Florence University of the Arts
High School Summer 2018
3 - 4 weeks / 6 - 9 credits

SAI and FUA are pleased to offer high school students from all academic backgrounds the possibility of earning 6 – 9 college credits and living for three or four weeks in one of the most treasured centers of art, culture and history in the world, Italy. Students will experience Italian culture hands-on while participating in a variety of classes in the arts and humanities in this summer enrichment program.


Application Deadline
April 3, 2018
Apps accepted as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
2 Academic letters of recommendation

Highlights

  • 4 week program includes 1 week field learning travel course
  • Inclusive excursions and daily activities

Program Dates
3 weeks: June 24, 2018 – July 13, 2018
4 weeks: June 17, 2018 –July 13, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 15 to 18

Academic Year: Currently enrolled in high school or recent graduate.

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

High School GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

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



Communications and Publishing
Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
Fashion, Accessories and Tech
Fine Arts
Food and Wine Studies
Italian Studies and Linguistics
Liberal Arts
Sport and Health Sciences

Communications and Publishing

3.0 Credits
Mass Communications | Course #: CP MC SM 180 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This course provides an introduction to social media and its emerging forms in contemporary society. Topics include usage, tools, strategies, and the pros and cons of related to the social media platforms currently in use and in development. Case studies will focus on both private and business practices in social media, and the impact of social media on society and professional fields. The course will conclude with an analysis of the future trends in social media.
Contact Hours: 45

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH SP 220 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Basic photography experience and knowledge will be helpful. a digital camera: 5,0 mega pixels minimum with an optical zoom lens at least 3X or a 35mm reflex camera with a zoom lens, or a wide angle + 50mm + a telephoto lens.
Street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of city streets, searching for what Henri Cartier-Bresson, probably the most famous street photographer of all, termed the Decisive Moment When it comes to street photography, many photographers traditionally choose to work in black and white, focusing the viewers attention on the subject by eliminating the distraction of color. Wide-angle lenses are used by photographers who like to get in close to the action, a method that encourages interaction between the photographer and subject. Another technique is to use a lens with a long focal length to take photos from a distance and throw the background out of focus. Techniques mastered by Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Costas will be examined.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion, Accessories and Tech

3.0 Credits
Accessory Design & Technology | Course #: FT AD CA 345 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday, July 1, there is a Mandatory Field Learning in Arezzo
This course introduces students to the design and construction of hats and bags made from creative materials such as straw and non-leather materials. 3D design principles and hat making techniques are studies and applied to wearable and non-wearable creations. Students learn basic skills of millinery construction through the methods of patterned and blocked forms, and how to work with and acquire an in-depth understanding of the introduced materials.
This course features an Experiential Learning Project at FLY (Fashion Loves You), a Florence boutique. Garments produced will permanently remain at FLY for placement in window displays, photo shoots and other special installations throughout the seasons.
Contact Hours: 90

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Ceramics | Course #: FA CE CE 200 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Lab Fee Required
In this course, students will work on pottery and/or ceramic sculpture projects. In the first part of the course, emphasis will be on different clay hand-building techniques. In the second part of the course, students will progress to a variety of surface decoration techniques and different methods of firing. Slide lectures will give students essential information on the nature of clay and glazes. the history of Mediterranean ceramics will be covered during in-class lectures. Students will be introduced to local Tuscan artisan traditions and the work of contemporary ceramic artists during field trips.

(90 hours: 45 lecture hours - 45 studio hours)
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD FS 225 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
This course is designed to take full advantage of the student's unique experiences living and studying in the city of Florence. With on-site inspiration channeled into artistic creativity, students will draw on location at sites of historical significant and visual interest ranging from architectural masterpieces, landscape vistas and medieval streets to formal gardens, street markets and Renaissance fountains. Slide lectures will document the rich history of how Florence and its environs have attracted and inspired visiting artists for centuries. Students will develop individual sketchbooks with the aim of building up source material for future projects.
Contact Hours: 45

Food and Wine Studies

3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FW FC FC 340 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: *This course is cross listed under different departments
This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as "made in Italy" culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Studies and Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Italian Studies | Course #: IS IS CI 200 HS | Open
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Pre-requisite: Mandatory pre-departure readings must be fulfilled prior to program start. This course includes an Italian language component for beginning-level students. *This class is crossed listed under different departments.
The course provides students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and broadens one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Students will be on assignment as travel scholars, starting in Rome and moving north through the region of Tuscany. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and aims to provide students with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic, architectural, and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Studies | Course #: IS IS GG 201 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: *This course is cross listed under different departments
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Arts

3.0 Credits
Art History and Architecture | Course #: LA AH AH 210 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This introductory course is aimed at students who have little or no background in the history of Western Art. Before examining the beginnings of Renaissance art which took hold in Florence in the early years of the fifteenth century, students will be given a broad overview of Greek and Roman art and architecture the emulation of which is fundamental to understanding the cultural revolution of the Renaissance. Through onsite visits to medieval churches and palaces in Florence, students will early on become become familiar with the Romanesque and Gothic styles in which the first Renaissance painters, sculptors and architects had their roots and from which they were dramatically to diverge. Since site-visits are a significant part of this course, the focus will be on Florentine artists who will include: Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. By way of comparison consideration will also be given to other art centres in Italy such as Venice, Siena and Ferrara. As well as analyzing the style and subject matter of works of art, students will learn about the techniques of painting and sculpture and comparisons will be made with techniques in other countries in the same period, for example the use of oil paints in Flemish painting.

Mandatory Field Learning in Pistoia and Prato:
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Contact Hours: 45

Sport and Health Sciences

3.0 Credits
Sport Management | Course #: SH SS HN 150 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: *This course is cross listed under other departments
Studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, especially when combined with exercise. This course includes lectures on various forms of physical and lifestyle activities and an overview of their respective health benefits. Lectures will also include visits to athletic centers within the local community and the nutritional aspects of the Mediterranean diet, and particularly the Italian culinary tradition. Cooking labs, wine tastings, and physical activity are integral components of the course and will result in the creation of a customized exercise and nutritional program by the student. This course also features a field learning component in relevant Italian locations to supplement and enrich academic topics.
Contact Hours: 45

The High School Summer program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to earn college credit abroad. The program includes staff dedicated to the student group: 1 staff member for every 7 students. In addition, staff members stay with students in accommodations (1 staff member for every 10 students at night), in order to be available 24 hours per day. The program includes planned events and excursions for a rich social and cultural experience, as well as two meals per day. All courses are taught in English, and take students out into the city for first-hand experiences. Please note that students receive an Italian transcript from FUA for courses taken. US transcript can be added for an additional cost.

Summer High School 3 weeks (6 credits)
Students spend three unforgettable weeks living and studying in the heart of Florence. Students enroll in two elective courses for a total of 6 credits. Courses are supplemented by daily activities and weekend excursions.

Summer High School 4 weeks (9 credits)
Students begin in Rome with a 1 week (3 credit) “Cultural Introduction to Italy” field-learning course in which students travel from Rome to Florence. Students then spend three weeks in Florence completing two elective courses (6 credits). Please note that students in this program fly into Rome and out of Florence.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through their FUA student account. Upon confirming intention to pursue the SAI high school program at FUA, students receive login information for their FUA student account.


Pre-Departure Calendar
April 3 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 26 2018
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.
April 25 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 24 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 24 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). Airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to housing.
June 25 2018
FUA Orientation
Students are introduced to FUA, available resources, and their professors.
June 26 2018
FUA Classes Begin
July 12 2018
FUA Classes End
July 13 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students check out of housing by 10:00am. Return transportation to Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) is provided.

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 3 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 19 2018
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.
April 18 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 17 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 17 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) for the Cultural Intro to Italy course. Airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to program check-in.
June 18 2018
Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces students to their program while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 18 – 24 2018
Cultural Introduction to Italy Course
Students travel as a group and stay in hotels.
June 24 2018
Students arrive in Florence
Transportation is provided in the program cost.
June 25 2018
FUA Orientation
Students are introduced to FUA, available resources, and their professors.
June 26 2018
FUA Classes Begin
Regular 3 week classes begin.
July 12 2018
FUA Classes End
July 13 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students check out of housing by 10:00am. Return transportation to Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) is provided.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 3 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$4,800
Program Fee: 4 weeks / 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,600
Optional / Additional Fees:
US School of Record Transcript
For students wishing to receive US college credit for their courses.
$205

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to Rome/from Florence
$900 $1,100
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 $475
Personal Expenses $200 $350

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes full services!

  • Program tuition
  • Accommodation in student apartments with live-in Residence Assistants
  • 2 meals per day
  • Airport pickup and return
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Comprehensive orientation to the host city and school
  • 24-hour on-site supervision and support
  • Daily extracurricular activities designed to help students discover Florence and Italian culture
  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources

Students are able to participate in supervised social, cultural and athletic activities in the afternoons Monday through Friday each week. Following is a sample of these activities.

Connecting Cultures City Walks
Through guided walks through the most significant neighborhoods of Florence, students gain an understanding between the past and contemporary Florence, maximizing their experience by venturing into areas they might not explore on their own and connecting with the community.

Sports Night
Sports night is an opportunity for students to experience Italian soccer. Students who don’t wish to play enjoy watching and cheering on their classmates.

Musing Club
Students explore the world of music and performing arts in Florence, through operas, performances, and venue visits.

Taste Italy
Students join hands-on culinary workshops led by chefs at Apicius, featuring topics such as fresh pasta and gelato, with the goal of developing a deeper awareness of Italian food culture.

Aperiganzo/Aperiat
Students join weekly art openings, book presentations and talks at AperiGanzo. This is a great opportunity to meet artists, authors and mingle with fellow classmates, FUA professors and members of the Italian community.

Mind and Body
Mind and body weekly activities include fitness and wellness opportunities to inspire and empower students. Activities include guided runs and power walks through new neighborhoods, motivational workshops, and self-defense training.

In addition, students participate in two field-learning excursions, which are integrated into the academic courses that they take in Florence.

Siena, Capital of Culture Between Tradition and Innovation
Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city’s Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini was to influence the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape. The excursion includes an architectural walking tour of the city, a visit to an earthenware and crystal producer, and a tasting of local Sienese products.

Taste of Italy: Flavors of Parma & Modena
This exciting field learning activity will give students a chance to experience first hand the process of production for three typical Italian products: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. This is an excellent opportunity to learn all the secrets behind these high quality products, which is what makes each of them unique and superior to the imitations that can be found all over the world.

The Creative Heart of Tuscany: Pistoia and Prato
Discover the roles that the Tuscan cities of Pistoia and Prato have played over the centuries in the design, development, and manufacturing of Italian products. As two of the major towns in Tuscany, the history of Pistoia and Prato is strictly connected to that of Florence. Both cities are rich with medieval and Renaissance history. The cities still possess well-conserved historic centers rich in art, monuments, churches, and palaces, and are known for typical local products. In Pistoia, the production of light industry (furniture, food, footwear, textiles, and mechanical products) has its roots dating back to the 16th century. Prato, the second largest city in Tuscany, has been historically renowned for its textile industry. Prato is also home to the Textile Museum which boasts samples and documents dating from the 5th century to the current day.

Students enrolled in the high school program are offered safe and relaxing accommodations, fully equipped and monitored 24/7 by live-in Resident Advisors. During the one week field-learning course, Cultural Introduction to Italy, students are housed with other students in various hotels along with their Resident Advisor. While in Florence for three weeks, student share accommodations (half board) located in the city center, a few steps from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and FUA facilities.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI Programs 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.