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. Download the 2022 ARTH 380 Course Description (91KB).
Postcards from Venice
Sarah Tomkins: the huge history of art
ARTH 380 student Sarah Tomkins kicks off our new series of Q&As with the students of 2022's Venice Summer School.
Elise Masotti: pasta by sunset
ARTH 380 student Elise Masotti shares her artistic and culinary highlights from the 2022 Venice Biennale: