Get advice & support for your personal creative journey. Join for the next step and interesting outcome: an exhibition in Venice, an art object that you create or a framework for your next big project.

See you in Venice and online, at the Burning Man and TEDxSanMarco.

what your experience will be like?
  • Connections to keep
    There is an average of 11 nationalities per group and ECA alumni work in 23 different countries. We are happy when course WhatsApp chats are active even 9 months after. Reunions has taken place in London, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Moscow and once again Venice.

  • Insiders as lectures
    You might not know their names but they are the ones who organise, study and make things happen. Director of the The Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford, UK), Architect for the Man Base at the Burning Man, curator at Tate Modern (UK) or ArkDes (SE), artist-participant of the Venice Biennale. They give you insights during group discussions and communal dinners.
  • Cosmopolitan approach to contemporary art #notjustwestern
    During last Venice Biennale opening, our participants personally met at least 12 artists and curators representing their countries at the Venice Biennale. With ECA you visit world class galleries like Victoria Miro and meet creators from unusual places like Kiribati or Grenada expanding your knowledge of glocal artists and the local art centres with international claims.
  • 1,7 mln euros - combined value of art works in the ECA classroom
    Online of offline - we make it great. Inspiration and growth start with stunning environment. We immerse our participants in unusual spaces - a historic Venetian Palace with view on Gran Canal, a fake beach which serves as stage for the Lithuanian Pavilion (the Golden Lion winner-2019,) and most recently - a virtual Burning Man Playa specially created just for us.
ECA locations are NOT your average classroom. Our palace in Venice has a view on Grand Canal. During classes you will be surrounded by astonishing architecture and art. We have a strict COVID-protocol to keep you safe.

ECA students in our classroom
ECA has branches in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Venice, Italy.

Amsterdam office
Arntzeniusweg 17h 1098GK, Amsterdam, Netherlands
(Programming, finance, administration, legal)

Venice office
Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nova, 4391, 30121 Campo Santi Apostoli, Venezia VE. Classes also take place in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora.
(Programming, administration)

Immersive and inspiring experience. Interactive sessions with experts, live performances and celebration cocktails in the comfort of your home. We bring Venetian atmosphere to you.
We unite partners among which are universities and cultural organizations and lead large-scale projects with them. European Cultural Academy is proud to collaborate with renowned organisations worldwide including the British Council and the Venice Biennale among others. We select partners based on quality of their projects and expertise of their people. We are working toward the world where people and organizations are more open to connect and give their time.
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  • Focused on adult learning
    We practice constructionist student-centred approach to education. Each student chooses how and at what pace to study with us.
  • Combination of learning tools and techniques
    Each course is a combination of lectures, group and individual work. We include reflection and group discussions in each of our courses.
  • Peer to peer learning
    Our students are smarter and more experienced than us. We use a variety of social learning tools - peer education, problem-based learning and project work are among our favourites. That creates space for you to learn from each other while we are learning from you.
  • You choose how to study
    You can join us to work on one project or take multiple courses to keep pushing your career, we support you and provide tools and inspiration for your next step.
  • Individual attention towards each student
    We want you to be yourself. We accept that your creative self can be weird or vulnerable and we respect it.
  • Everybody is welcome
    Our students are our community. We believe that it is never too late to start.
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