Florence Course Offerings

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
FLORENCE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1

Fall: May 1

*Some courses have additional course fees for academic field trips and/or materials which students must pay for on their own and are not included in our program fee.

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Italian. Courses are available in English and Italian. It is not mandatory to take Italian Language unless it is required by your home institution.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (4-5 courses). Students who enroll in more than 15 credits will be charged an additional fee per credit.

Final Transcript: Issued by University of South Florida.

**Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for the best course selection, as classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability.

All students MUST have DOUBLE the number of classes approved by their home institution than they actually plan to take. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in availability or schedule conflicts. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list one alternate class for each of your top choices, and all must be different.

COURSE FEES (NOT INCLUDED)

Some FUA classes have course fees that cover required academic field trips and/or materials, which are not included in the ASA program price. Students will pay applicable course fees directly to Florence University of the Arts after arrival. Click here for a list of Fall 2019 course fees.  Click here for a list of Spring 2020 course fees. Course fees are subject to change.

COURSE OFFERINGS & schedules

To view course offerings and schedules for your session, please click on the links below.  Course offerings and schedules are subject to change. NOTE: Students may not enroll in courses with a “pre-semester” component, as this conflicts with the mandatory semester orientation.  

Click here for Spring 2020 Course Offerings and Schedules!

Click here for Fall 2019 Course Offerings and Schedules!

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (SYLLABI)

ASA is happy to email you detailed syllabi/course descriptions for any classes you are interested in taking.  Simply send an email to hello (at) academicstudies.com and include the Course Code and Course Title.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Florence University of the Arts offers a number of classes that include an Experiential Learning Project.  An ELP is similar to an internship and is a great résumé builder.  It is a dynamic learning environment that increases students’ cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills through hands-on activities and interaction with the Florentine community.  In addition to regular class (lecture) hours, students who participate in an Experiential Learning Project will typically complete 150 hours of “learn-by-doing” through real work or research projects and integration with the local population.  Experiential learning hours are fully supervised by FUA instructors who track students step-by-step, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative.  This all-encompassing educational experience, based on theory and practice in real enterprises, will help students learn problem solving skills, leadership skills, and management skills.  To see a list of available classes that have an Experiential Learning Project, simply view the “Course Offerings and Schedules” link for your term (above), and then scroll to the section called “Department of Experiential Learning.”

FIELD LEARNING & SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Field Learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional classroom setting through field activities, field research, and service learning projects.  Field Learning and Service Learning content is not limited to just the course subject but seeks to supplement and enrich the topics covered in class. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while experiencing Italian culture, art, and community.  Faculty will lead students through guided projects and field experiences, helping them develop skills and appreciate the richness of Italian culture through direct contact with the culture.  To see a list of available classes that have a Field Learning or Service Learning component, simply view the “Course Offerings and Schedules” link for your term (above), and then scroll to the section called “Department of Field Learning.”

SUBJECT AREAS

ARTS & HUMANITIES

  • Accessory Design

  • Ceramics

  • Communications

  • Creative Writing

  • Dance

  • Digital Media

  • Drawing

  • Fashion

  • Fashion Design

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Fashion Technology

  • Film Studies

  • Fine Arts

  • Graphic Design

  • History

  • Interior Design

  • Italian Language

  • Italian Culture

  • Journalism

  • Literature

  • Mass Communications

  • Music

  • Painting

  • Performing Arts

  • Philosophy

  • Photography

  • Publishing

  • Religious Studies

  • Studio Art

  • Urban Studies

  • Video Production

  • Visual Communication

  • Web Design

  • Wine Studies 

BUSINESS

  • Advertising

  • Economics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Event Management

  • Hospitality Management

  • Finance

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Sports Management

NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Chemistry

  • Environmental Studies

  • Mathematics

  • Nutrition

  • Physics

  • Sustainable Development

SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Anthropology

  • Art Education

  • Art Therapy

  • Communications

  • Criminology

  • Economics

  • Event Management

  • Gender Studies

  • Hospitality Management

  • International Relations

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

  • Sports Management

  • Tourism Management

 

 

2019-2020 CLASSES + INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS:
FLORENCE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Students attending Florence University of the Arts can earn 3-6 credits for an Internship or Experiential Learning Project alongside their other classes. Internships and Experiential Learning Projects are NOT stand-alone, but take the place of one or two of your classes at Florence University of the Arts. Internship/ELP credits will count toward the total number of credits a student is allowed to take during their academic term. There is no additional fee for credit-bearing Internships and Experiential Learning Projects.

Participating in an Internship or Experiential Learning Project (ELP) during your study abroad program in Florence, Italy, is a fantastic way to gain work experience, meet Italian people, and add a unique bullet point to your résumé! You will have the opportunity to experience Italian culture in a much deeper and more hands-on way than your classmates who aren’t doing internships!

Students may apply for an Internship or ELP after being accepted to the ASA program, during the course pre-registration process. More on this, as well a list of available placements, can be found below.

All Internships and Experiential Learning Projects are for-credit and unpaid.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERNSHIP AND AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECT (ELP)?

An Internship has an Italian language minimum requirement. Internships are reserved for students who meet the language requirement. The required Italian level varies by placement – for example, some internship placements require an Elementary or Low Intermediate level of Italian, whereas others require an Advanced level. During an Internship, the student actively assists professionals in fulfilling daily tasks at external companies or organizations. The student does not receive academic instruction but learns by performing tasks. Internships typically take place at external companies or organizations outside of Florence University of the Arts, at various locations in the greater Florence area.

An Experiential Learning Project (ELP) does not have an Italian language requirement. During an ELP, the student learns by doing and observing the assigned tasks while receiving academic instruction. An ELP takes place at Florence University of the Arts or at one of Florence University of the Art’s CEMIs listed below (Community Engagement Member Institutions). This allows the ELP to be conducted in a primarily English-speaking environment. The CEMI will provide a challenging environment, where responsibilities and learning objectives will be assigned to the student from the very beginning.

Although Florence University of the Arts does their very best to place students in their top choice internship or ELP, we can’t guarantee any particular placement, company or organization.

HOW MANY CREDITS CAN I EARN?

Students can earn 3-6 semester credits for completing an Internship or Experiential Learning Project (ELP). The Internship or ELP will take the place of one or two of your classes and counts toward the total number of credits you are allowed to take during your term. Semester total credit load: 12-15. Summer total credit load: 3-6. Summer students who who want to do an Internship or Experiential Learning Project must enroll in one of the 6-week Summer Sessions (Summer A or Summer B). 

IMPORTANT: You will be required to complete 150 work hours, in addition to your class hours. Work hours typically take place on weekdays (Monday through Friday), but some internships and ELPs may require weekend hours as well. You will not be able to choose your Internship/ELP hours – they will be assigned to you, but they will not conflict with your classes.

Some internships and ELPs are worth 3 credits and do not have regular class meetings in addition to 150 work hours, while other internships and ELPs are worth 6 credits and have regular class meetings, in addition to 150 work hours. Number of credits, requirements, and full details can be found in the placement descriptions further down on this page.

For certain Internships or ELPs, it may be mandatory to take one Italian Language class.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES?

Prerequisites vary by placement. Some placements require previous work experience and/or coursework in the field, and some do not. Some placements are open only to certain majors. Any Italian language requirement will be indicated in the placement description as well. Please scroll down for a list of available placements and click the links to read the placement descriptions.

EXAMPLE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING LOCATIONS

Experiential Learning Project placements are located at the following CEMIs (Community Engagement Member Institutions) of Florence University of the Arts:

  • CCIS: Center for Cultural and Italian Studies

  • Corridoio Fiorentino: Photography and Design Gallery

  • Dimora B&B: FUA’s student-run Bed and Breakfast

  • Fedora: FUA’s pastry shop – open to the public

  • FLY (Fashion Loves You) and FAST: FUA’s Fashion Retail Store and Fashion Event Venue – open to the public

  • FUA Student Life and Development Office

  • FUA Communications Office / Ingorda Campus Press: FUA’s Publishing & Communications Office

  • Ganzo: FUA’s culinary arts creative lab, hospitality event venue, and student-run restaurant – open to the public

  • La Palestra: FUA’s on-campus gym

  • Sorgiva:  FUA’s on-campus full-service spa, health, and wellness facility – open to the public

SPRING 2020 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

SUMMER A 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

SUMMER B 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

FALL 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

SPRING 2020 INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

FALL 2019 INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR INTERNSHIP OR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECT

An Internship or an Experiential Learning Project is a job that gives you the opportunity to gain experience in the given field. It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts. That said, you need to be open-minded about the type of work you’ll be doing. For example, you may be assigned entry level work. However, if you “prove yourself” by producing quality work and showing your commitment to the job, the level of work assigned to you may improve. You will likely need to earn the trust of your supervisor first, which may take a little time.

You will participate in a mandatory Orientation after you arrive in Florence. This will help you understand what will be expected of you, what resources you have for support, and ultimately how to have a successful internship. Any academic obligations associated with your internship or ELP, such as papers, projects or reports, must be submitted to your supervisor or coordinator by the given deadlines.

Please be aware that Internships and ELPs cannot be dropped or changed once you have been assigned a placement.

Although this has already been mentioned, please be aware that you must complete 150 work hours as part of your Internship or ELP, outside of your classes. Work hours are typically scheduled Monday through Friday, but some internships and ELPs require weekend hours as well. You will not be able to choose specific work hours – they will be assigned to you – but they will not conflict with your classes. You may incur commuting expenses to and from your internship location, up to one hour’s duration each way, at the student’s expense.

Please be aware that by hiring you, the company or organization is making a significant investment of their time and resources. By accepting an internship, you are making a commitment to that organization, which must be taken seriously. You will be expected to complete your internship in full and complete all of the work hours associated with your placementONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED A PLACEMENT, YOU CANNOT DROP IT, CHANGE IT, OR WITHDRAW FROM IT.  You will be expected to put forth your best effort and attend all work hours. Just like going to class is required and any absences are documented, you are required to show up for work – on time, every time. No-shows are taken seriously. Repeated no-shows or general lack of commitment to your internship can result in your placement being revoked, in which case you would receive a failing grade and not receive the credits you have planned to earn.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP OR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECT

Your first step is to choose an Internship or ELP from the list of example placements on this webpage – read the description and ensure you meet the prerequisites. Once you have been accepted to the ASA program, you will be prompted to pre-register for classes at Florence University of the Arts by completing ASA’s Course Pre-registration Form. Simply list the internship/ELP, including the course code and title, on your ASA Course Pre-registration Form.

After submitting your ASA Course Pre-registration Form, you simply need to submit the following internship/ELP application materials to ASA, and then ASA will forward them to Florence University of the Arts. Internship/ELP application materials include:

  • Detailed CV (résumé). Must be focused on your academic and professional experiences that are related to your internship field.

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Motivation exploring the reasons for your application, your goals and expectations, and ideal outcome of the internship/ELP.

  • Depending on the field of your placement, a portfolio may be required. Fields that require a portfolio can include Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Theater Arts, etc. If required, your portfolio should contain relevant work from previous academic/professional experience. We will let you know if a portfolio is required.

  • If knowledge of Italian is required for your desired internship or ELP, an Italian language proficiency exam, which can be assessed via interview with a certified Italian language instructor or a placement exam.

Once Florence University of the Arts has reviewed your application materials listed above, they will email you directly to schedule a Skype interview. During the Skype interview, your interest and suitability for the position will be assessed. You are strongly encouraged to write down a list of questions before your interview so that you understand the requirements of the position, work location and distance from school, work hours, scheduling, dress code, and other details. Please dress appropriately for your Skype interview and have it somewhere quiet where you will not be interrupted or distracted. Be sure to consider what will appear behind you on the screen. Please take the interview seriously – you are applying for a job!

Those applying for an external Internship placement must undergo evaluation by both the FUA Experiential Learning and Internship Department and the external placement supervisor.

In certain cases, at the discretion of FUA’s Experiential Learning and Internship Department, a student may be required to take a preparatory class before being assigned to a placement. This will not only provide the student with the necessary theoretical background, but it will also allow the student to fully benefit from the experience. After successful completion of the course, the student may be re-evaluated for admission to an internship or ELP.

Once again, we cannot guarantee any particular placement, company or organization. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a placement.

Most students receive confirmation of their placement 2-4 weeks before their program starts, but in some cases the placement process could be longer or shorter.

Upon completing an internship or ELP, the student may request the following documentation to verify their participation:

  • An official document confirming the student’s attendance

  • Letter of recommendation from the on-site placement supervisor

  • Any other document that is required by the student’s home institution must be filled out by the on-site placement supervisor. It will reflect the on-site placement supervisor’s opinion on the student’s performance and will refer strictly to the tasks carried out by the student during his/her placement. Any such documents may only be completed after completing the internship or ELP.

 

 

2019 SUMMER PROGRAM:
FLORENCE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Application Deadlines

Summer I: March 1

Summer II: March 1

Summer III: March 15

Summer IV: March 15

Summer A: March 1

Summer B: March 15

APPLY EARLY for the best course selection. Courses are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability.

*Some courses have additional course fees for academic field trips and/or materials which students must pay for on their own and are not included in our program fee.

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Italian. Courses are available in English and Italian. It is not mandatory to take Italian Language unless it is required by your home institution.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 3-6 semester credits (1-2 courses). Students who enroll in more than the maximum credits allowed will be charged an additional fee per credit.

Final Transcript: Issued by University of South Florida.

All students MUST have DOUBLE the number of classes approved by their home institution than they actually plan to take. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in availability or schedule conflicts. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list one alternate class for each of your top choices, and all must be different. Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis and sometimes fill up.

COURSE FEES (NOT INCLUDED)

Some FUA classes have course fees that cover required academic field trips and/or materials, which ARE NOT INCLUDED in the ASA program price. Students will pay applicable course fees directly to Florence University of the Arts after arrival. Click here for a list of Summer 2019 course fees. Course fees are subject to change. 

COURSE OFFERINGS & schedules

**HELPFUL TIP!  Summer A and Summer B are 6-week sessions. The first 3 weeks of Summer A is Summer I, and the last 3 weeks of Summer A is Summer II.  The first 3 weeks of Summer B is Summer III, and the last 3 weeks of Summer B is Summer IV. 

Please use the chart below to explore Summer course offerings at Florence University of the Arts. Prices DO NOT include the Course Fees listed above.

You may not take more than one Italian language during any one session.

Links to Summer 2020 course offerings will be posted as soon as they are available.

Summer Session2019 DatesDurationNumber of Courses chosen from Session(s)Number of Credits Price
I Arrive May 11, Depart May 31 3 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from Session I3-6 credits $4,595 (3 credits) or $6,195 (6 credits)
II Arrive June 1, Depart June 21 3 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from Session II3-6 credits $4,595 (3 credits) or $6,195 (6 credits)
III Arrive June 22, Depart July 12 3 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from Session III3-6 credits $4,595 (3 credits) or $6,195 (6 credits)
IV Arrive July 13, Depart Aug. 2 3 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from Session IV3-6 credits $4,595 (3 credits) or $6,195 (6 credits)
A Arrive May 11, Depart June 21 6 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from:
Session A or
Session I + Session II or
Session A + Session I or
Session A + Session II
3-6 credits $5,395 (3 credits) or $6,995 (6 credits)
BArrive June 22, Depart Aug. 2 6 weeks Choose 1 or 2 courses from:
Session B or
Session III + Session IV or
Session B + Session III or
Session B + Session IV
3-6 credits $5,395 (3 credits) or $6,995 (6 credits)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (SYLLABI)

ASA is happy to email you detailed syllabi/course descriptions for any classes you are interested in taking.  Simply send an email to hello (at) academicstudies.com and include the Course Code and Course Title.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Florence University of the Arts offers a number of classes that include an Experiential Learning Project.  An ELP is similar to an internship and is a great résumé builder.  It is a dynamic learning environment that increases students’ cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills through hands-on activities and interaction with the Florentine community.  In addition to regular class (lecture) hours, students who participate in an Experiential Learning Project will typically complete 150 hours of “learn-by-doing” through real work or research projects and integration with the local population.  Experiential learning hours are fully supervised by FUA instructors who track students step-by-step, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative.  This all-encompassing educational experience, based on theory and practice in real enterprises, will help students learn problem solving skills, leadership skills, and management skills.  To see a list of available classes that have an Experiential Learning Project, simply view the “Course Offerings and Schedules” link for your term (above), and then scroll to the section called “Department of Experiential Learning.”

FIELD LEARNING & SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Field Learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional classroom setting through field activities, field research, and service learning projects.  Field-related content is not limited to just the course subject but seeks to supplement and enrich the topics covered in class. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while experiencing Italian culture, art, and community.  Faculty will lead students through guided projects and field experiences, helping them develop skills and appreciate the richness of Italian culture through direct contact with the culture.  To see a list of available classes that have a Field Learning or Service Learning component, simply view the “Course Offerings and Schedules” link for your term (above), and then scroll to the section called “Department of Field Learning.”

SUBJECT AREAS

 ARTS & HUMANITIES

  • Architecture

  • Art History

  • Accessory Design

  • Anthropology

  • Baking and Pastry

  • Culinary Arts

  • Fashion Design

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Fine Arts

  • History

  • Italian Language

  • Italian Culture

  • Journalism

  • Philosophy

  • Photography

  • Religious Studies

  • Urban Studies

  • Visual Communication

  • Wine Studies

 BUSINESS

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Hospitality Management

  • Marketing

  • Management

 NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Chemistry

  • Nutrition

  • Sustainable Development

 SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Food and Culture

  • Sociology

 
 
Jackie Cimino