Venice Biennale/Summer Program

SACI’s Venice Biennale/Summer Program

Spend a month studying abroad in Venice in this unique six-credit program that lets you to take part in one of the world’s most famous and prestigious contemporary art events—the Venice Biennale.

Experience Summer and the Arts in Venice

Venice is a city renowned for both its traditional art treasures and its celebration of innovative contemporary art. Each summer term we offer a special four-week program that enables you to visit the city’s great museums and contemporary art exhibitions while learning the fundamentals of digital photography. Every other year, it’s also an unforgettable opportunity to experience the Venice Art Biennale.

Participants in SACI’s Venice Biennale/Summer program earn three studio art credits in Digital Photography and three art history credits in Contemporary Art: Biennale and Beyond (Art Biennale years) or Contemporary Art in Historic Venice (non-Art Biennale years).

Field Trips and Hands-on Learning

Investigate worlds both old and new when you study abroad in Venice, Italy. In Rovereto, you’ll visit MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, designed by architect Mario Botta. In Vicenza, the Teatro Olimpico—the first indoor theater in masonry in the world—constructed by Andrea Palladio between 1580 and 1585. In Padua, you’ll see the world’s oldest university Botanical Garden founded in 1545, and the Anatomical Theater, built in 1594 by Hieronymus Fabricus, still perfectly preserved.

On-Site Program Director Jacopo Santini will lead you on photo shoots and field trips throughout Venice, including La Casa dei Tre Oci on the island of Giudecca, and teach you Photoshop, Camera Raw, and other editing programs. Our programs encourage you to combine an artist’s eye with your technical knowledge, and create photographic records about a city that has been “written on water.” The goal is to develop your personal vision, a consciousness of photography as a language, and to create portfolios of the highest quality.

The Venice Art Biennale

Founded in 1895, the Venice Art Biennale focuses on cutting-edge contemporary artistic practice and is at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. Curator and theorist Marco Baravalle will guide you to exhibitions at the Biennale’s Central Pavilion, the Arsenale (dockyard), the Giardini (gardens), and the National Pavilions, as well as to other Biennale events, independent art galleries, and Venice museums and foundations. In addition to learning about the history of the Venice Biennale, you’ll learn about the social and economic impact of the exhibition on the city of Venice.

Learn More About Venice Summer Programs at SACI

SACI’s Venice Biennale/Summer program offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study abroad in one of the great art destinations of the world. You can find more information about eligibility, housing, costs, and other program details below.

Who is Eligible

The program is open to all 18 or older, including those who wish to enroll in a non-credit capacity. No prior art history or photography course work is required.

Housing and Accommodations for the Venice Biennale Program

Participants are housed just 5 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco in attractive, fully-equipped, air-conditioned accommodations. Both single and double rooms are available, and each room has its own bathroom and kitchenette. There are also a number of communal areas (sitting rooms, a music room, a fitness room, and a terrace). The facilities are serviced with internet, self-service laundry, and vending machines. Sheets and towels are also provided.

Because of the intense nature of the program, students are required to stay in SACI housing in order to facilitate group sessions and travel.

What to Bring

To prepare for your study abroad trip to Venice, you’ll want to be sure to pack the following:

  • Digital camera with manual function (preferably a digital-single-lens-reflex camera)
  • USB flash drive minimum 8GB
  • Laptop computer with Photoshop and/or Lightroom
  • External hard disk drive for back-up (recommended)

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