The Università Iuav di Venezia was founded in 1926 and is one of the first Architecture Schools in Italy. The university has a focus on design and it is a dedicated place for teaching, specialisation and field research in design of living space and environments such as buildings, cities, landscapes, regions as well as design of every-day use objects, cultural, theatrical, multimedia events, fashion and graphics.
The insitution has three departments: “Architecture, Construction and Conservation”, "Design and Planning in Complex Environments”, "Architecture and Arts" that offer educational programmes, courses and activities. Besides numerous undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the university also provides advanced specialisation courses and 8 research doctorates.
The Università Iuav di Venezia is based on a different learning model by providing multiple workshops for experiencing and learning under the direct guidance of high-calibre professionals and professors in the practice and design teaching fields. About 5,000 students attend this University (admission to the various degree programmes is limited, which is an essential requirement needed to guarantee teaching quality).