The aim of the European Cultural Academy is to enhance the knowledge and advancement of your career in art, architecture and other creative industries. For more than a decade we have built creative communities to increase visibility, build connections and ensure a lasting impact on their careers. In our courses, we share our insights as organisers of international exhibitions and Biennale Pavilions, Performance Art Week, Design Prize and Architecture Awards as a well as symposia, conferences and residencies. Our faculty includes artists, designers, curators, gallerists, architects and scholars that will guide you as the student to build necessary skills and enable you to navigate proficiently through an opaque and competitive industry.
The Academy was created with the intention to unite creative communities, increase visibility, build connections and make a lasting impact on participants career. The following organizations that have trusted us as collaborators are: British Council, Guangzhou Design Week, Archifocus, University of Melbourne, TEDx, as well as many more. The Academy is also an official part of the Biennale Sessions and is happy to announce its Summer Schools in Art and Architecture held during the Venice Biennale 2021. These international programmes take place in Venice, which is perhaps the greatest art and urban environment worldwide.
• VENICE BIENNALE REVEALED - BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE
A special course taking place during the opening and vernissage of the Venice Biennale. It allows you to experience the Biennale the right way: through meeting the organisers and artists, intimate conversations with participants, and curators. You will understand Biennale's key stakeholders and explore your possible projects in it. You will visit the main venues, the most important collateral events and preview parties. It is a structured and inspiring experience.
• CONTEMPORARY ART - STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP & REFINE YOUR IDEAS
The Contemporary Art course is designed to help you execute your creative projects. It equips you with industry knowledge that will advance your career in the creative sector. You will work on a group project dedicated to the Venice Biennale and create a roadmap for your personal creative goals.
• ART FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS. TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH ART
This engaging interactive course is developed for school staff and teachers. This engaging interactive course gives teachers the opportunity to develop competences in an international environment, boost academic achievements as well as promote self-confidence and creativity among students.
• EXHIBITING ARCHITECTURE - CURATION, PRESERVATION AND MASS TOURISM
The four intensive studios ask students to interpret the historical city and the socio-cultural pressures shaping it today by proposing architectural interventions that serve Mass Tourism, Preservation and Curatorial Culture. Students will have the opportunity to witness, appraise, examine, unfold and project explicit or tangential relationships existing between Venice's architecture and urbanism and its pervading 'cultural tourism'. Students should expect to conduct field research at relevant historical sites, museums, archives and the Venice Biennale.
Classes are five days a week, Saturdays have optional visits organized by the ECA or can be an opportunity to travel to Florence, Siena, Milan or Rome by yourself. Both individuals and organized groups are invited to apply. The instruction language is normally English. However, if wished for, we have an interpreter available. Participants are awarded the ECA certificate upon successful completion. If you are a university representative and would like to arrange a program for your students, we can customize it to your needs.
WHO CAN APPLY
Our participants come from all backgrounds and the programmes are open for anyone with an interest in Art and Architecture. Among others, we have welcomed professionals from international cultural organizations, museum workers, independent curators, artists and art lovers looking for inspiration and knowledge. Our architecture courses attract architecture & urban planning professionals, students, designers, social scientists and artists. The course duration is one week or 2-week courses. The Academy runs all year round, although the most optimal period would be during the Biennale (May-November).
The European Cultural Centre has three palazzi in the historical centre of Venice, Italy, where we host and organise cultural projects. Venice offers unique possibilities for architects, artists and all others who want to work in the field of culture. The Art and Architecture Biennales, the museums, the foundations and the many historical palazzi make Venice an important meeting point for all people who are seriously interested in culture. Venice is a city where you establish connections and get engaged in setting directions for future projects.
APPLY AND CONTACT
ECA courses are open-enrollment, non-degree study programmes for students of all ages and levels with an interest in Art, Design and Architecture.
Or contact us at study@europeanculturalacademy.
No application fee is required.