Preparatory course for undergraduate programs


The Foundation Year is a 9-months propaedeutic program primarily addressed to international students with a high school diploma who wish to enroll into a state-accredited undergraduate program offered by Accademia Italiana but do not meet one or more of the minimum requirements for admission into an official Bachelor’s degree in Italy.
The Foundation Year is also a great opportunity for International students who, although meeting the requirements, wish to further improve their technical, cultural or linguistic skills.
The program is taught in English and it offers a general curriculum, well balanced between Italian language classes and both theoretical and practical classes on culture and methodology for art & design, thus aiming to provide students with an elementary background in the subjects they are interested in pursuing during their undergraduate studies.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year course, students will be eligible to apply to the Bachelor’s degree program of their choice amongst the ones offered by Accademia Italiana.


Course objectives

  • Learning Italian language up to B2 level CEFRL
  • Acquiring background knowledge on Italian culture, history, style and design
  • Developping basic skills in drawing, painting and photographying techniques
  • Acquiring design and project development skills
  • Portfolio building skills
  • Preparing admission interview for undergraduate accredited programs
  • Filling the gap to meet the minimum requirements to enroll in state-accredited programs in Italy



EU students:
  • Enrolment fee: 1.300 Euro
  • Tuition fee: 6.000 Euro

Extra-EU students:
  • Enrolment fee: 1.900 Euro
  • Tuition fee: 6.000 Euro

Educational path


  • Italian language
  • History of Italian Art (focus on Renaissance)
  • Italian Style


  • Sketching Florence
  • Photographing Florence
  • Painting techniques


  • Research and writing techniques
  • Design & Lateral thinking

Admission procedures

Minimum requirements for application:
  • having an adequate mastery of English (a minimum of B1 according to the CEFR)
  • having finished 11th year of schooling or being currently enrolled at high school in the 11th year of schooling
  • being 18 years old at the start date of the program (or having a legal guardian in Italy for underage students)


art and culture