The aim of the European Cultural Academy is to enhance knowledge and advance your career in Art, Architecture and other Creative Industries.
For more than a decade we have helped creative communities to increase visibility, build connections and make 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 help you to build necessary skills and enable you to navigate through an opaque and very competitive industry.

Our approach
The European Cultural Academy emphasises practical solutions. You will get behind the scenes of the Biennale and learn to collaborate with governments, artists, foundations, and sponsors. At the end of the course, you will create a practical project (e.g. exhibition project, artwork, publication, event etc.) that might be added to your portfolio/CV and you will have a possibility to present it to the public.
Prominent professors in related fields ensure a solid academic component and enable you to gain a wider perspective.

Who can apply
Our participants come from all backgrounds and the course is open for anyone with an interest in Art and Architecture. If you are a university representative and would like to arrange a program for your students, we can customise it to your needs. 
Individual applicants are welcome to apply for certain dates, please, contact us for details. 
The course duration can be 1 to 3 weeks. The Academy runs all year round, although the most optimal period would be during the Biennale (May-November). 
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Our faculty is a diverse group of researchers, academics and practitioners coming from Europe and other continents. These are the people who will inspire you to go forward and make a difference. As ECC, we are privileged to have the support from some very qualified and internationally acknowledged professionals. In the past, we have collaborated with professionals such as Yoko Ono, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, Arata Isozaki, Meinhard von Gerkan, Marina Abramovic, Anabel Gelhaar and SOM architects.
The European Cultural Centre has four palazzos 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 palazzos 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.


Choose one, two or three week engagement.

Contemporary Art Course
Academics, researchers and other experts from the art world present different perspectives and critical contemporary issues that confront professionals today. In addition, we visit relevant exhibitions and cultural institutions in Venice. It is a behind-the-scenes experience that allows you to start or advance your career in the art world.
Classes include: | Exhibition planning: from idea to reality | Contemporary curatorial practices | How to develop successful personal projects in art industry (workshop) | Galleries. The changing business model Participants: professionals working in galleries, museums and foundations, students and art lovers that wish to better understand how international projects work in general and in Venice in particular. 

Architecture & Design Courses
The 16. Biennale Architettura will focus on attempts to reveal architecture as a multilayered discipline, which is—and should be—preoccupied by the fundamental capacity of architecture to impact people and place. It is anticipated that this incarnation of the Biennale will foreground public space, civic ideals, and the presentation of architecture as a "generous" and "thoughtful" practice. These fundamental observations will form the springboard for this course. Extensive Venice Biennale  and museum visits are included.

Contemporary Architecture
Classes include: | People and place | Drawing, modelling & photography | Combining the new with the old | Architecture and public space | Curating architecture | On Representation: Drawing, Modelling and Photography. A lecture examining representation in architecture and design as tools for understanding the built environment |

Venice Biennale
Classes include: | A history of the Biennale Architettura | Visits to national pavilions of the Biennale | Venice Biennale: selection procedures, organizational chart and things to know | Case study: national pavilion. How to participate as a curator? | 

Design: The World Around Us 
Classes include: | The (digital) design of the human | The craft of glass | The world of copies | Design of infrastructure | From landscape to object | 
Participants: the course is specially created for designers who want to understand the trends, learn practical skills and get inspired. It focuses on understanding the role of design and its enduring relevance. Architects, designers, students and design lovers who are interested in getting to know the latest tendencies in the world of design and architecture are welcome. 

Classes are five days a week, from 10:00 to 13:00 in our auditoriums, and from 14:00 to 18:00 we will mainly host workshops or site visits. Saturdays have optional visits organized by the ECA or can be an opportunity to travel to Florence, Siena, Milan or Rome by yourself. 
We try to make the most of Venice's unique environment. We organise topic-specific visits, seminars, debates and engaging workshops in historical and relevant locations. You collaborate closely with local universities, archives and foundations and have access to a wide range of resources. Prosecco and a boat ride is included as well, of course. 
Both individuals and university-organized groups are invited to apply. The instruction language is normally English. However, if wished for, we have an interpreter available.
Students are awarded a certificate upon successful completion. There is a good possibility to start an internship with us or by one of our partner institutions.

This is an open-enrollment non-degree study program for students of all ages and levels with an interest in Art, Design and Architecture.
Our program consists of three different week-long modules. Each week of our program has a specific focus and can also be booked singularly.     
We accept individual applications and groups and are always open to discuss new collaborations. 
If you wish to apply, you can do it online or send your request to  
No application fee is required. 
Fees and financial aid
For 2018 the tuition fee for one week is EUR 950,-. The fee covers the classes, course materials, visa support, access to archives and library, all passes to cultural institutions. If wished for, we can organise a nice single/double accommodation for EUR 500 per 7 nights or recommend suitable options. Although limited, partial scholarships are available.