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For the student studying the Renaissance, Venice is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. Venice’s cultural heritage represents a unique fusion of East and West, reflecting its central role in the production and transmission of Renaissance ideas. For centuries, it has been a source of inspiration for playwrights and artists such as Shakespeare and Turner, and it continues to inspire modern literature and the visual arts. Our Venice programme offers an unparalleled introduction at postgraduate level to the art, history and culture of Venice in-situ. This MA programme can also be studied part-time.

The course begins with a pre-sessional induction and introduction to the course at Warwick. This takes place from mid-September, in the two weeks before the beginning of the autumn term, and allows students to get to know the department and the university before leaving for Venice.

In the Autumn term, you will be resident in Venice for ten weeks, where you will follow an intensive programme of study including site visits. You will be taught by University of Warwick academics from the History and History of Art departments. As well as engaging with Venetian art in the city which created it, the course uses the example of Venice to interrogate some of the key debates and methodological issues surrounding Renaissance art, history and culture. Students will be able to make use of the library facilities at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari, as well as participating in site visits and trips to museums and galleries in places such as Padua, Vicenza and the Islands (entrance fees are paid for by the Renaissance Centre). Also paid for by the Centre are fees for Italian language lessons whilst in Venice.

Week 6 is 'reading week' a period of time that most students choose to use for personal travel or archival research etc.

During the Autumn term in Venice, students will take two modules (each assessed by a 5,000 word essay); during the Spring term in Warwick, students will take two further modules (each assessed by a 5,000 word essay) and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Italian tuition (optional) will be offered to students whilst in Venice. The programme also includes a series of skills sessions, for instance in palaeography (English, Italian or Latin), bibliography, and the use of online databases. Back in Warwick, students who are familiar with Latin can further hone their reading skills through a weekly seminar in Renaissance Latin offered by the Centre.

Currently, an Erasmus programme linking the Centre with the University of Venice (Ca' Foscari) gives MA and research students of the Centre the opportunity to spend a further period of 3 months at the University of Venice as part of their degree, normally beginning after the end of Term 2. Registered students from overseas are now also eligible for support (this may of course change depending on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations). For further details on the exchange with Venice, click here. The Centre also has an Erasmus arrangement with the University of Paris.


NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to swap the teaching terms around for the 2021-22 intake only, so students will go to Venice in term 2 (Jan-March 2022), instead of term 1.

The Venice term has indeed been a great success and a delight ...

Masters student, Willum