Management / Founders

The Course is designed and run by John Hall and Charles Hall.

After Oxford, John Hall taught for eight years at the King’s School, Canterbury. In 1965 he founded the Pre-University Course in Venice, which he still directs each year. He also arranges occasional tours in Italy – Italian Journeys – for parents and friends of course students. As well as occasional writing for The Times, The Field, Hortus, and a television play for the BBC, in 2002 he published his memoirs, GONDOLAS AND GRAPES – Enterprises in Italy, (Sibilline Press). Living now in the Marche region of Central Italy, he and his wife care for various fowl, dogs and cats and cultivate an olive grove and vineyard.

Charles Hall has worked with The Course for over ten years. He took his Master’s degree in Art History at London University, and has worked in music publishing and art and furniture restoration. He has two sons at school age.

Vicky Gillions is Course Manager. She has a BA in Art History and Architecture from Manchester University and previously had ten years experience working as Marketing Manager at Christie’s. She deals with enquiries, references, bookings, accounts, pre- and post-course information, travel arrangements, marketing and the website.

Patrizia Dowling, Italian, and resident in Venice, is married to an English lecturer at Venice University. She helps on the ground in Venice, Florence and Rome and can help students with everything to do with daily life in Italy.

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