Foundation Program in Art and Design
International students interested in pursuing an Arts or Design degree in Italy are able to enhance their knowledge and skills of art, design, fashion, and architecture in Italy, to build their personal portfolio and to learn the Italian language for admission to university or design school programs in Italy.
The Foundation Year is an internationally recognized program awarding Italian Ministry of Education academic credits and granting direct admission to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy, and preparing for admission to any university and design school in Italy.
The 9-month program includes 600 hours of classes and workshops; it is complemented by an exam preparation course, arts and design practical labs, and cultural excursions to the most charming sites in Sicily.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will achieve the CILS B2 level certification (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) and receive academic titles with legal value, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, valid for enrolment into Italian undergraduate degree programs.
Students enroled into the Foundation Year program are granted pre-enrolment to Bachelor degrees at the prestigious MADE Program, Fine Arts and Design Academy in Siracusa.
Students interested in enrolling in Italian university or design schools
Secondary school certificate or diploma Good English proficiency
Art & Design (English-taught)
20 Credits | 160 Hours
- Intro to Architecture and Design
- History of Italian Art
- Italian Society through Cinema
- Pathway workshops in Art and Design
40 Credits | 400 Hours
- Italian Language course (360 hours)
- C.I.L.S. exam preparation
Pathway workshops in Art and Design
Students will take part in a series of practical labs and hands-on workshops, guided by expert faculty that will help todevelop the core skills and techniques for art and design studio work and mastering artisanship with different materials.
The Pathway workshops will alsoexpand the student’s portfoliowhich is an essential requirement for enrolment in design degree programs in Italy.
History of Italian Art
Italy has been one of the most crucial centers of discovery in art and culture and the main phases of its art, especially from the Renaissance to the Baroque and Neoclassical periods, have influenced and still fascinate the world. The course is defined as a dynamic path towards the knowledge of the historical/theoretical phases of the most important profiles that characterize Italian history from the Middle Age to the most recent trends in art, including Futurism, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera and the Transavanguardia.
History of Architecture & Design
Students learn about the history of Architecture and Design in Italy from the early 19th century to today. After an overall introduction to the European artistic and cultural context, the course will develop the topics of the architect and designer’s role in Italian society and its transformation from the pre-industrial to the post-industrial age.
The Italian language course is offered as an8-month intensive programthat allows students starting at beginner levels to achieve the required upper intermediate (B2) level of Italian language competence required for enrolment into Italian university programs.
Students are taught byexpert, highly qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroomto achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading and listening comprehension.
C.I.L.S. Exam Preparation
Students take part in a 40-hour intensive C.I.L.S. exam preparation course, which will cover the best practices for academic writing, preparation tests with C.I.L.S. past papers and oral exam simulations led by instructors that are University of Siena C.I.L.S. examiners.
Syracuse Academy is a C.I.L.S. exam center. Students will be able to enroll in the spring exam session at the. end of May in order to achieve the B2 C.I.L.S. certification which is recognized by all Italian and international universities and design schools.
Italian Society through Cinema
The course aims to guide students through the main historical events of Italy as represented by Italian filmmakers from the 40s to today. Through a critical approach and group discussion, themes, directors, and actors that characterize the tradition and innovation of Italian movies will be
analyzed in relation to various national events, thus depicting a social history of Italy.
Syracuse Academy is a center for international education in arts and culture with a focus on the Mediterranean. Syracuse Academy offers joint programs with MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy and is a University of Siena CILS Italian language examination...
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