Florence University of the Arts
Accessory Design & Technology 2017/18

FUA Career Programs are subject-intensive sessions offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in a new career. Students can enroll in fall quarter (beginner-level) or spring quarter (intermediate-level) sessions, or complete a full academic year. The Career Program in Accessory Design is intended for students who wish to enter the accessory design and production industry equipped with skills and knowledge from both a creative and production perspective.


SAI Services
SAI Signature Services & Select Services available

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

Application Deadline
Academic Year: June 15, 2017
Fall Quarter: June 15, 2017
Spring Quarter: November 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates*
Academic Year: August 29, 2017 – April 14, 2018
Fall Quarter: August 29, 2017 – Nov 18, 2017
Spring Quarter: Jan 23, 2018 – April 15, 2018
*dates may differ as a result of add-ons


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Subject Experience: Students enrolling at beginner level need not have prior experience. Students wishing to begin at intermediate / advanced levels must demonstrate prior experience.

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
Florence and the region of Tuscany are a leading point of reference for Italian accessory production. The Career Program in Accessory Design is intended for students who wish to enter the accessory design and production industry equipped with skills and knowledge from both a creative and production perspective. The program is unique for its specialization in the finest leather and textile materials used in the industry, the traditional and innovative approaches to accessory construction and modeling, a focus on the history and sociology of fashion through accessories, and the technical training applied to improving accessory design and style research. Students will encounter the creative practices in the accessories field in order to develop a distinct style, learn how to collaborate with industry figures such as creative and art directors, and gain the tools necessary to create accessory collections that reflect a strong brand identity. The sophisticated teaching approach and facilities are combined with student development through stimulating projects and exhibitions on and off-campus, and the creation of a professional portfolio.

Program Objectives
The program provides the professional training necessary for creating and constructing fashion accessory products. Throughout the program, students receive individualized attention and support from professional faculty and visiting artists. The school provides students the opportunity to develop their skills by learning from a team of highly recognized academic faculty flanked by visiting fashion designers. The end of each year will culminate with the event of a runway fashion show organized by students, faculty and professional fashion designers supported by local business.

Duration and Certification
Career Program students can enroll in one session (quarter) or one year, with the option of extending for another year. Students receive undergraduate credit for each session. In addition, students who complete one year of the program receive a Certificate. Students who go on to complete the two year program have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants in introductory level courses.

Prerequisites
In order to start at the beginner level (fall term) students must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and demonstrate fluency in English. Students wishing to begin in a more advanced session (either enter at the second term or in the second year) must qualify by demonstrating ability and knowledge in an entry exam, as well as submit a CV and portfolio.

Optional Internships (fee applies)
Career program 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. Contact SAI for more details

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

Career 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, with U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • 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 and loan processing
  • 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 U.S. 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

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Students completing one quarter (Fall or Spring) should note that Fall Quarter is Beginner, and Spring Quarter is Intermediate. For a full description of the program structure see Accessory Design & Technology Career Program.

Level I – Fall Quarter

Mission: The aim of the beginning level is to provide students with a basic comprehension of accessory design, with reference to Italian style and culture. Students will be moreover introduced to basic construction techniques, drawing and rendering techniques, they will be taught to be aware of the concept of fashion and to test their abilities in this field.

Core Courses

  • Footwear Design and Construction I
  • Handbag Construction Techniques I
  • Sketching and Rendering Accessories
  • Fashion Retail Management Experiential Learning
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Optional Course: Italian Language (available prior to Fall program start)

Level II – Spring Quarter

Mission: The aim of the Intermediate level is to deepen student’s knowledge in accessory design with special reference to the construction techniques. Students study footwear and handbag design and will receive detailed information on the cad techniques for pattern making. Continuing students work on special projects and develop their skills in specific accessory design topics.

Core Courses

  • Line Building for Accessories Experiential Learning
  • Footwear Design and Construction II
  • Handbag Construction Techniques II
  • CAD for Fashion: Advanced Pattern-making
  • Faces, Facts and Places in Italian Fashion

Level III – Fall Quarter

Mission: The aim of this level is to deepen student’s accessory design skills, their knowledge and evolution through the study of the most important manufacturing techniques and more challenging and creative methods. Seminars will introduce to the advanced construction techniques and teach how to manage the straw and different type of other materials.

Core Courses

  • Line Development for Accessories I
  • Accessories Collection Design and Production I Experiential Learning
  • Accessory Studio I
  • Leather Technology
  • Teaching Assistantship

Level IV – Spring Quarter

Mission: The aim of the fourth level is to develop student’s ability and acquaintance. An overview of worldwide fashion and accessory will be provided, in order to allow students to compare different approaches and to develop their own style.

Core Courses

  • Line Development for Accessories II
  • Accessories Collection Design and Production II Experiential Learning
  • Accessories Studio II
  • Portfolio Development IV
  • Special Project in Accessory Design

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2017
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 2017
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 date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
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.
June 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 29 2017
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.
August 30 2017
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 31 – September 1 2017
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 4 2017
Classes Begin
September 25 – 29 2017
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 23 27 2017
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 16 2017
Classes End
November 17 2017
Program Graduation
November 18 2017
Program End
Signature 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 Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2017
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)
October 1 2017
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 date of acceptance.
November 1 2017
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 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 23 2018
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 24 2018
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 25 26, 29 2018
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
January 30 2018
Classes Begin
February 19 – 23 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 19 – 23 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 12 2018
Classes End
April 13 2018
Program Graduation
April 14 2018
Program End
Signature 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 Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 1 Quarter
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$12,700
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$15,900
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,625
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,460
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$3,250
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom. Cost is per quarter.
$1,000
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 Quarter
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$9,400
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$9,850
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, no housing included.
$1,915
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$1,750
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$2,040
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, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom 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. 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 90 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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