The School for Curatorial Studies Venice is an ambitious and challenging project promoted since 2004 and conceived as a school committed to experimentation and interdisciplinary thinking. The main goals are to spread knowledge in the field of visual arts and to introduce the students to the professions related to the art world, focusing on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology. The School’s activities are meant for all those interested and passionate of art, graduate students or professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practical skills. The staff is formed by Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience.

The Summer course in Curatorial Practice is an English-taught, intensive program on the history of contemporary visual arts and practices of exhibition-making, taking place during the 56th International Art Biennale of Venice curated by Okwui Enwezor. Through interdisciplinary lectures, the course provides practical training and experience within museums and exhibition settings. Its international faculty includes curators and museum professionals, artists and critics. The course is designed to increase the students understanding of the intellectual and technical tasks of the curator figure related to the set up of exhibitions and projects. The lectures cover both theoretical and practical topics that go from History of Exhibition to Exhibition Management.

The students participate in weekly activities such as artist studio visits, tours of exhibition spaces, networking events, and workshops with a variety of experts and practitioners. The program culminates with the set up of an exhibition or an art event and the publication of a printed catalogue.

The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the city of Venice during the 56th International Art Biennale. A series of selected case studies will offer the students an opportunity to observe the development of contemporary art. The School’s goal is to align these specific theoretical lectures with a practical approach. Besides the theoretical lectures, a series of laboratories and workshops aims to introduce the students to the work of critical text writing, press releases and to structure all the different aspects of publishing. The students will be offered the possibility of a gallery training and of setting up together - with one of our tutors, their own exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the course.

Duration and structure

The course has a duration of 450 hours. Lectures will be held from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and from 02.30pm to 05.30pm. Theoretical lectures will be held in the mornings. In the afternoon students will attend seminars, workshops, guided tours to museums and the Art Biennale, artist studios and exhibitions which animate the rich cultural life of Venice. The participants will develop themes as well as concepts, organization, acquisition, communication and the concrete implementation of their skills together with the course director and international guests (artists, curators, architects, critics, fine arts scientists and publishers of art journals). Starting date and duration:

Course schedule: 8th June – 8th August 2015 1 module: June 8 – August 8, 2015 2 module: August 19 – September 21, 2015 3 module: September 24 – 30, 2015 The first module:

The first module involves 350 contact hours:

  1. History of Curatorial Practices
  2. Exhibition Design
  3. Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
  4. Contemporary Art History
  5. Cultural Events Management and Organization
  6. Curating Exhibitions
  7. Fine Arts Management.
  8. Fundraising and Marketing / Workshop
  9. Communication Strategies and Artistic Events Promotion / Workshop
  10. New Media and Digital Technologies
  11. Workshop on Critical Writing
  12. Artist Studio Visits and Visits of the 56th International Art Biennale

The second module:

The second module is dedicated to researching and structuring the final project. The work will be discussed with the curators and project managers during several meetings hold once and twice a week. The weekly overhauls are moments of confrontation and examination of the theoretical and practical work produced by the students through autonomous research. During this period of time the students will have to face practical duties, such as coordinating the artists, managing transportation and insurance policies, promoting and curating the final publication.

The third module:

The last part of the course lies in the production of the event. During this period of time all the work concerning the final event will take place. The students will coordinate the arrival and the display of the works of art and supervise all the different aspects related to the event, such as promotion, organization, last details about the publication, opening. After the presentation to the public, the student will be given the tools to professionally document the event.

How to apply

The application for the Summer Curatorial Program is now open! The deadline has been set on March 31th, 2015. We would like to remind you that our program is designed for people with some experience in any of the following areas of contemporary art: curatorial studies, theory and philosophy of art, art history, art management and art production, visual arts, fine arts, arts and new media, architecture, interior architecture, photography, interior decoration, installation, design, theater, scenic design and music, as well as university graduates in the cultural studies field and literary studies. The program is also suitable for candidates who have acquired certain curatorial skills through practical experience.

To apply it is necessary to submit the application form together with a CV and a short resume explaining the reasons you are applying to the Course before the 31th of March 2015.

Program taught in:
  • English
This course is Campus based
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