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Venice, Italy

Academic Program

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Temple University in Italy: Venice Biennale provides exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students of Film and Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Art History and related disciplines to experience art, Venetian culture and filmmaking through the 59th Biennale. Based in the historic city of Venice, the program includes two courses taught by Dr. Nora M. Alter of Temple University's School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, as well Dr. Philip Glahn of Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Through immersion in the international art exhibit, field trips, walking tours, museum visits and collaboration with artists, curators, and critics associated with the 59th Biennale, students have access to a variety of unique experiences to develop a background of Venetian history and culture from the renaissance to the present-day. Once the final line-up is announced, the program director will work with select artists and individuals connected with the national pavilions and arrange for them to meet with students, coordinating a vibrant lecture series and on-site visits between students and professionals associated with various national pavilions including Germany and the Netherlands, installations by Chinese and South American artists, and international contemporary art historians.  


Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students enroll in the two courses, listed below, for a total of seven credit hours.

History of Experimental and Avantgarde Film, Video and Media: (choosing one of the options among the cross-listed courses):

Art History 2660: Topics in International Cinema (4 credit hours) 
Film and Media Arts 3770: Topics in Film Study (4 credits)
Art 2806: Art Matters (3 credits) + Art 4082: Independent Study (1 credit)

Global Art Forms: Toward a Fantasy of Making: (choosing one of the options among the cross-listed courses): 

Art History 2000: Topics in Art History (3 credit hours) 
Film and Media Arts 3680: Foreign Studies in FMA (3 credits)
Art 3896: PDS Seminar (3 credits)


Graduate students

Graduate students enroll in the two courses, listed below, for a total of six credit hours.

Art History 8460: Seminar in Contemporary Art (3 credits) and 

Art History 8470: Seminar in Modern Art (3 credits)

Graduate students will follow the same curriculum as the two undergraduate classes, will participate in the same activities. However, they will be expected to submit a more extensive final paper and to do additional readings and have one extra meeting a week.

Academic program notes

  • Classes are held all day Monday through Friday, with some evening and weekend events.
  • During designated class time, students will also spend time at the Biennale, visit the Pavillions or Giardini, participate in various walking tours, lectures, filmscreenings, museum visits and go on excursions throughout Venice.
  • Temple undergraduate students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in this program will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement.