Visual
Arts & Design
Semester in Florence

Spring 2023 Semester in Art & Design
January 9 - May 6, 2023
Spring Application Closed

Art and Design in Florence

Accent Global Learning joins forces with Studio Arts College International (SACI) to offer an exciting opportunity in Florence for students of art and design. Students will enroll directly with Accent in Florence and pursue coursework in art and design, as well as study the Italian language and explore the local culture. 

 You are invited to an extraordinary study abroad program for those who wish to cultivate their creative art and design skills while exploring the history and culture of Florence. 

Academics

Accent and SACI partner to offer art and design curriculum that incorporates a focus on social impact through creative, community-based innovation. Students are encouraged to enroll in advanced studio work in their own discipline, while exploring new areas of art and design through introductory coursework. All curriculum embraces Florence as a classroom, with studio and academic work extending beyond the walls of two state-of-the-art study centers into the city’s streets and squares, museums and galleries. The curriculum embraces transdisciplinarity and emphasizes dialogue between the arts, sustainability, and core craft and skill development. 

Faculty, most of whom are active professionals in their own fields of art and design, guide students through both theory and practice-based coursework that culminates in end-of-semester projects and portfolio development.  


Spring 2023 Course Offerings 

With Florence as its extraordinarily rich cultural setting, visual arts courses promote the development of artistic skills, the expression of creative processes, and an informed awareness of how art practice intersects with current visual, cultural, and societal concerns. All courses offer 3 credits. 

Introductory courses  

No prerequisites 

  • Ways of Seeing: Drawing 
  • Ways of Seeing: Photography 
  • Ways of Creating: Ceramic Sculpture  

Advanced courses 

Students should have junior standing, having completed at least four semesters of 2D art studios 

  • Drawing: Experimentation 
  • Visual Arts: Collaboration 
  • Photography: Portraiture 
  • The Artist’s Book 

In addition to the above courses, all students are required to take an Italian language course (3 credits). 

An additional liberal studies elective, Women & Art (3 credits), explores Florence’s museums to understand the role of women as artists, subjects, and patrons of art, investigating intersections between art history and women’s and gender studies. This course is optional.  

Design courses emphasize craft and skill across disciplines and media: graphic design, digital media, bookmaking, fashion, and more. Studio classes and labs conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and seminar courses help students develop their personal creative visions. All courses offer 3 credits. 

Introductory courses  

No prerequisites 

  • Ways of Communicating: Introduction to Digital Media 
  • Ways of Communicating: Introduction to Typography 
  • Ways of Being: Design & Social Responsibility 

Advanced courses 

Students should have junior standing, having completed at least four semesters of 2D art studio courses

  • Communication Design: Community 
  • Bookmaking and Independent Publishing 
  • Design Project Communication 
  • Fashion Collection Management 

In addition to the above courses, all students are required to take an Italian language course (3 credits).  

An additional liberal studies elective, Women & Art (3 credits), explores Florence’s museums to understand the role of women as artists, subjects, and patrons of art, investigating intersections between art history and women’s and gender studies. This course is optional. 

Program At A Glance

    Program Price: $15,500

  • 15 course credits
  • Transferable college credit for this program is offered through Paris College of Art (PCA) – accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and candidate for accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Please verify if your home institution requires regional accreditation for credit transfer.
  • Housing: shared apartments or family homestay
  • Guided day excursions outside Florence to sites such as Siena and Pisa
  • Welcome and farewell meals, and cultural activities such as a cooking class, guided walking tours throughout Florence, and museum visits
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24-hour emergency and counseling support
  • Pre-departure and overseas orientation program
  • Overseas information and resource center with Accent Florence on-site staff

  • Small class sizes, close relationships with faculty who lead frequent visits and tours outside the classroom
  • Faculty with extensive research and field experience in their area, many of whom are practicing artists and designers
  • Portfolio development
  • Museums, archives, neighborhood tours, on-site lectures

Students choose between two housing options: shared apartments or homestay. In shared apartments, students live in double or triple rooms within apartments hosting 4-7 other international students. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen and bathroom. Students also have the choice of living with a Italian family in a homestay. This is a unique opportunity to immerse in Italian language and culture. Homestay placements include four weekly dinners and daily breakfast.

  • Pre-departure academic orientation: late November
  • Departure from U.S.: January 8
  • Arrival in Florence: January 9
  • Overseas orientation – health, safety, housing: January 10
  • Academic orientation: January 11-13
  • Classes begin: January 16
  • Spring break: March 13-17
  • Final exams and critiques: May 2-5
  • Program ends: May 6

All participants must check in at Accent Florence Center on January 9, 2023 between 9am and 5pm (Note: most transatlantic flights arrive one day after their departure date). Airfare is not included in the program fee.


Application Procedure and Requirements

Successful candidates must have a least two years of studio courses.
Rolling admissions open today. Apply by October 21, 2022, including payment of the $50 application fee.
Within two business days, you will receive an email with access to the PCA-Accent application portal. On the portal you will:
  • Submit a Portfolio of 10-15 recent works showing your readiness to undertake the program for which you are applying.
  • Write a Personal Statement (approximately 500 words) elaborating your goals for your time in this program.
  • Submit a copy of your most recent academic transcript. For the admissions phase this can be an unofficial copy. However, an official copy must be submitted before enrolling in classes.
Upload all materials within 3 days of receiving portal login.
Receive your admissions decision by October 28, 2022 and pay $2,000 non-refundable deposit by October 31, 2022.
Courses must reach a minimum enrollment to be confirmed. Students will submit a rank of preferred courses with their application and portfolio. Course enrollments will be confirmed by November 7. Students may submit a petition to withdraw from the program by November 9 if the available courses do not align with academic needs for their degree progression.

Payment Schedule

Non-refundable first payment due October 31, 2022 – $2,000
Second payment due November 9, 2022 – $6,750

Final payment due December 2, 2022 – $6,750
The payment schedule is the applicant’s contractual obligation. Failure to make each payment when due shall automatically cancel participant from the program. All payments are effective the day they are received by the Accent U.S. Office. Accent, in its sole discretion, may reinstate an applicant subject to availability of space and late enrollment fees. The program participant shall be the client of Accent for all purposes.
Program price does not include
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal expenses, passports, visas, books, supplies, and anything not listed as included
  • Meals, other than described

Cancellations

Cancellation Fees:
Cancellation between October 31st and November 8th: $2000
Cancellation between November 9th and December 20th: $3000
Cancellation after December 21st: No refund
All cancellations must be made in writing to Accent and are effective the date of receipt by Accent. Participants are liable for payments until written cancellation is received by Accent.
Covid-19
The health and wellbeing of all students, faculty and staff are paramount to Accent Global Learning. Accent has worked with a Medical Advisor following WHO and local health authority guideline to put protocols in place. Students will learn about Covid-19 related protocols, health resources and local regulations through pre-departure materials and in on-site orientations.
All participants are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Should a participant test positive for Covid-19, they will be required to self-isolate at their own expense.

At any point before or during the program, should PCA or Accent’s protocols deem necessary to cancel the program for any health or safety reasons, Accent and PCA will attempt to refund all recoverable fees and costs.

Questions?

Contact Lilia Lamas, Senior Programs Coordinator
lilia.lamas@accentglobal.com

 

Ready to spend a semester in Florence?


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