduction interview will all the applicants. Only 20 people per group will be accepted.
Booking details and fees
- Application deadline: 10 days before the start date. Groups fill up quickly, the sooner you apply, the better.
- Tuition: €950/ 1 week, €1900/ 2 weeks, €2850/ 3 weeks
- Housing: available at extra cost
- Location: Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Rossini, Biennale premises
Classes start at 9.30 and finish at 17.00. Morning classes take place in historic palazzos located in the center of Venice. Each program includes workshops with curators, artists or architects. You spend afternoons visiting museums, residences and the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious art and architecture event in the world.
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Last updated February 13, 2018