Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

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Iuav University of Venice was established in 1926 as one of the first Architecture Schools in Italy. To this day, it still maintains its unique status. It is a design-themed university focusing on the teaching, research and practice in the design of living spaces and environments (buildings, cities, landscapes and territory) and in the design of everyday use objects, of fashion and of graphics. It has a more recent but well-established tradition in the teaching, research and practice of visual arts, theatre and performing arts, and multimedia events.


Syllabuses, courses and learning and workshop activities are organised in 4 bachelor’s degrees and 6 master degrees covering the fields of architecture, design, fashion, visual arts, urban and regional planning and theatre. In 2019 started the news Master Degree Programme in Architecture, entirely taught in English.

In addition, Iuav offers advanced specialisation courses and 9 PhDs.

A learning technique unique to Iuav is the workshop, which is meant to offer both learning opportunities and work experience under the direct supervision of high-profile professionals and teachers.


Iuav has established agreements with important Italian and foreign cultural institutions, museums and universities such as La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, Palazzo Grassi, Musei Civici Veneziani, Triennale di Milano, Parsons School of Design, MIT, IIT, CCA and Tongji University. Iuav students are involved with all of these institutions on a regular basis. Iuav is committed to invest in research and development on issues related to the city, the territory and environment, the landscape, infrastructures and mobility, environmental protection and conservation, sustainable design, the history of architecture, new frontiers of design, and arts.

Iuav has highly-equipped laboratories managed by specialists and experts. The university library houses a wide and rare collection of books, databases and journals especially focusing on architecture and urban planning.


About 4,200 students attend Iuav University. Admission to both graduate and undergraduate programmes is limited – an essential requirement to maintain high teaching standards. International Exchange Programmes are currently available in partnerships with 200 European universities. They encourage student and staff mobility in order to raise awareness of a common European citizenship, exchange good practices and share research. Iuav has also established cooperation and exchanges with 70 non-EU institutions and universities and entered into over 30 agreements to boost student mobility.


Studying at Iuav means being open to what is really happening in the world and learning and working with outstanding personalities in the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, design and visual and performing arts. Iuav was founded by such internationally renowned architects as Carlo Scarpa, Giuseppe Samoną, Manfredo Tafuri, Aldo Rossi, Giovanni Astengo and Giancarlo De Carlo. Gino Valle, Michele De Lucchi, Nanda Vigo and Egle Renata Trincanato have all made the history of our School. Notable scholars and professionals such as Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and, more recently, Alejandro Aravena, Judith Clark, Richard Serra, have been hosted as visiting professors at Iuav and have taught and tutored our students through the years.


Alberto Ferlenga, Rector