Venice Summer School

The application deadline for ARTH 380 in May 2022 is March 11, 2022.

Every two years, the Venice Biennale turns the city of Venice, Italy, into a massive, dynamic exhibition, featuring the work of hundreds of artists from over 75 countries and regions. ARTH 380 is a 4-week, 6-credit travel study course that gives students the extraordinary opportunity to experience Venice and its Biennale firsthand. Through daily onsite study at the Biennale, as well as at other museums, galleries, and historical sites in Venice, students gain in-depth knowledge of the history the Biennale, its relationship to the city of Venice, and its role within a larger field of global contemporary art.

In addition to onsite lectures and seminars, all ARTH 380 students participate in internships at the Canada Pavilion in Venice, which is coordinated by the National Gallery of Canada. These internships are an exciting opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Biennale - the largest and longest running international exhibition of contemporary art in the world - and to gain meaningful practical experience in the arts. Internship hours count toward course credit.

ARTH 380 is held in even years during the month of May. ARTH 380 is part of the Continuing & Distance Studies (Spring/Summer) Calendar and can be used as a full course credit toward any degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students may not take any other course for credit concurrently with ARTH 380.

For full details and application information, download the May 2022 ARTH 380 course description. Applicants will be notified by March 18.

A group of art history students in Venice


"The Venice Summer School was a truly once in a lifetime experience! The interactive small class environment, the incredible professors and the opportunity to meet students from Queen's and around the world, all while getting to live in one of the most spectacular cities in the world make this a life changing experience! I highly recommend it to lovers of art, travel and adventure!"

Claire Pierce, Art History