Italy, Venice

Curatorial Studies

when 7 June 2016 - 30 September 2016
language English
duration 17 weeks
fee EUR 4200

The School for Curatorial Studies 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 the 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 teaching staff is formed by Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience.

Course leader

The School’s teaching staff is formed by Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience. Among them: Agnes Kohlmeyer (curator), Angela Vettese (art critic), Luca Massimo Barbero (Peggy Guggenheim Col

Target group

The School’s activities are meant for all those interested and passionate in art, graduated students or professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practical skills

Course aim

The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the International Art Biennale of Venice. With an interdisciplinary approach, 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 students understanding of the intellectual and technical tasks of the curator figure. English-taught lectures cover both theoretical and practical topics that go from the history of contemporary visual arts and practices of exhibition-making, to Exhibition Management. The students will participate in weekly activities, such as artist studio visits, tours of exhibition spaces, networking events and workshops. The program culminates with the set up of the exhibition and the publication of a printed catalogue.
The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the city of Venice during the International Architecture 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 exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the course.

Fee info

EUR 4200: Application deadline: March, 31th 2016.
The application form must be sent by e-mail before the deadline (March 31th 2016) of the Curatorial Program to:
Xac – School for Curatorial Studies
San Marco, 3073, 30124 Venice
Tel: +39 3477122456
The application form can be downloaded at, where you can find more information about our curatorial program and your stay in Venice.

Press office:
EUR 4200: The fee and the modality of payments:
Once your application is accepted, you will receive information regarding methods of payment.
The total amount of the fee is 4200,00€
To formalize your enrolment upon acceptance, you will be asked to make an initial registration payment of 1400€ by April 15th, 2016.
The fees are payable in full at time of the registration. The fees can also be paid in installments.

• Initial registration fee of 1300,00€ (paid upon acceptance).
• 2 monthly payments of 1300,00€
• The deadline to pay the remaining amount (2600€) in full or monthly payments is:
• First monthly payment: June 30th, 2016
• Second monthly payment: August 5th, 2016
• Accommodation and living expenses are not provided by our school. But we give you a support in finding apartments and rooms in Venice.