Study Abroad Option in Visual Arts

Studio Arts Program in Venice

Boston University’s Venice Studio Arts program offers courses in graphic design, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and glassblowing, as well as required art history and Italian language courses. The curriculum is designed so that all majors can benefit from the electives offered, broadening students’ educational experiences in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The BU space, near Santa Margherita, houses painting and drawing studios, a graphic design lab, classrooms, and a reception and reading area for study and downtime. Glassblowing is taught on the island of Murano, which has a thousand-year history in the discipline. Printmaking and sculpture are taught at the Accademia of Venice. Boston University painting and graphic design instructors teach on site along with internationally recognized instructors and visiting artists, and School of Visual Arts students work and study alongside Italian and international students. Drawing on Venice’s rich history, the curriculum is enhanced by visits to local museums, galleries, and landmarks, as well as trips to important cities including Florence and Rome. Students live in furnished apartments that are a 15-minute walk to the school. The program is offered in both the spring and fall, and a summer program is also available.