Florence University of the Arts: Career Certificate

Experience a global art, design & culinary capital.

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) offers 1 to 3 year Certificate Career Programs for motivated students seeking to develop new skills and knowledge while building a body of work and professional experience in an international learning environment. Programs are unique for their combination of in-classroom experiential learning and practice in the field within the dynamic local economy of Florence, Italy. FUA offers career certificates in key fields of communication, fashion design and merchandising, and hospitality, food & wine through Apicius International School of Hospitality (recognized by World Association of Chef Societies).

U.S. School of Record
beginning Fall 2024: St. Martin’s University (WA)

Language of Instruction

About 100 study abroad students from around the world.


  • Beginning and advanced specialization levels offed in all career programs.
  • Faculty members come from respected industry backgrounds in all fields including fashion, communication, hospitality, food and wine in Italy.
  • Unique experiential learning course opportunities and internships.

Florence University of the Arts offers both academic and professional programs to students seeking state-of-the-art classroom facilities with field experience gained through hands-on instructional training alongside outstanding professional teachers. In addition to its own state-of-the-art facilities FUA operates several Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI): Ganzo (local restaurant), Fedora (pastry shop), Sorgiva (spa), Dimora (FUA Guest Apartments), Ingorda (press), Corridoio Fiorentino (photography & design gallery), FLY (fashion boutique) all staffed by students.

Areas of Study

Fashion Design & Merchandising
Hospitality, Tourism & Gastronomy

Student Life at FUA

The school hosts weekly art and culture events at its restaurant, Ganzo, as well as photography and design exhibitions at the school’s gallery, Corridoio Fiorentino, offering opportunities to meet artists, authors, and mingle with fellow classmates and professors. Students are able to eat at FUA’s student-run restaurant and bakery, can get involved in student clubs, and can utilize the school’s gym, and other facilities.