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Venice, Italy

Academic Program

Global Temple Conference

Temple University in Italy: Venice Biennale provides exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate students of Film and Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and related disciplines to experience art, Venetian culture and filmmaking through the 58th 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 58th 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.  

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)
Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 2511: Art Matters (3 credits) + Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 4582: 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)
Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 3596: PDS Seminar (3 credits)

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 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.