London & ​Venice Biennale Field School 2019

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London & ​Venice Biennale Field School 2019

Classes offered and Pre-requisites

Program Details

Visit London, England and study its dynamic urban visual environment in connection to the rise of consumerism and lifestyle branding and marketing from the 1950’s through to the present. Travel and explore while learning about the city through the lens of art history and contemporary studio practices. Topics and artists under examination will relate to the era of “Swinging London” fashion and pop art of the 1960-70s; the punk, new wave, and experimental art movements of the 1980-90s; together with the “Young British Artists” and street art movements of the 1990-2000s connected to mega-celebrity artist brands such as Damien Hirst and Banksy. Then travel to Venice, Italy to experience the Venice Biennale—the world’s most anticipated and attended contemporary art exhibition, held once every two years as a showcase of the best of global contemporary art. This is truly a trip of a lifetime—come join KPU’s Fine Arts Field School London/Venice Biennale and travel and learn alongside your fellow classmates and KPU faculty.

Info Sessions

November 5th (12-1pm): Richmond, Melville Centre Side-A
November 5th (4-5pm): Surrey, Fir 326

Info Session Presentation:…


Full itinerary of visits to London museums, galleries, and key sites of interest related to modern and contemporary art, street art, fashion, and visual art and design history, including but not limited to:

  • Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery, British Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Courtauld Gallery
  • East London Gallery District, and Bond Street Art Tour (Sotheby’s)
  • Visits to Southbank, Hyde Park, Central London, Covent Garden
  • Optional day trip to Oxford, and London bike tour
  • Comprehensive tour of Venice Biennale with all access multiple-day pass and tour of Venetian cultural attractions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canale, and Ponte di Rialto. An optional day trip and tour of Florence will also be arranged.

Click the following links to download the poster and trifold:


London, U.K. and Venice, Italy
Travel dates: June 1-June20, 2019
Note: travel dates subject to slight revision pending final reservations, but will occur in June.

Tentative Itinerary

The proposed itinerary covers the following topics and the timeline is as follows:

  • Modern and contemporary visual art history and culture
  • Post-war consumer culture and art forms
  • London art neighbourhoods and art institutions
  • Global art exhibition and art world trends

May 7-29: Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus
June 1: Depart for London, England for 2 weeks of scheduled gallery and museum visits
June 15: Depart for Venice, Italy and attend Venice Biennalep
June 20: Depart for Vancouver or continue your European travels!



Program Fee

Tuition Cost – 6 Credits


Domestic Student (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident)



Estimated $1100 to $1400***

International Student


See Tuition Estimator for 6 credits cost*

Estimated $1100 to $1400***

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application. This deposit will go towards your program fee. This fee includes accommodation, city transportation and transfers, museum/gallery/exhibition and Venice Biennale admissions, and 2 group meals. Flights to London and transportation to Venice, personal expenses, most meals and tuition are not included in the fee.

Several field school scholarships are available for applicants. Please click here for more information.

*Due to a tuition increase for international students, tuition costs will vary depending on the program start date.

** Additional fees may apply for Multi-Pass and KSA Extended Dental and Health Plan

***Costs are subject to change. For a more accurate estimate, please search for flights on the field school departure and return travel dates through your preferred travel provider.

Field school scholarships and fundraising opportunities

Both scholarships and fundraising opportunities to help students pay for the field school are available.
Click here for information on scholarships and other financial assistance options.
More information about fundraising opportunities will be posted at a later date.

Payment Schedule


Program Fee


Where to Pay

Domestic Student (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident) & International Student

$500 Non-refundable deposit*

December 15, 2018

Student Enrolment Services or through Online Self Service

Final payment

Domestic Student (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident) & International Student


March 31, 2019

Student Enrolment Services or through Online Self Service


Tuition Cost – 6 Credits


Where to Pay

Domestic Student (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident)



Student Enrolment Services or through Online Self Service

International Student

See Tuition Estimator for 6 credits cost


Student Enrolment Services or through Online Self Service

*According to the Field School guidelines, should a participant decide to withdraw from a field school after the deposit deadline, s/he will forfeit the non-refundable deposit and this money will remain in the Field School Fund.

** The fee payment deadlines are set according to the regular university fee schedule in the university calendar.
Payment of academic fees, due dates, withdrawal charges, refund policies, and associated policies for academic fees are set as per the university calendar.

Please note that should a decision be made by KPU to cancel a field school due to low enrolment or other academic/risk issues, participants will be entitled to a full rebate of any payments made including the deposit.

Classes Offered

CORE COURSES: 3 credits each

Students can enroll in up to 6 credits of courses (ARTH 3100 or FINA 3202) with at least 3 credits comprising ARTH3100. Note that no studio art experience is needed to enroll in ARTH3100.

ARTH 3100: London Calling: Post-War Art and Consumer Culture
FINA 3202: This Is Tomorrow: Art Forms of Post-War London

Pre-departure classes begin: May 7, 2019
No post-travel debrief required for this field school


Pre -requisites as follows:

ARTH 3100: Any 6 credits of first or second year art history courses or 18 credits of any level university courses, or permission of the Instructor.

FINA 3202: Any 6 credits of first or second year studio/design courses, or permission of the Instructor.

If you are unsure of your qualifications, please contact the faculty leaders with questions.

To request permission, contact, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2018
Applicants must submit their online application and make their first payment of the $500 deposit by this date.
Please pay your $500 deposit directly to Student Enrollment Services or through Online Self Service by TBD.

Application from Outside KPU

Applications from college and university students outside of KPU are encouraged and will be accepted and considered based on the completion of equivalent course pre-requisites. Some offered​ courses are transferable between institutions. See the BC Transfer Guide for more details.​ 
To arrange your application if you are studying outside of KPU, please contact including where you are studying, your program, your expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Contact Information

KPU International

KPU International
Richmond Campus: R1400
Surrey Campus: Cedar 1145

Alex Leach - Surrey Campus

Faculty Leaders:

Dorothy Barenscott
(Art History Faculty)

Elizabeth Barnes
(Studio Faculty)



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