European Cultural Academy


The aim of the European Cultural Academy is to enhance knowledge and advance your career in Art, Architecture and the 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

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 real 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 will 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 do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

Duration is from 1 to 2 weeks. The Academy runs all year round, although the most optimal period would be during the Biennale (May-November).


Venice, Italy. We have four historic palazzos in the centre of Venice where we host exhibitions and are able to provide students with a unique behind-the-scenes experience.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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This school also offers:

Art, Architecture and Urban Design courses during Venice Biennale

Campus Full time 1 - 2 weeks Open Enrollment Italy Venice

You love art, architecture and urban design. You want to connect with people that move creative ideas forward right now. Come for one, two or three weeks to enjoy Venice as an insider and have an exciting practical experience abroad. [+]


Dates: May 7-12 or November 18-23, 2019


The course connects you with experts of the art market and allows you to experience the reality behind the Venice Biennale and its parallel events.

You will discover the exhibition in conversations with artists, curators, gallerists and, of course, the Biennale team. It is a structured and inspiring experience.

The May programme takes place during the Opening week. The November programme is scheduled during the final week, making it a special experience at the Biennale. Next to the sessions we will visit the Biennale at Giardini and Arsenale, Personal Structures exhibition and the Peggy Guggenheim collection.... [-]


Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2019 Italy Venice

The Contemporary Architecture Course is a project-based course that teaches powerful storytelling techniques for contemporary architecture practice. During the course you will work on one group and one individual project. [+]


DATES: JULY 8 - 20, 2019

About the course

During the course we will review the most powerful communication strategies for architects and learn how to integrate them into your daily practice.

During the first week in Venice you will visit and study the best architecture projects in the city, review strategies and narratives around them.

In the second week our experts share the insights on how to use the communication tools in the right way. You will practice to present your design choices publicly and use sketches, diagrams, models, video and renderings to get your ideas noticed.

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Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2019 Italy Venice

The Contemporary Art Course is designed to help you execute your creative projects. It equips you with the industry knowledge that will advance your career in the creative sector. [+]


DATES: July 15 -27, 2019

About the course

The program focuses on the contemporary art market and the ways to get involved in it. The goal of the course is to transform you from consumer to maker in the cultural field.

Q&A sessions, lectures and dinners with the makers of the Biennale and its satellite exhibitions will give you insider knowledge of creating art projects. You will work on a group project dedicated to the Venice Biennale and create a roadmap for your personal creative goals. We will work together on your skills and provide the support and financial advice you need to turn your idea into reality.... [-]

City Lab Venice: Space - People – Possiblities

Campus Full time 1 week July 2019 Italy Venice

In our one-week course, we critically and playfully explore public space not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. [+]

About the course:

In our one-week course, we critically and playfully explore public space not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Public space is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, public space is emancipatory. For such reflections, we use both the Biennale exhibitions and the city of Venice as our field sites.

In a diverse set of lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and tours with local and international experts we will enquire into the conditions - potentials and restrictions - that make public space possible for different groups of people in Venice, but also in cities in general. ... [-]

Location address
S. Marco, 4013, 30124 Venice, Italy
Venice, Veneto, 30124 IT
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