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. The programme also includes a series of skills sessions, for instance in palaeography (English, Italian or Latin), bibliography, and the use of online databases. Students who are familiar with Latin can further hone their reading skills through a weekly seminar in Renaissance Latin offered by the Centre. This MA programme can also be studied part-time.
Due to the Covid-19 global 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.
This year the course will begin with a pre-sessional induction and introduction to the course at Warwick. This will take place at some point towards the end of September, exact details / dates to be confirmed. In the Autumn term (Oct-Dec 2021) students will take two modules, providing an opportunity to explore the dissemination of Italian culture in Europe. The first module, 'Renaissance Culture and Society', aims to provide an interdisciplinary framework for studying the Renaissance across Europe. The second module will be selected from among those offered by participating departments: for examples, click here. During the Autumn term in Warwick, students will take two modules, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
During the Spring term (Jan - March 2022) you will be resident in Venice for ten weeks, where you will follow an intensive programme of study including site visits. Teaching in Venice makes full use of the city and its surroundings. While you will have seminars in the classrooms in our Venetian premises, much of the teaching is in situ, examining works of art at first hand, exploring contemporary and historical buildings, sculptures, paintings and material culture across the city. 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 are also introduced to the wonderful libraries in Venice, which are invaluable for all the research you will undertake, 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). Italian tuition (optional) will be offered to students whilst in Venice (fees paid by the Renaissance Centre). During the Spring term in Venice, students will take two further modules, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay, and during the summer term, students will produce a dissertation of 15,000 words.
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.
Typical Option Modules (varies from year to year)
The Venice term has indeed been a great success and a delight ...
Masters student, Willum