Academies

Student and graduate work is directly affected by the philosophy, teaching methodology, and physical structure of the studio in which it is created. Ramiro Sanchez, the Director of the FAA’s Advanced Painting Program, says the following about building a student’s skill base: "As individuals are challenged to push their technical ability beyond their perceived capacity, they develop strength of character and the confidence necessary to become a professional painter. This helps create a state of mind in which they are certain of their choices. Our graduates will never stand in front of a blank canvas and feel lost. They will always be able to return to the method. They will never say ‘How am I going to do this?’ but will rather concentrate on what they want to say, and follow their inspiration."

SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence. SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.

Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing is an Italian centre of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented, didactic offer ranging from Design & Marketing to Management and Communication, in line with industry and fashion company needs. Polimoda relies on a team of professors with a solid background and experience in the fashion industry, a team focused on providing students with an updated education, always in-line with the fast changing fashion business. Our faculty is expert in the different fields of fashion design, marketing, management, branding, communication, trends, footwear and pattern design as well as research in fashion.

Parola is an Italian language school in Florence. Our Italian language institute offers a wide variety of Italian language courses in central Tuscany, and educational classes, and school activities in Florence to assist in the Italian learning process in Italy. Parola Italian language school provides stimulating yet friendly language lessons for the study of both written and verbal Italian. Our Italian language institute in Florence offers diverse language courses in Italy, including group Italian language classes, customized Italian language training and individual Italian language lessons in Tuscany.

A teaching method that combine artistic research, technical skills, contemporary design. All the programmes are conceived and structured in such a way as to guarantee all the students a preparation suited to their requirements, with many hours of practical lessons held by qualified teachers (craftsmen, artists, designers and professionals). The School benefits the collaboration of over 15 permanent teachers, who are supported by other Italian and foreign professionals, artists and designers for conferences and workshops.

The Italian language school ISTITUTO EUROPEO, situated in the heart of Florence on the corner of Via Tornabuoni, one of the city's most beautiful and famous streets, has specialized for several years in teaching the Italian language, art, music and culture to students from all over the world. The Istituto Europeo is the best place to study abroad in Florence. The teaching method of the Italian language course, based on the most innovative concepts of language instruction, gives students the opportunity to live the language on all levels and learn its spoken and written usage. Attention is placed both on the correct use of grammar and syntax as well as on the use of everyday language. A wide array of teaching materials and audiovisual aids are available to the students and are constantly updated, to better foster this purpose.

IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) is a professionalizing institution offering education programs in different locations, the IED Firenze campus is a hot spot for International and Italian students alike. Florence is the focal point of the Italian Renaissance and home to an incredible cultural, artistic and architectural patrimony. This location allows our students, international and Italian, to experience the amazing fast-paced city life of Florence as well as a professional, dynamic and interdisciplinary atmosphere. Tuscany is usually known for its gorgeous landscapes rather than its companies but it is in fact one of the most active areas in Italy for Design, Fashion and Communication. Companies such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Pucci, Prada and many others choose to produce their lines in Tuscany and make it the heart of “Made in Italy” luxury products.

The Florence School provide the highest international standard of art and humanities education that reflects the US pedagogical paradigm while taking full advantage of Florence, offering extraordinary educational, cultural, and professional opportunities for students. It was shaped by artists as an innovative studio arts and Italian culture program bringing forth new ideas and different approaches to living and learning in Florence, Italy. The FSFA is a unique place where students can become more conscious of themselves and of the cultural reality surrounding them according to their personal ways of observation and communication. It educates and encourages students who will become working artists of significance in local and global culture.

All Italian language lessons in Florence with the EUROPASS team are based on modern and innovative methodological principles that encourage immediate communication with ease and security, in real life situations. At all levels and in all Italian language lessons, the work is shared equally between the four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).