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Drexel in Italy: Design in Florence
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
ITAL 101
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
3.25
Class Eligibility:
Junior
Eligible Majors:
Design and Merchandising, Fashion Design
Housing Options:
Apartment
Program Advisor:
Erica Sebastian
Program Description:

The Program

The Fashion in Florence program is open to Fashion Design, Design and Merchandising, and Product Design majors during the fall term of their junior year. Florence is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Italy, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. While living in Florence, students will have opportunities to be exposed to students from around the world, gain a global prospective of fashion, and learn a foreign language. Students take courses with design students from around the world, taught by Italian faculty at the Accademia Italiana. This is a great opportunity to be exposed to a global design perspective and be immersed in a different culture.

 

The Academics

Students take courses at the Accademia Italiana ("Accademia"), one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy. They will have the opportunity to visit the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, two of the most famous picture galleries in the world and be inspired by superb collections of sculpture at the Bargello, the Duomo Works Museum and more.  

Fashion Design Accademia Course Plan:
Students will earn 18* credits for coursework taken at the Accademia Italiana. Courses have been pre-selected by Drexel's Fashion Design Department. All students are required to take 1 term of Italian at Drexel prior to participation in the program.

Drexel Course Equivalent Accademia Course Title
FASH 343 Tailoring and Design - 4 cr Industrial Method Tailoring and Technique II
ARTH 335 History of Costume I - 3 cr History of Costume I
*ARTH 465 History of Art - 4 credits (or elective) History of Italian Renaissance Art
**ITAL 102 - 4 credits* language placement test required upon return Italian Language Basic II
FASH 450 Machine Knitting - 3 cr Industrial Knitwear


*Students who have already taken ARTH 102 may select 1 elective from the Liberal & Studio Arts Catelog. Students must obtain approval from the Drexel department. For example, if you select an Art History elective, Drexel's Program Director of Art History must approve a Drexel equivalent title and course number.

Design & Merchandising Accademia Course Plan
Students will earn 16 - 18* credits for coursework taken at Accademia Italiana.  D&M students take Italian and can select 4 other courses from the  Liberal & Studio Arts Course Catelog . All students are required to take 1 term of Italian at Drexel prior to participation in the program

Product Design Accademia Course Plan
Students will earn 16 - 18* credits for coursework taken at Accademia Italiana. Students should consult with their Program Director for guidance on selecting appropriate courses. Product Design students take Italian and select 4 other courses from the Product Design and Liberal & Studio Arts Course Catelog . All students are required to take 1 term of Italian at Drexel prior to participation in the program

Pre-Approved Courses

The courses below have been approved for Drexel credit. For any other course in the catelog, students must obtain approval from the Drexel department. For example, if you select an Art History course, Drexel's Program Director of Art History must approve a Drexel equivalent title and course number. 

ARTH 335 History of Costume I - 3 credits History of Costume I
ARTH 465 History of Art - 4 credits (or elective) History of Italian Renaissance Art
ITAL 102 - 4 credits* language placement test required upon return Italian Language Basic II
ARTH 336 History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I - 3 credits History of 20th Century Fashion


Grading: Students are taught by local Italian faculty. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of an American "C" or above. Students are not permitted to take more than 5 courses at Accademia.
 

Program Calendar

Arrival: Early September

Departure: Mid to late December (before Christmas)

 

The Experience

Arrival & Orientation: Accademia offers airport pick-up for groups of students arriving by a certain time. Students who choose to arrive independently will receive instructions on when and where to meet up with the group on-site.

The program starts with an extensive orientation on every topic relevant to student life in Italy, from public transportation schedules to cell phone providers to where to find the best deals on text books and daily needs. Students register for academic courses and are led on tours of the school buildings and facilities and the host city which highlight many typical day-to-day destinations such as daily markets, post offices, public transportation hubs, pharmacies, and more key essentials to help you get your bearings. Students will learn more about the discounts available at a number of book and art supplies stores, clothing stores and restaurants as well as local gyms.

Housing: Accademia offers a housing referral service that assists students in obtaining apartment housing in Florence. Students are placed in a double-room in a lovely, fully-furnished apartment within walking distance to the school and many historical sites. Student apartments are located in buildings which are home to Italians, allowing for a lively exchange of culture as well as the opportunity to immerse in the language. Students may request to share an apartment with Italians, an international mix or with other Americans. Each apartment varies slightly in size and amenities. The apartment owners will be able to provide you with all of these details. Students must pay their landlord directly for monthly rent which averages 350 - 400 Euro per month.

Student Life: Study abroad students in Italy have the opportunity to explore their host country through Accademia organized study trips, which are included in the program fee, to Italian destinations such as Venice, Milan, Bologna, Lucca, Siena, Naples, Pompeii and more. Many students choose to travel on the weekends as well.Accademia also organizes a host of local social and academic activities throughout the term such as dinners and trips to sporting matches and other cultural events.

International Student Body: Approximately 40% of Accademia's student body is Italian, 20% is American and the remaining 40% hail from across the world. This diverse make-up contributes to a unique learning environment in which students have an opportunity to exchange ideas and express their individual creativity within an international forum. The diversity also presents a unique level of immersion and the opportunity for students from multiple cultural backgrounds to explore the Italian language and culture together.

Visas: All students are required to apply for an Italian visa in order to study abroad at Accademia. 

 

Money Matters

Students will be responsible for paying their apartment deposit and monthly rent directly to their landlord in Florence. Please refer to the program Budget Sheet link at top of this page for cost details.

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid applies. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.



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