Florence University of the Arts
Visual Communication 2018/19

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 Visual Communication exposes students to the process of designing and delivering messages and stories to diverse audiences through film, video, and emerging digital technologies.


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, 2018
Fall Quarter: June 15, 2018
Spring Quarter: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates*
Academic Year: August 29, 2018 – April 13, 2019
Fall Quarter: August 29, 2018 – November 17, 2018
Spring Quarter: January 22, 2019 – April 13, 2019
*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
Visual Communication is the process of designing and delivering messages and stories to diverse audiences through film, video, and emerging digital technologies that are not simply techniques, but, in a broader sense, the defining elements of our culture and society. This two-level program is intended for applicants who are seriously considering a career in fields related to Visual Communication. An emphasis on design, production, and innovative visual ideas guide the student through interpreting visual language for the intended user across all aspects and applications. Students will interpret and “deliver” in print and electronic form. Thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and internationalized teaching approaches, students challenge their design approaches through projects, exhibitions, and the creation of a professional portfolio. The constantly evolving forms of digital media generate the development of new visual languages, which translate into the parallel growth of fields that demand the necessary skill and expertise to operate as a professional.

Program Objectives
The program provides the professional training necessary to be prepared to enter into the world of visual communications. It develops students’ abilities and prepares them for professional careers in a constantly developing industry, which encompasses a wide range of exciting fields. Throughout the program, students will receive individualized attention and support from professional faculty and visiting artists. At the end of the program, the students will be equipped with the skills necessary to excel in professional environments and fully developed portfolios of work.

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 Visual Communication Career Program.

Level I – Fall Quarter
Mission: The aim of the beginning level is to provide students with a basic comprehension of visual communication, with reference to our culture and lifestyle. Students will be moreover introduced to the basic classic and digital photographic techniques, visual communication concepts and web design, they will also be taught to be aware of the concept of visual and to test their abilities and interests, in order to understand whether they are inclined towards the professional visual arts.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Digital Photography Experiential Learning
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Magazine Editing and Publishing
  • Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio I
  • 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 visual communication with special reference to the communication in Magazine and in Publishing. Students study digital photography and receive detailed information on the web and podcast techniques. Students will work on special projects and develop their skills in specific visual communication and publishing topics.

Core Courses

  • Intermediate Digital Photography Experiential Learning
  • Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio II
  • Fashion Magazine Project I
  • Introduction Web Design
  • Introduction to Rich Media: Podcast Production

Level III – Fall Quarter
Mission: The aim of this level is to deepen student’s visual skills, their knowledge and evolution through the study of the most important contemporary graphics multimedia communication instruments. The study of digital techniques will be continued, and more challenging and creative techniques are practiced. Students are introduced to the video making techniques and learn how to manage the light and different type of prints format.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Video making Experiential Learning
  • Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio III
  • Multimedia Studio I
  • Introduction to Art Direction
  • Teaching Assistant

Level IV – Spring Quarter
Mission: The aim of the fourth level is to develop student’s ability and acquaintance. An overview of worldwide visual communication will be provided, in order to allow students to compare different cultures and to develop their own style. The goal of this semester is to achieve and complete the Portfolio as the basis for demonstrating the ability of entering in a work environment.

Core Courses

  • Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio IV
  • Multimedia Studio II Experiential Learning
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Portfolio Development IV Special Project in Visual Communication and Publishing
  • Special Project in Visual Communication and Publishing

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
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 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 deposit payment date.
June 1 2018
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 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 28 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.
August 29 2018
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 30 – Sept 3 2018
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 4 2018
Classes Begin
September 24 – 28 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 22 – 26 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 15 2018
Classes End
November 16 2018
Program Graduation
November 17 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


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2018
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 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 deposit payment date.
October 15 2018
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 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 22 2019
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 23 2019
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 24 – 28 2019
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
January 29 2019
Classes Begin
February 18 – 22 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 18 – 22 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 11 2019
Classes End
April 12 2019
Program Graduation
April 13 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 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).
Coming soon
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature 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. Cost is per quarter.
Coming soon
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).
Coming soon
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
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
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

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.