School of Design in Venice

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007871


Departure Date: 05/02/24

Return Date: 08/02/24


£460: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation and transfers (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: visits (£20), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead:

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £310 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


Level 4 and 5 Interior Design, Design Crafts and Product Design students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 45 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Venice is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Located in northeast Italy, it is known for its winding canals, stunning architecture, and rich history and is also famous for its art, grand palaces, churches, and museums; Students will have an opportunity to engage with Venice’s rich architecture and cultural history and take inspiration from the museums, art galleries and surroundings to aid research, concept development and support their studies as a whole.

The students will take part in organised visits to a number of Museums and cultural sites including The Peggy Guggenheim Museum housing collections of modern and contemporary art and Doges Palace with its grand staircases and lavishly decorated rooms forming an excellent source of inspiration. Another notable museum of interest is the recently restored Palazzo Grassi implemented by Tadao Ando, along with David Chipperfield’s Procuratie Vecchie where new interventions have been integrated within the historical context to form exhibition and workshop spaces. There are many boutique-style shops selling handmade lampshades and contemporary crafts which will also be of interest and support the subject area.

During the 4-day trip the group will visit Murano, famous for glass making, this excursion will allow students to enjoy the glass factories and see glassmaking demonstrations. If time allows, there will also be a visit to the neighbouring Burano Island famous for its brightly coloured houses and lace making.

Where possible, we will arrange a studio visit to local design company Idea Design Factory who work in the residential and hospitality sector for students to meet industry practitioners. We hope to also visit the University of Venice (IUAV) with staff and students to share experiences which could lead to future international opportunities.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and knowledge that enhance your studies. Through participation in this trip to Italy we expect students will:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the contextual, historical, conceptual considerations informed by research, practice and theory.
  • Ability to source and research relevant material, examining and appraising relevant findings.
  • Make creative use of contemporary and / or historical knowledge
  • Knowledge of a variety of contexts; historical, contemporary, cultural, social, global, ethical and economic – and the ability to interpret and position work in relation to these

A pre-trip meeting will be held to advertise the trip as well as highlight the benefits. Following the trip students may be asked to share their experiences within their year group.

Cultural activities

In their spare time students may choose to visit other alternative places of interest such as the Piazza San Marco, the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora and the Carla Scarpa Olivetti exhibition. Students may wish to explore St Marks Basilica, the iconic landmark and symbol of Venice’s culture and history (advanced booking needed) or St Marks Campanile bell tower which will provide students with a view of Venice, the lagoon and Alps in the distance. During our time in Venice there will be an opportunity for students to experience the Carnival of Venice which would be an exciting way to conclude the trip.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).