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Study in Venice offers single courses, summer courses, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PhD programmes taught in Italian and English in the fields of arts, culture, architecture, design, fashion, music, economics and business, linguistics and sciences, in the heart of Venice at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Iuav University, Music Conservatory Benedetto Marcello and Academy of Fine Arts of Venice.

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Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is an international leader in higher education committed to preparing students for the global challenges of the XXI century.

It offers innovative Degree Programmes, English taught courses, international joint degrees in economics, management, languages and linguistic, art and humanities, science and technology, public policies and social changes, international studies and globalization, conservation and cultural asset management that meet the most rigorous international standards and intended learning outcomes for scholarly excellence, interdisciplinary expertise and critical thinking. As a partner of the Venice International University, an international network of universities in the beautiful island of San Servolo, it offers joint Summer School Programmes with Harvard University and Columbia University and supports the International College.

Ca’ Foscari is a magnet for successful academics from across Europe and beyond, and with a thriving community of internationally acclaimed scientists, high-profile politicians and economists, visiting Nobel laureates, famous writers and influencers in all disciplines. The university is listed among the top-150 in ‘Modern Languages’ and in the top-250 for ‘Linguistics’ and ‘Economics & Econometrics’ (Qs Rankings), and is the third public Italian university for research quality (ANVUR). Graduates from Ca’ Foscari benefit from a better work placement compared to Italian average.

With over 800 cultural and scientific events organized each year, Ca’ Foscari is a driving force for culture and change in Venice and throughout Italy. Ca’ Foscari has a long history of engagement with the Venetian and global community. With U4Refugees it provides students and researchers with international protection dedicated scholarships. Furthermore Ca’ Foscari commits to the environment as the greenest university in Italy and among the top-65 international universities (UI GreenMetric).

Università Iuav di Venezia

Università Iuav di Venezia, founded in 1926 as one of the first Universities of Architecture in Italy, is a special place: the only University in Italy that offers courses in all the disciplines of project planning - architecture, urban planning, design and multimedia, fashion, visual arts and theatre.

Iuav University distinguishes itself for its efficient and innovative approach to teaching that includes laboratories and intensive workshops with internationally renowned faculty and professionals and reflects both its internationally recognized reputation for excellence and an awareness of the current transformations in the fields of project planning.

Iuav offers 5 bachelor’s and 7 master’s degree programmes, 25 executive masters, 2 post-graduate courses, a Specialization School, and a PhD School with 8 curricula.

Research at Iuav engages with a wide variety of subject areas including architecture of spaces and art of building, conservation, landscape, the city and the environment, heritage, history and restoration, sustainable planning, new frontiers of design, fashion, image theory and theatre.

The university has highly specialized laboratories that are available to external players and a collection of books of national importance in the fields of project planning.

Iuav has international exchange programmes in place with 130 European universities to promote mobility for students, researchers and faculty members as well as 60 established conventions for cooperation and exchanges with institutions and universities outside Europe.

Foremost experts in the fields of architecture, planning, design and arts as well as artists are part of our university’s history, including: Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo Aymonino, Manfredo Tafuri, Vittorio Gregotti, Gino Valle, Aldo Rossi, Giovanni Astengo, Giancarlo De Carlo, Tadao Ando and Richard Serra.

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Music conservatory Benedetto Marcello

Conservatorio di musica Benedetto Marcello was founded in 1876 and stands as one of the oldest conservatories in Europe.

Palazzo Pisani, the main building, is within walking distance from St Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge. Beautifully decorated spaces dating back to the 18th century, monumental staircases and valuable paintings are part of what makes Palazzo Pisani an ideal venue to study music. A wide selection of practice rooms for choral and orchestral ensembles are available to students enrolled at the conservatory. Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello also offers a rich variety of instrument studies to its students. The electronic music department, founded by Giuseppe Sinopoli, has state of the art equipment. Alongside more traditional disciplines, students can also choose to study Early Music.

The music conservatory has one of the most important libraries of its kind in Italy with about 50,000 books; a museum collects ancient instruments, manuscripts, and antiques, including objects donated by Richard Wagner.

Alongside its music courses that attract students from all across the world, the conservatory also organizes laboratories, seminars and master classes, and hosts intense artistic production and research activities. International exchanges with other European institutions are organized through the Erasmus and Leonardo programmes. Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello’s location in the heart of Venice, an international city with a rich and varied cultural scene, enables the conservatory to collaborate with La Fenice Opera House, the Municipal Theatre of Treviso, the Cini Foundation, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, the Ateneo Veneto and many other institutions. Job opportunities thus arise for graduates in Venice itself.

Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello counts important composers and musicians such as Marco Enrico Bossi, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Gian Francesco Malipiero and Ugo Amendola among its directors and teachers. The conservatory upholds its tradition of academic rigour, discipline and selectivity alive, as these have always been the cornerstones of its prestige.

Academy of Fine Arts of Venice

The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia is one of the oldest academies of fine arts in Italy: it was founded in 1750 in St Mark's “Fontegheto de la Farina” with Giovan Battista Tiepolo as its first President and renowned artists such as Arturo Martini, Virgilio Guidi, Alberto Viani and Emilio Vedova among its faculty members.

The Accademia's reputation for teaching quality and research is currently amongst the most prestigious in Italy.

The Accademia has a well-endowed book archive, conserved in the library and in the Archivio Storico and recently digitized for the use of academics and young researchers in Europe and beyond, organizing exhibits, cultural events and seminars with the main most important national and international higher education institutions.

The Accademia di Belle Arti offers bachelor’s and two year master’s degree programmes in painting, sculpture, decoration, graphic art, scenography and new technologies for the arts, as well as one year master’s degree programmes, workshops and internships.

The Accademia di Belle Arti’s main building is located at the Zattere in the former Ospedale degli Incurabili designed by Sansovino and has facilities in the Island of San Servolo and Forte Marghera. The Accademia also runs a recently restored exhibition space of historic relevance at the Zattere in Magazzino del Sale n. 3, close to the main building.

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