ABOUT US

The European Cultural Academy was created by the European Cultural Centre with the wish to unite creative communities, increase visibility, build connections and make a lasting impact on participants career. 

The Academy organises short courses in art, architecture and design. Each course is a combination of lectures, workshops and guided visits to architecture studios, museums and the Venice Biennale.  Courses are aimed at giving you exclusive insights and teaching you practical skills in a short period of time.

OUR LECTURERS

Our lecturers come from the leading world institutions and are passionate about creativity, innovation and personal connections.


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 Academy was created with the wish to unite creative communities, increase visibility, build connections and make a lasting impact on participants career. The following organizations trusted us with their collaborations: British Council, Guangzhou Design Week, Architecture Focus, University of Melbourne, TEDx and many more. The Academy is also official part of the Biennale Sessions. The Academy is happy to announce its Summer Schools in Art and Architecture held during the Venice Biennale 2019. These international programmes take place in Venice, perhaps the greatest art and urban environment that the world has ever seen.
 

COURSES 2019:

ART COURSES

• VENICE BIENNALE REVEALED - BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE
• CONTEMPORARY ART - STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP & REFINE YOUR IDEAS
• ART FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS. TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH ART

ARCHITECTURE COURSES

• CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE - CONTENT AND DESIGN, HOW TO MAKE YOUR IDEAS STAND OUT
• CITY LAB VENICE - SPACE, PEOPLE, POSSIBILITIES
• ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE - THE CHALLENGES OF A HERITAGE CITY


 VENICE BIENNALE REVEALED - BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE
A special course taking place during the opening and finissage of the Venice Biennale 2019. 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, most important collateral events and preview parties. It is a structured and inspiring experience.

Dates: May 7-12 or November 18-23
Length: One week

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. In collaboration with Danielle Krysa aka TheJealousCurator.

Dates: July 15 – 27
Length: Two weeks

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.

Dates: July 22 - 26
Length: One week


ARCHITECTURE COURSES

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE - CONTENT AND DESIGN, HOW TO MAKE YOUR IDEAS STAND OUT

Contemporary Architecture is a project-based course that teaches powerful storytelling techniques for contemporary architecture practice. It will help you to choose your weapons by reviewing the most powerful communication strategies for architects and learning how to integrate them into your daily practice. During the course you will work on one group and one individual project.

Dates: July 8 - 20
Length: Two weeks

CITY LAB VENICE - SPACE, PEOPLE, POSSIBILITIES
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. 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. In collaboration with Poligonal. Office for Urban Communication.

Dates: July 7 - 11
Length: One week

ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE - THE CHALLENGES OF A HERITAGE CITY
This intense 3-day course will introduce you to the magical combination of new and old in Venice. You will discover the most recent renovation projects by Rem Koolhaas and Tadao Ando. Best architecture studios from Venice will share their insights on local (interior and exterior) projects and together we will examine innovative solutions for the city that is claimed to be stuck in time. We will discuss restoration and conservation challenges as well as sustainable solutions for the city of Venice and beyond.

Dates: October 9 - 11
Length: Three days


DETAILS
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 can be from 3 days to 3 weeks. The Academy runs all year round, although the most optimal period would be during the Biennale (May-November).

LOCATION
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.

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.

If you wish to apply, you can do it online at http://europeanculturalacademy.com/

Or contact us at study@europeanculturalacademy.eu / +39 320 245 06 31

No application fee is required.

 

Our education approach is based on the following principles:

HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY
We advocate for honest and constructive approach to education that makes you more confident and understanding whether it is a leisurely exhibition visit or an important business meeting. We openly discuss artistic, commercial and networking challenges in the creative industries. Our students deserve to know true stories behind big exhibitions and projects. We share real cases and teach you practical skills that make immediate impact on your career.

ENGAGING HIGH-QUALITY PEOPLE
The Academy brings together high level practitioners from government, academia and business sector. Our faculty includes artists, architects designers, curators, gallerists, and scholars that will help you to build the necessary skills, and enable you to navigate through a competitive industry. Having workshops and discussions with them in Venice is a unique experience.

PROVIDING INSIDER'S EXPERINCE
Venice has an extraordinary concentration of facilities and organisations dedicated to culture. Leveraging our 15- year experience of working in this incredible city, we will guide you to its most alluring locations. Classes take place in historic palazzos, students visit palazzos that are closed to the public, private art residences, design and architecture studios.