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
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.
Be sure to check for any course additions, cancellations, or closures, and remember to pay close attention to prerequisites and class times in order to avoid conflicts.Not all courses are offered every session. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.
Courses are available at lower- and upper-division levels. In general, 100 level courses are elementary, 200–300 level courses are intermediate, and 400 level courses are advanced. Students who are taking Italian courses above the Elementary 101 level must take a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. Students who do not meet proficiency standards are assigned to the appropriate course.
Note that all students must take at least one language course per semester.
When obtaining pre-approval for course selections, students should refer to the Marist College course codes and titles, as these will appear on the transcript. If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Courses at LdM-Florence can fill up quickly. It is suggested that students apply EARLY for greater course availability. All students must take at least one Italian language course per semester. Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced), while most other courses are taught in English. Students take four to five courses and receive 12-16 credit hours per semester; most courses are equivalent to 3 credits. The number of credits for each course is indicated in parentheses after the course title. The program fee includes a maximum of 16 credits per semester session. Students may, however, take additional courses for credit for an additional fee per course. Courses are available at lower- and upper-division levels. In general, 100 level courses are elementary, 200–300 level courses are intermediate, and 400 level courses are advanced. Students who choose above the 101 level of Italian must complete a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. Students who do not meet the required proficiency level to complete an intermediate level or higher course are moved to the appropriate course. Not all courses listed in the catalog are offered every session. Course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed.
STUDIO ART COURSES
The class schedules on the API website indicate that many of the studio art courses involve two time blocks; students enrolled in those courses must attend both time blocks. Placement exams for studio arts courses are mandatory for any student wishing to register for a higher level than beginning. Studio art placement tests are administered during the first week of classes. Students are provided with the exact meeting time during orientation.
COURSE MATERIALS & LAB FEES
Many classes require that students purchase their own books and/or materials. The cost of materials varies depending on the type of course. While students may want to bring some basic, easily transportable materials (such as brushes or pastels) with them, most course materials should be purchased in Italy once classes start. By doing so, students can take the opportunity to speak directly with their instructors to make sure they buy exactly what is required for the course. Many studio arts, cuisine and wine appreciation courses require a lab fee that is paid by students upon arrival. In addition, several courses from different departments require that students pay for visits and field trips as noted in the course descriptions (on the website) for such courses.
- Classes taught in English and Italian with international students
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
- Internships available (for credit)
- Certificate program options
- Professional development opportunities