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SVA Masters Workshop 2011

Saturday, 5 February 2011

An expensive but amazing typographical holiday this summer is the two-week School of Visual Arts Masters Workshop, held annually in Venice and Rome.

The SVA program, now in its third season, is an intensive hands-on workshop in design history, theory and application. Attendees get to research and analyse the roots of typography, draw type and letters from the classic models, and share in a community of practice with a faculty of Italian and American design professionals, including Steven Heller, Lita Talarico and Louise Fili.

The course, split into two week-long sessions, includes visits to Trajan's Column, the Pantheon, and the Forum, to examine in detail examples of the earliest Western Roman inscriptions.

Week one, located in Venice, focusses on Italian letterforms, from the Futurist, Art Deco and Fascist Modern periods, whilst the second week moves to Rome where the emphasis is on the development of the Roman letter from the classical period.

According to the press release, there will be collaborations with noted Italian design organisations and media businesses which could result in publishable print and web projects.

Entry to the course will require you to submit a portfolio by April 1st, and turn up armed with a laptop and the CS Suite. The cost, which includes tuition fees and all travel, accommodation and site visits, is $6,700.

SVA Masters Workshop 2011
SVA New York