Career Certificates

At Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and its Apicius School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality,  SAI offers Career Certificate Programs for students seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building professional experience in an international learning environment.

Career Certificate Programs may be taken for one session, one year or two years. Each year is comprised of two sessions, with pre-set “core classes”.

Students receive US credit for Certificate Programs through the University of South Florida.

Certificate in Culinary Arts

Students gain a solid foundation of Italian cuisine covering all aspects of professional culinary arts with an emphasis on Italian products, traditions, and regionality. The goal of the Culinary Arts Certificate is to impart Italian taste, refinement and the origins of a cuisine with ancient and multicultural roots. The tenets of professional cooking in the restaurant sector are taught as the basis from which students will then learn about Italian regional cuisine, wines, and Italian baking and pastry techniques.  The second session offers courses focusing on creative approaches to Italian cuisine and the principles of restaurant management.

Certificate in Hospitality Management

The Certificate in Hospitality Management offers international students a unique opportunity to specialize their studies in the field of hospitality, while studying in one of tourism’s most challenging and exciting cities in the world. The program is based not only on theory but also on practical experience consisting of site visits, guest lectures and internships organized to provide formative professional experiences for the students. The program is based in the center of this unique and sophisticated, city and is renowned for its expertise in teaching methods, ensuring a remarkable experience for each Hospitality student. Students enrolled in this program will take a pre-set block of courses.

Certificate in Italian Baking & Pastry

Italy has always been synonymous with great food and wine. The simplicity of the cuisine, especially of the sweets, breads and desserts is truly unique and cannot be paralleled by cuisines of other cultures. Regional differences and quality ingredients make it unequaled, along with the centuries of refining and perfecting the recipes of master bakers and pastry chefs. From rustic breads to festival sweets, Italian life is dominated by local specialties that mark each tradition: chocolate Easter eggs, Quaresimali cookies, zeppole, biscotti and gelato. The Baking and Pastry program is structured to give students an understanding of Italian Culture as well as the technical means to become professionals in the Baking and Pastry field. Students in this program will take a pre-set block of courses.

Certificate in Wine Studies & Enology

A wine expert is a qualified critic, salesman, and business manager. The professional sommelier possesses skills and knowledge on the subject of wine, and acknowledges the fundamental importance of wine to the culinary experience. The last decades have witnessed a substantial increase in career opportunities for professional wine experts: as sommeliers in the restaurant dining room, as chefs in the professional kitchen, as educators and writers, as winery representatives and winemakers, and as wine managers. The Apicius professional Wine Expertise curriculum is rigorous and offers students a wide range of future employment in the wine industry. A.I.S.H. is proudly partnered with internationally respected wine producers such as the Frescobaldi, Antinori, Guicciardini Strozzi, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, Berlucchi and Distillerie Nardini. Students in this program will take a pre-set block of courses.

Certificate in Accessory Design and Technology

Everything that shapes our world affects and inspires fashion, and the seduction of accessories pushes and pulls fashion ahead and behind its time. This two-year program in Accessory Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to enter the world of fashion accessory design and develop their personal techniques, styles and ideas with an Eco-sustainable focus. For motivated students seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. Studying local Florentine businesses, such as straw and leather manufacturing, the goal of the program is to provide a direct “hands on” experience in construction of accessories. The core courses, taught by professionals in the fashion industry, are integrated by seminars presented by local green mapped traditional artisans. The school provides equipped laboratories for tailoring, knitwear and leather, and also provides a Renaissance Ballroom for fashion shows. Each year is comprised of two sessions that include core classes. Each session studies include  core courses. The program includes portfolio development that enhances the students’ professional basis for careers in the fashion accessory industry. At FAST, students will study with competent and qualified instructors and will have an unparalleled quality in teaching that includes studying in a collaborative working environment that promotes exchange of ideas and methods between students and instructors.

Certificate in Eco-Sustainable Design

The goal of environmentally responsible design is to transform the building industry so that design and environment will enhance the health and well being of our planet. FUA offers  this professional certificate program for motivated students seeking new skills and knowledge about the principles of sustainable design while developing a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. This two-year professional certificate program offered by the Department of Eco-Sustainable Design prepares the students to enter the working world as professional interior designers. Emphasis is placed on the development of creative skills and problem-solving strategies necessary when designing for spaces requiring renovations and restorations with a sustainable attitude.

The School encourages a philosophy of “learning by doing” in which students integrate theory and practice in all of their studies, which increases personal growth, self-confidence, interpersonal skills, an understanding of self and diverse others, and a heightened sense of ethical standards. Each year consists of two sessions that include core classes.

Certificate in Fashion Design and Technology

Fashion designers are among the most influential and adulated individuals in modern society. What’s in a name? What’s in a brand? What makes a designer become a highly prized asset of a fashion house? FUA offers professional certificate programs for those seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. This two-year program in Fashion Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the fashion industry through direct experience and experimentation, thereby gaining knowledge of the historical and cultural traditions that provide the foundation for  today’s innovations in the world of fashion. By exploring Florentine fashion businesses, the aim of this program is to provide a direct “hands on” experience in fashion design and construction. Core courses, taught by professionals in the fashion industry, are integrated by seminars presented by local green mapped traditional artisans.

The courses are structured as handcraft workshops and create the bases of each discipline, through the different work technologies students learn to hands on and solve real market problems and have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the sector. The school provides equipped laboratories for tailoring, knitwear and leather, and also provides a Renaissance Ballroom for fashion shows. Each year is comprised of two sessions that include core classes and intensive weekend seminars. Each session studies include  core courses that provide a solid foundation.

The program includes portfolio development and internships that enhance the students’ professional basis for careers in the fashion industry. Students will study with competent and qualified instructors and will have an unparalleled quality in teaching that includes studying in a collaborative working environment that promotes exchange of ideas and methods between students and instructors.

Certificate in Photography

FUA’s professional Photography certificate program is for motivated students seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. Exploring the possibilities of the photographic medium, students will learn contemporary, traditional and digital image-making skills while examining the creative and critical aspects of the medium, developing their image-making practice and acquiring the practical and conceptual tools to evolve a more effective and individual visual language. To achieve these goals, students receive the full support of competent and qualified faculty  of  the school and adynamic group of photographers, artists, writers, filmmakers and curators with an exceptional diversity of approaches, who share their perspectives and experiences with the students within the context of a wide-ranging and stimulating course of study.  The professional certificate provides the opportunity to learn in an environment equipped with dark rooms and digital labs, including resources from multimedia and digital video in a professional shooting studio. An important part of the second year is the teaching assistant internship and the possibility of working with professional photographers, artists, agency, magazine and galleries. Internships allow students to gain valuable practical work experience. Each year is comprised of two sessions that include core classes.

Certificate in Publishing

The certificate in Publishing unites the creative forces of Apicius, FUA, and FAST in a single program of study in the publishing field. The year long program begins with the fundamentals and proceeds with the advanced skills necessary to design, edit, produce, publish and market published media. Particular focus is given to the magazine and book forms of published media and the unique structuring of the course allows students to partake in ongoing publishing projects of Ingorda for Florence Campus Publishing. Students must choose one of three concentrations offered in this certificate: publishing in the art world, gastronomy, and fashion. The final project is a student and faculty produced book that will make its way into mainstream and specialized markets. A lifestyle magazine is also produced in house with the collaboration of students.

Certificate in Visual Communication

Visual Communication is the process of designing and delivering cultural messages and stories to diverse audiences through film, video, or newer digital technologies which are not simply techniques, but, more broadly, the defining elements of our culture and society. This career development certificate program is designed to offer students a flexible set of interdisciplinary theory core courses and practice seminars sequences seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. The two-year program in Visual Communications gives students the opportunity to enter the global world of communications. In the quickly developing sector of visual communications, technologies are constantly evolving and continue to offer a wide variety of creative outlets. Digital medias, beyond the traditional ones, promote the development of new and unique visual languages which translate into alternative communication fields. Students develop a personal portfolio of works that will allow them the access to the visual communication professional world (web design, graphic design, digital illustration and computer graphic, digital video making and production). Each year is comprised of two sessions .