Venice, Italy

17th Architecture Venice Biennale

when 8 June 2021 - 1 September 2021
language English
duration 13 weeks
credits 20 EC
fee EUR 4500

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 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 leader

The School’s teaching staff is formed by Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience. Among them: Matt Williams (curator), Filippo Lotti (Sotheby’s), Chiara Barbieri (Peggy Guggenheim Collection)

Target group

The course is particularly tailored for those who are interested in joining professions that valorize cultural and artistic assets, as for those who would like to find stimulating and innovative professional outlets that engage with art and contemporary culture.
The School’s activities are intended for all those interested in and passionate about art, graduate students or professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practi- cal skills.
We would like to remind you that our program is designed for people with a study background 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 to- gether with a CV and a short resume explaining the reasons you are applying to the Course.

Course aim

The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the 17th International Architecture Biennale 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.
The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the city of Venice during the 17th International Architecture Venice 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.

Credits info

20 EC
How to apply: Application deadline: March 1st 2020
The application form must be sent by e- mail before the dead line (March 1st 2020) to the team of the School:
School for Curatorial Studies Venice San Marco 3073, 30124 Venice
Tel: +39 0412770466

The application form can be downloaded at, where you can find more information about our curatorial program and your stay in Venice.
The Summer school has a limited number of places available. Information:

Fee info

EUR 4500: The course has a duration of 450 hours. 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 (ar- tists, curators, architects, critics, fine arts scientists and publi- shers of art journals).
The course is divided in three modules, held by different pro- fessional figures.
Before the actual start of the Summer program in Venice, the School will organize a series of online lectures introducing some of the keys subjects which we will be taking in consideration and discuss during the curatorial program and related to the final show.
During these two hours meeting online we will also provide you specific text and readings you should be doing by your own before joining the program in Venice.
The lectures online will begin 4 weeks before your arrival in Venice.
EUR 4500: The total amount of the fee is 4500,00€
To formalize your enrolment upon acceptance, you will be asked to make an initial registration payment of 1500€ by April 1st, 2021.

The fees are payable in full at time of the registration. The fees can also be paid in installments.
Initial registration fee of 1500,00€ (paid upon acceptance). The deadline to pay the remaining amount (3000€) in full pay- ments is: June 5th, 2021.
Accommodation and living expenses are not provided by our school. But we give you a support in finding apartments and rooms in Venice.

Visa or other travel documents necessary for Italy should be worked out in time by the student. The school is providing invi- tation letter which are helpful to get the visa.
At the end of the course the student receives a Certificate of advanced studies in curatorial practices.


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