VPA Global | Berlin, Germany


In addition to full semesters abroad, the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers summer abroad opportunities, many in conjunction with Syracuse University Abroad. VPA Global locations include Italy (Venice, Bologna, and Florence) and Germany (Berlin). Students apply through SUAbroad.


Venice (Art and Transmedia)

The Venice Biennale Intensive is a ten-day immersion into the global contemporary art scene. The Venice Biennale is arguably the most important visual art event in the world. Established in 1895, it attracted more than 500,000 visitors last year. It is unrivaled in terms of providing students a living portrait of the global art world. Students will also visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Prada Foundation, and some of the many sites of historical significance in the city.

Bologna (Transmedia/Film)

In Film Production and Italian Film Studies in Bologna, you will attend the world’s most famous classic film festival event, Cinema Ritrovato, while immersing in all aspects of film. At the conclusion of the festival, students choose to focus on either film production or film studies, though all students will participate in a course on Italian Neo Realism and its cinematic legacy. Those focusing on film production will work with the "Complete Your Fiction" production group and will be mentored by professional Italian directors, cinematographers, production designers, and sound recording specialists in the creation of a short fiction film. Those focusing on film studies will have full access to the Bologna Cineteca library and archives for their research. The program features a tour of the Cineteca's Restoration Lab.


Berlin (Art and Transmedia)

Portfolio Berlin is a 14-day immersion in Berlin’s contemporary art scene. Students will participate in a series of group and individual critiques with a select group of contemporary artists and curators. Workshops will actively engage students in editing their portfolios for presentation to galleries, curators, and publishers as well as developing strategies to begin their careers as working artists. At the end of this class students will have experienced the cultural life of Berlin, including tours of major museums, art galleries, and project space. Your portfolio will be reviewed and critiqued by your colleagues and invited guests. Offered every other year.