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Italian + Arts in Florence

Italian + Arts in Florence

Linguaviva offers, in partnership with Santa Reparata International School of Art, a rich programme combining Italian language with courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography and Painting.
The programme provides monthly and semester courses.

MONTHLY PROGRAMME

28 lessons per week

The programme is suitable for participants who wish to combine Italian language lessons and art, design or photography and to enjoy the opportunity of following an art course in the heart of Florence.
An elementary knowledge of the Italian language is required as the art programmes are held in Italian.
No previous experience in art is requested. If you have already studied arts, design or photograph before or work in one of these fields you should send your portfolio in order for the school to evaluate your ability and to check if the course is suitable for your competence.
Italian lessons take place Monday to Friday in the morning at Linguaviva School, art classes take place in the afternoon at the Art School according to a schedule which will be given to you at the beginning of each programme.
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KEY FACTS          ITALIAN LANGUAGE
Lessons 20 lessons per week, 4 lessons per day, Monday through Friday.
Each lesson lasts 45 minutes
Schedule Morning
Duration 4, 8, 12 weeks
Groups Max 14 students
Levels From complete beginner to advanced A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (according to CEF level scale)

KEY FACTS MONTHLY ART COURSES
Lessons 8 lessons per week.
Each lesson lasts 45 minutes
Schedule Afternoon
Duration 4, 8, 12 weeks
Language Courses are held in Italian
Options

Students may choose one of the following programmes:

  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Painting
Courses available for min. 2 enrolments per each programme
Starting dates 2016
4th Jan, 1st Feb, 29th Feb, 29th Mar, 26th Apr,
23rd May, 20th Jun, 4th July, 29th Aug, 26th Sep, 24th Oct, 21st Nov
Art courses are suspended from 1st to 26th August 2016.

Italian Public Holidays 2016
Lessons will not take place on the following days: 6th January, 28th March, 25th April, 2nd June, 24th June, 1st November, 8th December.

TUITION FEES 2016 ITALIAN + ARTS
Monthly Programme
4 weeks € 1.450
8 weeks € 2.900
12 weeks € 4.350


SEMESTER PROGRAMME

32 lessons per week

This programme offers a balanced curriculum of studio art courses providing a very comprehensive experience for students who have chosen Florence as their place of study.
All studio art courses are taught in English. These hands on courses meet twice a week for a total of 6 contact hours per week for each chosen subject. Studio courses combine practical lessons, in-class demonstrations and slide presentations. Classes may include in-class lectures, discussion and on-site visits and instruction. Most academic courses are reading and writing intensive and will require also work outside of regular class-time.
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KEY FACTS ITALIAN LANGUAGE
Lessons 20 lessons per week, 4 lessons per day, Monday through Friday.
Each lesson lasts 45 minutes
Schedule              
Morning
Duration 16 weeks
Groups Max 14 students
Levels                
From complete beginner to advanced A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (according to CEF level scale)
KEY FACTS SEMESTER ART PROGRAMME
Lessons 12 lessons per week.
Each lesson lasts 45 minutes
Schedule              
Afternoon
Duration 16 weeks
Language Courses are held in English
Options

Students may choose 2 Studio Art courses from the following:

  • Fashion Design: Italian Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion: Garment Construction
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • New Media: Video, Sound and Installation
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking & Books Arts
Period
Spring: from 4th Jan to 22nd Apr 2016
Fall: from 29th Aug to 16th Dec 2016

Italian Public Holidays 2016
Lessons will not take place on the following days: 6th January, 28th March, 1st November, 8th December.

TUITION FEES 2016 ITALIAN + ARTS
Semester Programme
16 weeks € 5.400

Included in the tuition fees

  • Lessons
  • Accommodation placement service
  • Full orientation upon arrival
  • Placement test
  • Academic counselling for Italian Universities,
  • Career Schools and Vocational Programmes
  • Certificates
  • Linguaviva’s examination fee

Not included in the tuition fees

  • Textbooks and teaching material
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Bank charges
  • Insurance
  • Social activities

Art Courses – Monthly Programme

FASHION DESIGN
This multi-level course introduces students to the industry of Fashion. Class-time will be a mixture of in-class presentations and practical assignments where students will develop projects and assignments based on lessons given in class. Individual and group critiques are an important component of the program.

Beginner level
The structure of the course allows students to have a basic understanding of fashion design and trend. Students will learn to sketch the fashion figure with the correct proportions and in different poses, they will learn to draw garments on the figure and will learn to render different materials using markers and colour pencils.
Special attention will be given to the understanding of the timing and planning of a fashion collection.

Intermediate and advanced levels
Intermediate and advanced students will improve drawing skills and will work on specific market categories such us: High fashion, menswear, accessories and so on.

INTERIOR DESIGN
This multi-level course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of planning and furnishing interior spaces. Special attention is given to the study of Italian interior design. Class-time will be a mixture of in-class presentations and practical assignments where students will develop projects and assignments based on lessons given in class. Individual and group critiques are an important component of the program.

Beginner level
The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of planning and furnishing interior spaces. Students learn both manual drawing skills as well as computer graphics programs.
Students study both the history of interior design as well as discussing contemporary trends. Special attention is given to the study of Italian interior design. Students learn to read architectural models, drawings and plans as well developing knowledge of materials.

Intermediate and Advanced levels
Intermediate and Advanced students begin to develop an individual or group project based on the knowledge gained in the first part of the program

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills and basic techniques ofshooting images with DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras. Classes are a mixture of hands-on demonstrations, slide presentations, critical theory, individual group critique and open supervised lab work. You are expected to have a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) that permits manual adjustment of shutter speeds and apertures. You will also be required to have the camera USB cable as well as a memory card (1GB is suggested).

Beginner level
This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills and basic techniques of shooting colour and black and white images with DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras. Special emphasis will be placed upon aesthetic and visual concerns as well as presentation and craftsmanship. The course will base itself on the understanding and operation of the camera, manual exposure, composition, studio lighting and basic image correction through Adobe Photoshop.

Advanced level
Advanced students who already have a strong foundation in basic digital photography will be introduced to advance techniques of photo edition through Adobe Photoshop and Light-room software. By the end of the course, students will have developed an understanding of their own photographic language, and have acquired a more critical eye.

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
In this course students will learn basic principles and techniques of classical black and white darkroom photography. Classes lessons are a mixture of hands-on demonstrations, slide presentations, critical theory, individual / group critique and open supervised lab work. You are expected to have a 35mm camera that permits manual adjustment of shutter speeds and apertures.

Beginner level
At the beginning level students will be introduced to the basic functions of the manual 35 mm camera. And students will focus on producing clean well-developed images and mastering the technical aspects of traditional of the field.

Advanced level
Advanced students that have mastered the basic technical aspects of the darkroom will be introduced to alternative process and advanced darkroom development techniques. All advanced students will begin to create a body of work that reflects their personal style and ideas.

PAINTING
Students will be introduced to the technical and theoretical aspects of painting in a variety of medium. Studio assignments will be enriched by discussions, critiques, illustrated lectures, museum visits and the analysis of historic and contemporary paintings.

Beginner level
Beginning level students will work from still-life, nude models and on-site in the city. Lessons will focus on use of colour, value, and composition.

Intermediate level
Intermediate students will continue to build on the skills learned at the beginning level and will start developing their own personal visual language.

Advanced level
Advanced students are expected to have mastered the technical aspects of painting and will begin to build a body of work that reflects a personal style and ideas.

Studio Art Courses - Semester Programme

FASHION DESIGN: ITALIAN FASHION INDUSTRY
This course is structured to familiarize students with the history of Italian fashion design. From textile design and accessories, to haute-couture and prêt-a-porter, students will explore the many aspects of the Italian fashion industry. Visits to design studios, fashion exhibits and textile factories introduce students to the industry first hand. The history of Italian fashion component of the course will begin pre-World War II, explore the High Fashion in Rome during the 50’s, the birth of the Italian Fashion Industry in Florence, and ready to wear in Milan. There is a special focus, through videos and visits, on the lives and careers of the most relevant Italian designers of the 20TH century in order to offer a general understanding of the foundation of Made in Italy.

FASHION ILLUSTRATION
This course covers the fundamental notions in fashion illustration: fashion figure and garment interpretation. Students study and develop the basic structure unique to the fashion figure and its characteristics, history, stylization, influence, and use in fashion illustration. Students will learn to interpret draping quality and surface texture of fabric. Individual interpretation and creative drawing skills are emphasized.

FASHION: GARMENT CONSTRUCTION
This course will introduce students to the basic techniques of drawing, draping and sewing with constant individual help and always stimulating personal creativity. Students will learn how create fashion collections following their own fashion project development from the idea to the actual execution and presentation of the project. Students will learn technical skills such as sketching a fashion figure, sketching garments and how they fall on the body, learn how to use colouring media, such as markers, colour pencils, collage techniques etc. and at the same time learn how to organize a fashion collection. Field trips to museums like the Costume Gallery at the Pitti Palace and the Ferragamo Museum as well fashion/art exhibitions will be an important source of inspiration to develop personal projects.

INTERIOR DESIGN
This course will explore the history of Italian Interior and product Design over the last century and the influence and importance that the “made in Italy” label has had in Europe, the United States and the world.Students will explore the history of Italian Design over the last century through slide lecture, reading assignments and on-site visits to show rooms and museums. Attention will be given to the major artistic, socio-political and technological events and their influence on Italian Design.

PHOTOGRAPHY
You will learn photographic principles and techniques along with darkroom and laboratory procedures. Aimed at encouraging creativity, emphasis is given to developing a critical sense of the visual language that modern photography uses so expressively. An understanding of technical and critical skills in photography enables you to translate your ideas from other areas of art into the medium of photography.

NEW MEDIA: VIDEO, SOUND AND INSTALLATION
This course is designed to engage intermediate and advanced students in a contemporary art dialogue that is not medium specific. A conceptual understanding of the framework of the art context will bring students to engage in new sites of cultural production, new methodologies, technologies, or genres and expand on each students’ creative potential by introducing innovative and diverse approaches to art making.

PAINTING
Students will learn the basic techniques of pictorial representation. Initial projects introduce the workings of paint handling, which include: how to construct and begin a painting, the modeling of form through paint application, and the fundamentals of color mixing. Through studio assignments, students will explore a variety of approaches to painting and gain competence using these techniques and materials. Studio assignments will be augmented by discussions, critiques, illustrated lectures, museum visits and the analysis of historic and contemporary paintings. Through a series of studio projects based upon a variety of historical approaches to painting, more advanced students will strengthen their mastery of materials and techniques while developing an increased understanding of the relationship between form, subject and content. Museum visits, illustrated lectures, critical readings and critiques will supplement studio projects.

DRAWING
This course is designed for students wishing to learn, or improve, the essential techniques of object and observational drawing along with intermittent drawing of the human figure. During the program, students will be introduced to all principles and elements of drawing as well as the key techniques and media. Every lesson will have a precise goal and forms a progression of skills that students will build up over the course of the semester with the aid of weekly sketchbook exercises. Lessons are enhanced by lectures, onsite visits, and slides that include both old master and contemporary works.

PRINTMAKING & BOOKS ARTS
This intensive hands-on course will introduce students to the art of printmaking in relation to the creation of bookworks. Students will learn both printmaking and hand-bookmaking techniques which will culminate in the creation of original finished bookworks. Printmaking techniques we will explore include (though may not be limited to) linoleum relief printing, monoprinting and letterpress printing.

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