Florence University of the Arts
Fall Tutto Toscana 2020
6 - 9 credits

This specialized 4 week Fall program offers a unique opportunity to study hospitality, visual arts, or food management in both Florence and New York City. Students select one or two 3-week courses in FUA’s short session II that feature a course project geared towards the preparation of FUA Tutto Toscana events and activities in NYC. After the 3-week session in Florence, students continue with the fourth week of events at the James Beard Foundation in NYC. The coursework features 3 different areas of involvement and allows students to take on the challenge of bridging two cosmopolitan cities through hospitality, the visual arts, and food management, with the objective of bringing Tuscan culture to NYC. This program is open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students.


SAI Services
SAI Select Services

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Motivation letter (max 1 page)
Resume
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form

Application: now open
Closes: June 15, 2020
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
October 2, 2020 – October 31, 2020


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: this program is open to beginner students; no prior experience required.

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



Tutto Toscana is an academic program that lasts for 3 weeks in Florence, Italy, and transfers to NYC for a week of real life events at prestigious locations. NYC event venues include our yearly James Beard Foundation location. Students specialize in their choice of 3 available areas – event planning, art direction, and food & wine management. In NYC, the team of students and faculty fully produce and provide digital media coverage of events intended to showcase contemporary Tuscan cuisine for the US public.

Participating students will walk away from the experience having created, planned, organized and successfully realized a high-profile event from an intercultural point of view.

The capstone events of the Florence-NYC edition in the fall season culminate at the James Beard Foundation (JBF), America’s most renowned reference in the world of gastronomy and the professional restaurant industry. JBF is a non-profit foundation founded in honor of a great culinary patron, James Beard, and carries on Mr. Beard’s desire to spread culinary awareness through education. In addition to the foundation’s educational efforts and its program of hosting chefs and restaurants from around the world, its yearly food industry awards recognize America’s established and emerging gastronomic talents. The foundation is located in Mr. Beard’s former home in the heart of the charming West Village in NYC, and is where the Tutto Toscana team has the honor of producing and serving its event concepts to the foundation members and the general public.

4 week program: 3 weeks in Florence + 1 week in NYC (6 – 9 credits)
Students choose from 3 different areas of event organization and production and complete courses in that area for a total of 6 – 9 credits. Students begin with 3 weeks of academic and event preparation in Florence and conclude with the event week in NYC. The event concept and details are managed and organized by students and faculty after a deep cultural and academic immersion in Florence, and executed as a team during the week of event staging on location. Students may take one or two 3 credit courses from within the same area or combine any two courses from within areas 1 and 2 only.

Area 1 – Event Planning & Communications

Florence Courses:

  • Introduction to Event Management: Theme development, front of the house involvement at Ganzo for TT, event budgeting, event decoration and guest relation strategies.
  • Tuscany and its Wines: Creation of wine lists for NYC, food and wine pairings of event menus, analysis of wines selected for NYC, wine service on Ganzo Fridays and at the Thursday trial dinner
  • Visual Communication Fundamentals Studio II: Menu layout development, visual research, analysis of how to express the theme in event materials, planning of all visual details of events.

NYC Course:

  • Food and Wine Pairing and Wine Service Experiential Learning: Front of the house operations and event management, logistics, blog writing for Tutto Toscana, social media contributions.

Area 2 – Digital Media & Visual Arts

Florence Courses:

  • Advanced Digital Photography: Photography project regarding location, props, photos for TuttoToscana blog, portraits of students who will be in NYC, design visual portfolio of the TuttoToscana project.
  • Visual Communication Fundamentals Studio II: Menu layout development, visual research, analysis of how to express the theme in event materials, planning of all visual details of events.
  • Art and Places: From Renaissance Florence to the Contemporary Metropolis: Strategies to prepare students for the impact of the cosmopolitan city, from the Renaissance to the contemporary, research the connections between NYC and Florence, blog writing for TuttoToscana.
  • Introduction to Watercolor: Watercolor illustration techniques and methods developed to capture Florence from a fine arts perspective according to the TuttoToscana theme. Illustrations may be used for TuttoToscana materials and blog.

NYC Courses:

  • Iphoneography + Art Direction – Digital Media and Visual Art: Photo and video coverage of events, image production for blog and social media, photoportraits and video interviews of the team.
  • Art and Places: New Trends in Contemporary Art + Painting En Plein Air: Analysis of art history and art in the metropolis, field learning at relevant art-related sites, fine art representations of NYC, curation of art event, blog writing for TuttoToscana.

Area 3 – Food Management and Production for Special Events

Florence Courses:

  • Breads of Italy – Specialty Breads and Pizza: Designs and produces the bread selection for NYC to be tested on Ganzo Fridays and at the Thursday trial dinner of Session II Week 2. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will prepare breads for all of the event menus.
  • Baking Techniques II – Italian Pastry Techniques EL: Fedora lab course that prepares the dessert list for NYC and tests recipes for client feedback and costing at Fedora. Recipe testing for the Thursday trial dinner of Session II Week 2. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will be involved in the prep and dessert service for all events.
  • Tradition of Italian Food II: NYC Recipe testing, prep, and execution for two Friday Ganzo dinners. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will be involved in the menu service for all three events, and menu prep for two out of the three events (excludes final gala event)
  • Physiology of Taste & Flavor EL: NYC recipe testing for final NYC gala event. Students from this course who are also enrolled in the Intersession Week III course in NYC will participate in the two Friday Ganzo dinners for menu execution (no prep). Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will participate in the prep for the final gala event and menu execution at all events.

NYC Course:

  • The Italian Chef’s Table Experiential Learning: Food production management, cost control, menu prep, menu execution according to the students’ level and experience

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 (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
July 4 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.
August 3 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
September 2 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
October 2 2020
Arrival & Program Start
Students should plan to be in Florence, and moved into their independent housing by this date.
October 2 2020
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, and culture.
October 5 2020
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information.
October 6 2020
Florence Courses Begin
October 22 2020
Florence Courses End
October 22 – 23 2020
Independent Travel to NYC
October 24 2020
NYC Orientation
October 26 2020
NYC: Tutto Toscana Course Begins
October 30 2020
NYC: Tutto Toscana Course Ends and Program Ends
Students are free to return home.
November 6 2020
Final Papers Due
After program ends.
November 11 – 13 2020
Online Oral Presentations of Final Papers
After program ends.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 3 credits Florence + 3 credits New York
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: 6 credits Florence + 3 credits New York
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housings (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Housing in Florence: Shared Room
3 weeks housing during Florence portion, shared room.
Coming soon
Optional Housing in Florence: Private Room
3 weeks housing during Florence portion, private room.
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

This program is offered as a Select Services program, as it is designed for more independent students. However housing can be an optional add-on for the Florence portion of the program.

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
  • SAI alumni network

Housing in Florence
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services programs. Students can, however, decide to add SAI housing for their time in Florence, for a fee. SAI housing is provided in student apartments 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.

Housing in New York
Housing is not available for the New York City portion of the program; participants must secure their own housing. The following are suggested housing solutions; participants secure housing at their own risk and liability. SAI, Apicius and FUA are not held responsible for housing and any related issues.

The James Beard Foundation is located in a historic brownstone in the West Village in NYC at: 167 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011. Students should consider housing in the West Village, Meatpacking District, East Village, Chelsea, and Soho.

Hotels

Hostel

Apartments

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law US citizens studying in Italy for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

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.