University IUAV of Venice

One of the first Architecture Schools in Italy (established in 1926), the Università Iuav di Venezia is a ‘themed’ university totally focusing on design. It is a dedicated place for teaching, specialisation and field research in design of living space and environments such as buildings, cities, landscapes, regions as well as design of every-day use objects, cultural, theatrical, multimedia events, fashion and graphics. 

The Università Iuav di Venezia is organised into three departments: “Architecture, Construction and Conservation”, ""Design and Planning in Complex Environments”, ""Architecture and Arts"". 

Iuav has successfully devised a unique learning mode that is especially suitable to transmitting project knowledge: workshops are in fact a real workshop for experiencing and learning under the direct guidance of high-calibre professionals and professors in the practice and design teaching fields.

The University has entered into agreements with a number of institutions and cultural subjects in Venice, in the region and abroad (La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, Palazzo Grassi, Musei Civici Veneziani, teatro Due di Parma, theatres in Rome and Turin, Triennale di Torino, Philadelphia Museum, New York University, MIT of Boston) that involved and still involve students in artistic, design and theatrical productions.

Head of School

Alberto Ferlenga is the rector of the University Iuav of Venice since 1 October 2015.

Professor of architectural design at the University Iuav of Venice, after 12 years at the University "Federico II" of Naples. Founder and president of Villard, which includes the seminar of the same name and the international doctorate Villard d'Honnecourt. Also has promoted seminars and master planning in several Italian cities. Visiting professor at several universities in Europe, North and South America including: Delft, Miami, Clemson, S. Juan de Puertorico, Lima. In 2008 he became director of the Graduate School Iuav.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor of Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts
Graduate Degree in Fashion and Visual Arts
Graduate Degree in Product and Visual Communication Design
Doctor of Philosophy in Design Sciences


Life in Venice

Studying at the Università Iuav di Venezia means living in Venice, one of the most fascinating cities in the world for anyone involved in the design professions. Studying at Iuav means living stimulating intellectual experiences at the crossroads of different artistic, cultural and lifestyle trends.

Studying at Iuav means participating, as spectators and actors, in prestigious events: the Biennales of Art, Architecture, Film, Theatre and Music; musical and theatre productions at La Fenice and the Malibran; major exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi, the Guggenheim Foundation and Punta della Dogana, and taking advantage of important alliances with the city’s major cultural institutions.

Tuition and Scholarship Information

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