Venice Summer 2024

This is a Bellevue College faculty-led program. To begin your application, please get in touch with Deborah Dauterman, Interior Design Program Manager at

Venice panorama city skyline at Venice Grand Canal, Venice Italy
Venice Grand Canal | View of Santa Maria della Salute

Program Dates

Online Classes: July 1 – July 17, 2024

Onsite while in Venice, Italy: July 23 – August 17, 2024

Application timeline

Application Due: Friday April 26, 2024

Final Payment Due: Wednesday May 29, 2024

How to Apply

  1. Submit the application form via email to Deborah Dauterman,
  2. Complete all college-required application materials and meet with instructors.
  3. Once Bellevue College application is approved, students will receive a link to the AIFS portal where they complete the program application paperwork and submit a deposit of $150.

Program documents

  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Program Package

AIFS Venice Program 2024 | Package Details

  • Info Session Slides:

Drawing on Venice Su2024 | Study Abroad Info Slides

  • Info Session Video:

Drawing on Venice | Study Abroad Info Session (90 minutes)

Interior Design department information session about Summer 2024 study abroad trip to Venice. In addition to instructors Dan Beert and John Passmore, Angela Paniccia from AIFS, our hosts in Italy, joins us to explain about their services and application process. We share the details of the trip, the package costs and what’s included, and John presents a preview of sites we’ll visit on our sketch tour of Venice and the Veneto region, including Milan, Vicenza, Verona, Padua, and Murano.

  • Application Form:

Bellevue College Study-Abroad | Venice24 preliminary-application-form

  • Budget Worksheet:

Budget-worksheet | Venice-program-2024

Gilman Scholarship Are you wondering about studying abroad but scared away by the high cost? How about applying for a study abroad scholarship that covers your expenses? The Gilman scholarship is for you and it is due Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (

Course Information

INDES 235 Study Abroad – Drawing on Venice 5 cr.

This study abroad visit to Venice and Northern Italy’s Veneto region will inspire students to enhance their creative thinking and intimate awareness of the visible world. The Veneto region has a long tradition and truly unique culture represented in art and architecture dating back to the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods. Drawing on the continuing influence of Venetian culture on contemporary design, students will learn and practice new ways of drawing, seeing, and expressing their experience of place. Classroom activities will introduce design drawing techniques and visual research methodologies that you will practice before and during the trip.

INDES 236 Study Abroad – Art & Architecture of Venice and the Veneto 5 cr.

This class forms the art historical component of the program, including an extensive survey of art and architecture of the Venice lagoon, and the Veneto region in northern Italy. Classroom activities will introduce art and architecture of the region through pre-trip lectures and assignments where students examine specific works from northern Italy, learning about different aspects and styles of the work native to the region. This will be a survey of work from the Byzantine period through the Renaissance and Baroque. There will also be an introduction to modern work in the region. Particularly, through the work of architect Carlo Scarpa. Modernism will further be explored in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and through contemporary artwork on view in the Venice Biennale art festival. You’ll learn how to identify elements and principles of historic periods that are evident in each building or site we plan to visit. Combined with the Drawing on Venice class, you’ll learn to use a visual journalingapproach to record your observations of historic elements and principles, as well as the historic and contemporary context you experience at the actual sites.

Open Enrollment – No Prerequisites or Prior Experience Necessary

There are no prerequisites for the two courses. They are both introductory, including the drawing class. Because we’ll be drawing every day of our 3 week stay in Italy, we’ve found from previous trips that it’s an excellent way for students interested in art, architecture, and history to learn and practice. Drawing provides us a kind of slow-travel approach that creates vivid memories that simple snapshots don’t capture. We’ll have three weeks of online classes before we leave, so you’ll learn basic drawing skills that fit what you’ll also learn about the history of the art and architecture that we plan to see.

Course Substitution Info

For Interior Design majors, the INDES 235 Drawing on Venice course can substitute for the ART 120 or INDES 220 requirements in the AAS Interior Studies program, and INDES 236 Art & Architecture of Venice and the Veneto can substitute for the INDES 350 History of Interiors & Furniture in the BAA Interior Design program. For non-majors, these course can qualify for Humanities credits in transfer or other degrees. Talk to your academic advisor if you have questions about this.

Faculty: Dan Beert, John Passmore

Program Activities at a Glance

  • Three-week residency in Venice. Walk out the door and you’re in the heart of La Serenissima –. the most serene republic
  • Tours of historic and contemporary cultural sites throughout Venice and the Veneto region of Italy with guided tours, onsite lectures, and activities that record your experience one drawing at a time.
  • Day trips to Milan, Vicenza, Verona, Padua, and Murano.
View of Gondolas and Lido di Venezia near Piazza San Macro  . The main sqaure  in Venice at noon before sunset during autumn season , Venice , Italy
Gondolas near Piazza San Marco | View of San Giorgio Maggiore
Water canal and bridges of Venice, beautiful view of Italy.
Venice Canal and Fondamente dei Cereri | Sestieri di Dorsoduro

Program Fee

Based on 10-14 students: $4,875 per person

Program fee includes:

  • Lodging, welcome/farewell meals and receptions, breakfasts, admission fees to all museums and cultural sites, 2-day pass to Venice Art Biennale, insurance-medical, pre-trip and account services, dedicated 24/7 AIFS tour manager in Venice, daytrip travel and  public transportation.

Program fee does not include:

  • Program cost does not include international round-trip air fare, BC tuition, or other personal expenses not listed in the AIFS program package.

Accommodations and Travel Passes

  • Accommodations: Casa Cardinal Piazza in the Cannaregio area, 25-minute walk from St. Mark’s square. Residence lodging in twin or triple occupancy rooms with air conditioning, WiFi, and breakfasts. Cleaning, bedding, and towels are included in the price. Laundry on site for a small fee. No cooking. 11pm curfew. Alternate lodging discount or single-room upcharge by request.
  • Travel passes: 1-week vaporetto pass for Venice. Train and public transportation daytrips to Milan, Vicenza, Verona, Padua, and vaporetto to/from Murano.

Program Info Session Recording

Drawing on Venice Information Session Video about this exciting Summer 2024 study abroad trip. In addition to Interior Design department instructors Dan Beert and John Passmore, Angela Paniccia from AIFS, our hosts in Italy, joins us to explain about their services and application process. We share the details of the trip, the package costs and what’s included, some Q&A, and John presents a preview of sites we’ll visit on our sketch tour of Venice and the Veneto region, including Milan, Vicenza, Verona, Padua, and Murano.

Milan | Piazza del Duomo at Sunrise

Milan | Piazza del Duomo at Sunrise

Last Updated February 23, 2024