What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
API students who want to study abroad in Florence may choose from over 400 courses at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Florence (LdM). Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects across the arts, humanities, business, and international relations. In addition to the free-elective course structure, several additional opportunities are available including internships, certificate programs, and professional development opportunities. Note that all students must take at least one language course per semester.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS (15-18 credits per semester)
Semester certificates give students the opportunity to gather the professional skills and the theoretical underpinnings of exciting fields in design and other subjects in a single semester.
Semester certificates include:
- Visual Communication for Fashion
- Interior Design in Contemporary Living
- Product Design towards Sustainability
- Architecture in Urban Context
- Art in Food: Italian Gastronomy and Balance in Nutrition: The Art of Cooking
- International Conflict Transformation
Certificate program dates and prices are generally the same as the regular LdM Florence programs. An $800 additional fee is charged for any certificate programs that involve 18 U.S. credits per semester or more. For academic year certificate programs, beginning students must enroll in the first semester of the first year course sequence. More information is provided for each specific certificate program post-acceptance.
ONE- AND TWO-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The LdM year-long Certificate Programs are designed to develop a student’s creativity, artistic talent, and technical skills within structured plans of study. These programs begin in the fall semester each year.
Combining a strong theoretical base with practical work for the pursuit of professional goals, LdM offers one- and two-year Certificates in the following disciplines:
- Fashion Design
- Fashion Marketing & Merchandising
- Graphic Design & Visual Communication
- Jewelry Design
- Interior Design
- Restoration & Conservation
- Fine Arts.
LDM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
LdM internships offer students the possibility to learn different aspects of working in Italy, a country known for its artisan and small business culture. LdM strives to place students in companies which enable them to explore and understand the strengths and structure of the Italian business environment in a variety of fields. Internships are available for credit and in combination with academic courses only.
Internship options are listed on the API/LdM course schedules on the website, and subjects may include:
- Art History
- Communications and Journalism
- Fashion Design, Marketing, and Merchandising
- Graphic Design
- International Business
- Public Administration (in Italian)
Students should indicate their interest in an internship upon application, and submit a résumé/C.V., essay, and portfolio. The internship essay should discuss the student’s reason for applying, expectations about the internship, and a detailed description of the duties in which the student would like to partake. An on-site interview is required of all students. Placements are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early!
LDM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The LdM Professional Opportunities Program offers students a non-credit experiential learning experience. It is similar to an internship, but it requires less time and is based on the completion of one single project. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate with both the LdM Institute and local Florentine businesses, organizations, and associations, and upon successful completion of the project, students receive a certificate of participation. The Professional Opportunities Project gives students the opportunity to add international work experience to their resume/curriculum vitae. The Professional Opportunities offered for each semester are generally announced at the beginning of the semester after the students have arrived, and the professional opportunities offered may differ from semester to semester.
Opportunities may include:
- Blogging for LDM Marketing Office
- Graphic Design for local businesses
- Marketing and social media for local businesses
Students receive transcripts from U.S.-accredited Marist College for courses taken at LdM. Marist College is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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