Florence University of the Arts: Career Certificate
Product Design 2019/20
Career Certificate

FUA Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive programs offering 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, Product Design, a Year 2 specialization, begins in Year 1 with Communication and Interactive Digital Media. This Year 2 Specialization in Product Design builds upon the foundation year and prepares students with the advanced skills and technical knowledge needed to conceptualize and create design solutions and products.


SAI Services
SAI Signature Services & Select Services available

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

Application Deadline
Academic year: June 15, 2019
Fall term: June 15, 2019
Spring term: November 1, 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Academic year: August 27, 2019 – May 15, 2020
Fall term: August 27, 2019 – December 12, 2019
Spring term: January 28, 2020 – May 14, 2020
Dates may vary as a result of add-ons


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: To enroll directly into Year 2 (bypassing Year 1), students must demonstrate previous experience (see Details & Program Overview).

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

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.



Program Overview
The Year 2 specialization program in Product Design allows students to progress in the digital communications field and is structured to develop a strong foundation of advanced prototype conceptualization, design, and product development management skills that can be applied to a variety of corporate markets. The Year 2 specialization includes a block set of courses that build on the foundational year in Communication and Interactive Digital Media (Year 1), however, students can choose to enroll directly into Year 2 if they meet certain prerequisites (see Prerequisites below).

Program Objectives
The Year 2 specialization in Product Design offers a rigorous focus on experiential and project-based learning, and will advance the student’s ability to creatively propose contemporary design solutions through the design thinking process, technical knowledge to design in 3-D formats, and how to design products from a brand perspective.

The academic year program courses will feature prototyping and research, design thinking, multimedia studios, 3-D printing, product and brand management, with a final portfolio during the second semester. The program will include heavy engagement and experiential learning, which will allows students to directly apply skills and knowledge to real-life situations. Students are mentored throughout the program by accomplished faculty that directly represent the industry.

Career Opportunities
The program focuses on both production and individualized skills necessary to find gainful employment in a wide variety of positions in the field, including 2/3-D Designer, Technical Designer, Materials Researcher, Product Developer, or Product Manager.

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 Product Design with the exception of students who enroll in the Direct Access Track (see Prerequisites, below), who will instead receive an official letter from Florence University of the Arts confirming their completion of the program, along with a transcript. All students receive undergraduate course credit and a US transcript issued by the University of South Florida upon successful completion.

Prerequisites
Year 2: To enroll in this Year 2 specialization in Product Design, students can either continue after completion of the Year 1 Communication and Interactive Digital Media or, begin directly in Year 2 by meeting the requirements below. For either option, students must have a high school diploma and be fluent English. Students wishing to enroll in the second semester of the program only, must submit a transcript demonstrating successful completion of course equivalents to the first semester courses.

Students wishing to begin directly in Year 2 without completing Year 1, can do so in the following ways:

  • Providing proof of completion of the courses equivalent to the Year 1 program (transcript required).
  • Direct Access Track: those with no prior academic background or experience can complete 2 pre-determined courses during the sessions prior to the start o the Year 2 program (see Courses).

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 session after the regular program has ended. Contact SAI for more details.

Optional Italian Language (fee applies, except for Direct Access Track students)
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. *Direct Access Track students’ supplemental tuition already includes this optional language course.

The Product Design specialization offers a Fall start date, and comprises two consecutive terms to create a full academic year. Please note that students also have the option to enroll in a single semester. Each semester includes a set of four 3-credit courses and one 6-credit course. There is also a 1-credit Health and Safety Seminar at the beginning of the first semester. In addition, there is a mandatory non-credit experiential learning project during the January intersession, and the experiential learning projects during the semester intersessions, where indicated, are also mandatory.

The Product Design Year 2 specialization courses are:

Optional intensive Italian Language (August intersession)

Fall Semester
Product Design Experiential Learning (session I)
Multimedia Studio I (session I)
Design Thinking (session II)
Prototyping and Research in Design (session III)
3-D Printing and Fabrication (session IV)

January Intersessions
Mandatory: Special Project Experiential Learning
Optional: Intensive Italian Language

Spring Semester
Multimedia Studio II Experiential Learning (session I)
New Product Development and Management (session II)
Product Packaging and Labeling (session III)
Brand Management (session III)
Portfolio Development (Session IV)

For the full detailed course descriptions, please click here.

Direct Access Track: Students who enroll in the Direct Access Track will complete two pre-determined courses in the two, 3-week short sessions prior to the start of their program:

Introduction to Product Design
Introduction to 3D Printing and Fabrication

For further information regarding direct access track please contact SAI admissions.

Career Certificate program students are offered the choice between SAI’s two services models: Signature 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 Signature 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
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 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 2019*
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline 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 2019*
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 2019*
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 2019*
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 27 2019*
Arrival & Program Start (Signature Services only)
Signature Services students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) between 9:00am and 6:00pm for SAI airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
August 28 2019
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 29 – 30 2019
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 3 2019
Classes Begin: Session I
September 19 2019
Classes End: Session I
September 23 – 27 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 1 2019
Classes Begin: Session II
October 17 2019
Classes End: Session II
October 21 – 25 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 29 2019
Classes Begin: Session III
November 14 2019
Classes End: Session III
November 18 – 22 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 26 2019
Classes Begin: Session IV
December 11 2019
Classes End: Session IV
December 12 2019
Program End
Signature Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

Please note: Arrival dates differ if Optional Italian Language, Internship, or Direct Access Track courses are added: Alternative Deadlines and Program Calendar


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2019*
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
*Direct Access Track Applications Due September 15 2019
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2019*
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 2019*
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 2019*
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
*Direct Access Track: Total Program Fee Due November 1 2019

On-Site Calendar
January 28 2020*
Arrival & Program Start
Signature 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 29 2020*
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 30 – 31 2020
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
February 4 2020
Classes Begin: Session I
February 20 2020
Classes End: Session I
February 24 – 28 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 3 2020
Classes Begin: Session II
March 19 2020
Classes End: Session II
March 23 – 27 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 31 2020
Classes Begin: Session III
April 16 2020
Classes End: Session III
April 20- 24 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 28 2020
Classes Begin: Session IV
May 13 2020
Classes End: Session IV
May 14 2020*
Program End
Signature Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

*Please note: Arrival dates differ if Optional Italian Language, Internship, or Direct Access Track courses are added: Alternative Deadlines and Program Calendar
*Please note: Students completing the full year program have graduation on May 14, 2020. Program ends on May 15, 2020.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: Fall Semester
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$14,700
Program Fee: Spring Semester
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$15,075
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Semesters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$20,675
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Direct Access Track (2 pre-semester courses)
Includes SAI Select Services, and optional intensive Italian or English language course.
$3,500
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,900
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,200
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$3,740
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,365/semester
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by single/double occupancy and meals.
contact SAI
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
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).
$10,800
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Semesters)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$13,400
Optional / Additional Fees:
Direct Access Track (2 pre-semester courses)
Includes SAI Select Services, and optional intensive Italian or English language course.
$3,500
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, no housing included.
$2,000
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$1,300
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$2,140
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Housing is only included in SAI Signature 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

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