About the Faculty of Arts and Design at Università Iuav di Venezia
The Faculty of Arts and Design was founded in 2001 as an university academic programme based on education and research, a unique model in Italy. The faculty offers programmes in industrial design, visual and multimedia design and communication, the visual arts, and theatre. The Graduate programme in Visual Arts of the Faculty of Arts and Design aims at combining the theoretical and practical aspects of art. Workshops with internationally famous artists are joined by theory courses taught by important lecturers, so as to give students a varied approach to the visual arts. Students enjoy freedom of choice and variation, and avoid the excessive influence of just one maestro. Exhibitions, conferences, seminars and publications place students in direct contact with leading figures in the contemporary art fields, which helps them to present their own work outside the university environment. The goal of the graduate programme is to educate young artists and students in the field of artistic-cultural production, to help them manage projects autonomously, and to create works that use different techniques of expression, all with creative freedom and mature critical awareness.

Projects and Activities
Festival of Contemporary Art, Faenza: The third edition of the festival in Faenza, entitled OPERE/works, aims to focus on works of art, at the centre of the debate and the relationship that viewers have with contemporary art.

Common Ground: Projects for the Lagoon: Projects by Marjetica Potrc , Marguerite Kahrl, and the students of the Degree in Visual Arts / IUAV University of Venice Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation. The exhibition Common Ground: Projects for the Lagoon is presenting new works by Marjetica Potrc and Marguerite Kahrl and the works of the students who took part in the workshop ‘Sustainable Venice’, led at the Faculty of Arts and Design, IUAV by Marjetica Potrc (Jan.-Apr.) 2010. The working group reached across disciplines between art and architecture to imagine the future of Venetian lagoon as a sustainable environment, constructing a functioning rainwater harvesting system at a farm on Sant’Erasmo Island.

ATELIER Program, Foundation Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice: Palazzo Carminati, along with the prestigious Complex of St.s Cosma & Damiano on the Giudecca island, plays a central role as a creative environment thanks to the current presence of the artists’ studios. Every year the Foundation holds a contest to allocate its 12 art studios to artists under 35, seven in Palazzo Carminati and five in the Giudecca venue as their own personal ateliers. Over the last years, a number of activities have been promoted with the aim of underlining how the studios are not only places of production, but also an opportunity for developing art research after the academic education, to exchange and further improve knowledge and skills as well as contacts and relations.

Images: Faculty of Arts and Design, Magazzino 7 (ex Magazzini Ligabue), Venice

Contact Person
Prof. Angela Vettese, Professor of Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art, Director MA Visual Arts,


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