Florence University of the Arts: Career Certificate
Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media 2020/21
Career Certificate

FUA Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive and offer pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career Certificate programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in pursuing a new career path. The FUA Career Certificate program, Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media is an introductory Year 1 program offering a foundational core of classes. Students can go on to complete Year 2, which provides specialization in one of four areas. The Year 1 Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media program provides a complete introduction to fundamentals in the field of the Italian and global fashion industry and contemporary practices.


SAI Services
SAI 360° Services & Select Services available

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form

Application Closes
Academic year: June 15, 2020
Fall term: June 15, 2020
Spring term: November 1, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Program Dates
Academic yr: Sept 1, 2020 – May 13, 2021
Fall: Sept 1, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020
Spring: Jan 26, 2021 – May 13, 2021
Dates may vary as a result of add-ons


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.

English Language: Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.



Program Overview
The career certificate program in Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media (Year 1) offers a general overview of Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media fundamentals applicable to one of four specializations in Year 2:

The Year 1 program includes a block set of courses that provide a structured learning experience and introduction to the field, with a focus on experiential learning and hands-on projects.

Program Objectives
This program will provide the student with a solid foundation to build and grow a diverse skillset in the fashion field, from design to marketing, through a common core of introductory courses in fashion retail management, sewing and construction techniques, accessory design, fashion marketing, and fashion, media and culture.

Special emphasis will be placed on understanding and developing skills needed to successfully operate a fashion retail enterprise, while simultaneously growing the students’ knowledge of Italian fashion icons, culture, and the global fashion industry, through a combination of lectures, projects and site visits to well-known luxury brands in Florence.

The program focuses on community engagement and experiential learning within FLY (Fashion Loves You), the school’s non-profit retail store, one of FUA’s unique CEMI organizations (Community Engagement Member Institutions) which are run by the university and provide practical learning opportunities for students. FLY is open to the local community, and showcases a luxury vintage collection, local, emerging designers, and a student-produced brand. Students directly apply skills and knowledge to this professional setting, and are mentored throughout the program by accomplished faculty that directly represent the industry.

Duration and Certification

Students can enroll in one semester (Fall or Spring) or complete two consecutive terms for a full academic year. Students who complete the full academic year will earn a certificate in “Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media.” All students receive undergraduate course credit and a US transcript issued by the University of South Florida upon successful completion

Prerequisites
Year 1: To enroll in this Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media Year 1 program, students must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and demonstrate fluency in English. Students wishing to enroll in the Spring Semester only, must submit a transcript demonstrating successful completion of courses equivalent to the Fall term courses.

Year 2: Students wishing to begin at the Specialization Year (Year 2) can qualify for Year 2 with one of the following:

  • Completion of Year 1 program
  • Demonstrating completion of courses equivalent to Year 1 program (transcript required)
  • Direct Access Track: completion of 2 required, pre-determined courses in the sessions prior to the Year 2 start date. For more details about Year 2 programs, please refer to the Year 2 pages under Program Structure.

Optional Internships (fee applies)
Students who complete a full academic year can supplement their program with either a non-credit 3 week internship or a 3-credit 6 week internship in their field of study. This internship can be added in the summer sessions after the regular program has ended. Contact SAI for more details.

Optional Italian Language (fee applies)
Career Certificate program students can supplement their program with a 3-week 3 credit, intensive Italian Language course that takes place prior to the fall and spring sessions. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of intensive Italian language are offered. Contact SAI for more details.

Year 1: Certificate in Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media
Starting in the Fall semester, the Year 1 Certificate in Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media comprises two academic terms. Please note that students also have the option to enroll in a single semester. Each term features a set of four 3-credit courses and one 6-credit course, with a 1-credit Health and Safety seminar at the start of the Fall semester. In addition, there is also a mandatory, non-credit, experiential learning project during the January intersession prior to the start of the Spring semester.

The Year 1 Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media courses are:

Optional intensive Italian Language (August intersession)

Fall Semester
Sketching and Rendering Accessories and HACCP Seminar (Session I)
Fashion Retail Management Experiential Learning (Session I)
Fashion Design Studio I (Session II)
Sewing and Construction Techniques I (Session III)
Faces, Facts, and Places in Italian Fashion (Session IV)

January Intersession
Special Project Experiential Learning

Spring Semester
Introduction to Accessory Design: Shoes, Bags, and Belts Experiential Learning (Session I)
Flat and Digital Patternmaking (Session I)
Visual Merchandise and Display (Session II)
Fashion, Media, and Culture (Session III)
Introduction to Fashion Marketing (Session IV)

For the full detailed course descriptions please contact us.

Year 2: Specialization Certificate
Students can continue (or begin, see Pre-requisites) their studies in one of four specializations:

Career Certificate program students are offered the choice between SAI’s two services models: 360° Services, which includes our full services and housing; and Select Services, designed for more independent students and no housing. The program fee differs for the two service models (see Fees & Budgeting).

SAI 360° Services includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & weekend excursion
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI Select Services includes the important on-site services!

  • Program tuition, with US academic credit
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2020*
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2020*
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2020*
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2020*
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
September 1 2020*
Arrival & Program Start (360° Services Only)
360° Services students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) between 9:00am and 6:00pm for SAI airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
September 2 2020
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 3 – 4 2020
AISH Academic Orientation
AISH orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 8 2020
Classes Begin: Session I
September 24 2020
Classes End: Session I
Sept 28 – Oct 2 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 6 2020
Classes Begin: Session II
October 22 2020
Classes End: Session II
October 26 – 30 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 3 2020
Classes Begin: Session III
November 19 2020
Classes End: Session III
November 23 – 27 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
December 1 2020
Classes Begin: Session IV
December 16 2020
Classes End: Session IV
December 17 2020*
Program End
360° Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

*Please note: Arrival and Departure dates differ if Optional Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added. Please contact our office for dates.


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2020*
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2020*
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
October 15 2020*
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
December 1 2020*
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 26 2021*
Arrival & Program Start (360° Services Only)
360° Services students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) between 9:00am and 6:00pm for SAI airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
January 27 2021
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 28 – 29 2021
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
February 2 2021
Classes Begin: Session I
February 18 2021
Classes End: Session I
February 22 – 26 2021
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 2 2021
Classes Begin: Session II
March 18 2021
Classes End: Session II
March 22 – 26 2021
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 30 2021
Classes Begin: Session III
April 15 2021
Classes End: Session III
April 19 – 23 2021
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 27 2021
Classes Begin: Session IV
May 12 2021
Classes End: Session IV
May 13 2021*
Program End
360° Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

*Please note: Arrival and Departure dates differ if Optional Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added. Please contact our office for dates.

*Please note: Students completing the full year program have graduation on May 13, 2021. Program ends on May 14, 2021.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: Fall Semester
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: Spring Semester
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Semesters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
Coming soon
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
Coming soon
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
Coming soon
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Coming soon
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by single/double occupancy and meals.
contact SAI
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 1 Semester
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Semesters)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, no housing included.
Coming soon
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
Coming soon
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
Coming soon
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

Housing is only included in SAI 360° Services programs. Students selecting SAI Select Services are responsible for securing their housing independently.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared or single bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Breakfast and/or dinner daily are included. Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.