How to study in Italy: Accademia Italiana
What is the Accademia Italiana? Answer >>
The Accademia Italiana is an international school of art, fashion and design founded in Florence in 1984. It is one of the most important European Institutes in this field. It is the only private Academy in Florence and in Tuscany authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR: Ministero Istruzione, Università e Ricerca – D.M. n. 76 del 04/02/2013 e successive) to award bachelor’s degrees in the areas of fashion, design and photography. The AI in Rome has the same accreditation.
The schools also offer international bachelor’s degree programs accredited by important UK universities, masters programs and short and professional courses. The Accademia Italiana also offers the possibility of obtaining two degrees (Italian and international) by attending an integrated program.
One year intensive courses in Fashion Merchandising and in Design of Retail Spaces have recently been activated.
Thousands of graduates of the Accademia Italiana are today enjoying successful professional careers and are covering important roles in the design sector all over the world.
Where are the headquarters of the Accademia Italiana? Answer >>
The main headquarters of the school are located in Florence, just across from the Pitti Palace in Piazza Pitti. The other school is in Rome, in Piazza della Radio n. 46, not far from the historic center of the city (Trastevere). Both schools are found in prestigious well equipped structures.
What can I study at the Accademia Italiana in Florence? Answer >>
At the Florence headquarters four different bachelor’s degree programs are offered: Fashion Design, Design, Graphic Design and Photography. These courses are available in three different ways: First level academic diploma authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR), international bachelor’s degree program (BA (Hons) awarded by Nottingham Trent University (UK), integrated program with two academic awards (MIUR + international). The Florence headquarters also offers one and two-year professional programs (Window Displays Design, Art: Drawing and Painting, Fashion Merchandising, Design of Retail Spaces), masters programs in Fashion as Art and in Design of Interiors and Furnishings, summer courses (Fashion design, Fashion illustration, Drawing, Painting, Italian Product Design, Photographing Florence, Photography, basic course in Interior Design).
What can I study at the Accademia Italiana in Rome? Answer >>
At the Rome headquarters two different bachelor’s degree programs are offered: Fashion Design and Design. These courses are available in three different ways: First level academic diploma authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR), international bachelor’s degree program (BA (Hons) awarded by Nottingham Trent University (UK), integrated program with two academic awards (MIUR + international). A three-year bachelor’s degree program in Jewellery Design accredited by Nottingham Trent University is also offered. The Rome headquarters also offers one-year intensive programs in Fashion Design and in Interior Design, and summer courses in Fashion design, Fashion illustration, Drawing, Painting, and a basic course in Interior Design.
During the study period is there more attention to theory or to practical subjects? Answer >>
All programs at the Accademia Italiana combine both theoretical and practical studies. For this reason students have both classrooms and well equipped laboratories available for their work. Strong emphasis is placed on experimentation aimed at the design of innovative projects.
What are the professional possibilities upon completion of studies at the Accademia Italiana? Answer >>
A study conducted by our Institute revealed that more than 90% of the students who had completed their studies had begun working actively in the field within one year of graduation. Over the years graduates of the Accademia Italiana have had the opportunity to work or do work study experiences with prestigious names in the design field. Among them:
- Roberto Cavalli
- Emilio Pucci
- Donna Karan
- Ermanno Scervino
- Vivienne Westwood
- Valentino Fashion Group
- La Sterpaia (Studio Oliviero Toscani)
- Christian Lacroix
- Brook Brothers
- La Perla
- Calvin Klein
- Miu Miu
- Ralph Lauren
When do courses begin in Florence and in Rome? What are the enrollment deadlines? Answer >>
At the Florence headquarters the three-year bachelor’s degree programs begin on September 15. International bachelor’s degree programs in Fashion Design and in Interior and Product Design also begin on January 15. The Masters programs begin in October. At the Rome headquarters the three-year bachelor’s degree programs begin on September 22.
Summer courses are offered in the months of June, July and August.
Enrollments must be completed at least 45 days before the beginning of the course chosen.
What documents are necessary to enroll? Answer >>
According to the course chosen there are various ways to enroll and documents to present. The specific documentation and method of enrollment may be found on this web site, on the page Admission, enrollment and information (link).
In general you will need to fill out the enrollment form, signing the agreement to follow the rules of the school. To this you will need to attach a photocopy of your high school diploma, a photocopy of a personal identification card or passport, a small portfolio of your works and a motivational statement, and send these in together with the enrollment fee for the course in which you wish to enroll. For MIUR programs there is an admissions exam for all students who have not completed a specific five-year artistic high school or advanced studies in the area of the course chosen. A small portfolio of your works should also be included.
If you wish to enroll in an advanced semester you must also include documentation that certifies the studies completed and a portfolio of works to demonstrate your level of studies. An entrance commission will determine the level at which you may be admitted.
In which language are lessons taught? Answer >>
In the international programs the lessons will be taught both in English and in Italian language. Theory lessons will be held in English.
In the courses recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) lessons will be taught in both Italian and English language, theory lessons will be held in Italian.
Integrated programs will be taught in both English and in Italian.
What degrees are awarded? Answer >>
Upon successful completion of the three-year programs, and after having passed all relative exams students will be awarded the following: I level academic diploma recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) or International Bachelor’s degree. For all other courses students will be awarded the relative certificate or diploma of the Accademia Italiana.
Does the school provide housing for students? Answer >>
Once enrollment is complete students may request housing assistance from the AI housing office. This information service, which is free of charge, puts students in contact with landlords who have student housing available.
Where can I obtain further information about Accademia Italiana? Answer >>
You can request the full catalog illustrating all programs of the Accademia Italiana and detailed information (in English and in Italian), which you will receive free of charge by contacting us in one of the following ways:
telephone: +39 055 284616 or +39 055 211619
fax: +39 055 284486
Please remember to indicate your postal mailing address if you would like to receive a printed copy of the catalog.