ISIA/WT Summer School 2016, Deadline: May 23rd. Apply Now!
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ISIA Urbino/Werkplaats Typografie
Summer School 2016


In 2009 two remarkable schools, with a course in Graphic Design, Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEZ), Arnhem, The Netherlands and ISIA Urbino, Italy, joined together to set up an international Summer School. Due to its success and great responses from the students who took part in it, we continue to organize a next edition, this summer 2016. We’d like to draw your attention to this and call for your application and the application of your friends.

The Summer School takes place in a former convent in the heart of the beautiful Renaissance town of Urbino in Italy. This is where ISIA Urbino is located. It’s one of the best universities for Graphic Design in Italy, solely devoted to the design practice. It has all the (technical) facilities you might expect from a good school, and as a participant of the Summer School you are allowed to use these facilities for free during the course.

Urbino is a walled city and a World Heritage Site in a hilly area in the province Marche. It hosts the University of Urbino founded in 1506. It’s main attraction is the Palazzo Ducale, which started to be built in the second half of the 15th century. It houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world (Raffaello, Piero della Fracesca, Paolo Uccello).

Since it’s a Summer School (and not a real school, with credit points, a diploma, etc.), we want you to have a good time. First of all, at this school you can never fail. Secondly, you will always learn and gain many valuable things from it. You are challenged to make your best work ever, to discuss it, improve it and present it. Whatever your output is, not necessarily a poster or a book, the best part is definitely what you learned from it. How to develop an idea, do your research and investigate in your formal approach. You will get good and individual feedback on your work. You will meet new fellow makers, who have a similar background, or a background in other artistic disciplines. You will share this once in a lifetime experience with them. You connect yourself to a new and international group of ‘students’, who will become future friends and an invaluable new network.

What We’re Looking For

We’re looking for (young) professionals and students in the field of (graphic) design, (writing, photography, illustration, self-publishing), art, architecture and theory. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you’ve done, what your interests are, how much experience or education you had. This Summer School offers an opportunity for anyone who has lots of talents, is inspiring and a non-conventional thinker and maker. Candidates, with an authentic, open and critical mindset, who are interested to learn, to explore and re-think their own work in a unique context and setting, who don’t mind working over summer, instead of going to the beach, are very welcome to apply. The course we offer is in English, the food is Italian.

Who Are the Tutors

During the two weeks that the Summer School takes place you will be guided by tutors who have connections to both institutions. The tutors at the Summer School 2016 are Armand Mevis, Maureen Mooren, Leonardo Sonnoli and Barbara Visser. All four supervisors have an outstanding international reputation with their independent design and art practices, and are experienced tutors. They will encourage you to make a work in response to a question, derived from it’s specific site, it’s culture and history and what this could all embody. Each tutor will also deliver a lecture about their work.

Since it’s really about your work and your work only, we won’t restrict you by telling you what to do, or in which medium you have to express yourself. You are free to explore the theme in your own way, in your own language, within the medium of your interest. During the Summer School we will offer you a critical voice, with the aim to help you to formulate and sharpen your ideas and how to explore and formalize them. It’s the perfect place to try new things, explore new territories, to do the things you haven’t done before. There are plenty of workspaces, either inside or in the courtyard outside. You can explore Urbino and its surroundings, visit historic sites, use the library at ISIA, ask us and fellow students tons of questions, and get inspired.



The Summer School takes place from Sunday 24th of July, until Friday evening on the 5th of August. We will welcome everyone with drinks on Sunday the 24th of July, from 6 PM till 9 PM and start next day.


1.000 euro


The application deadline is on Monday the 23rd of May, 2016.


ISIA Urbino, Italy


The courses are held in English

If you are interested in applying, please send your portfolio and your CV (in PDF format) with the following information:

family name
address (street, city, state, country)
school or office

Once you’re accepted we will contact you before Monday June 6th. Within two weeks after notification, which is before June 20th. you have to pay the enrollment fee of 1.000 euro, to be officially registered as a student.

A maximum of 24 students will be accepted. The selection will be made by the tutors of the Summer School.



You can book a room in the university campus set outside the old city centre on the nearby hills of Urbino and within walking distance. You can check room availability and book your accommodation at this form.

In order to complete the booking you will need to pay by bank transfer. You can also book a room in any of the hotels in Urbino. Look for a room here and here or download a list of other accommodations.


You don’t need a car in Urbino, but just a pair of good legs to walk the steep streets of the city. Urbino can be easily reached by a direct local bus service from the nearby train station of Pesaro.

You can take an international flight to one of the nearest airports, which are in Rimini, Ancona and Bologna, or take a flight to Rome, Milan, or Venice. From any of these towns you can take the train to Pesaro.



ISIA Urbino
Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche Via Santa Chiara 36
61029 Urbino PU
+39 0722 320195


The previous Summer School’s focused on a variety of themes, all loosely related to Urbino. Urbino, as a site, can offer much in terms of anyone’s practice. The following themes has been addressed so far:

Heritage (2015)
Urbino as a stage (2014)
History/Stories (2013)
Language and translation (2012)
Time and Preservation (2011)
Urbino, The Ideal City (2010)
Urbino, A Cultural Identity (2009)

You can download pdfs of the previous Summer Schools to give you an indication of what students have been working on. For 2016 a new question will be defined, which we will share with you once you arrive in Urbino.

About the Tutors

Armand Mevis is the other half of Mevis & van Deursen, based in Amsterdam, and is head of the Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEZ) in Arnhem.

Maureen Mooren has a design practice in Amsterdam and is professor at HGB in Leipzig.

Leonardo Sonnoli has a design practice in Rimini, is professor at ISIA and a member of the AGI.

Barbara Visser is an artist and a critic at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and is the chair of the Academy of the Arts, in Amsterdam.

The summer school will take place if we have a guaranteed number of 24 students.


Website by Jin Kwang Kim and Fred Cave
(Werkplaats Typografie/ArtEZ)
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