Foundation Year in Art and Design (Foundation Degree)


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The award
Foundation Degree

How long you will study
9 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 5750 per total

How you will study

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
EUR 5750 per total

All study options

About Foundation Year in Art and Design at Syracuse Academy

Learn Italian language and develop essential skills and knowledge to successfully enrol to Art and Design undergraduate degrees in the best Fine Arts and Design Academies in Italy.  Focus on your areas of interest while improving your technical skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

This 9-month preparatory program will provide a broad understanding of art and design in Italy. It will help you develop your portfolio and prepare for entry tests, while helping you to find out which art or design specialism is right for you. The Foundation Year program grants students pre-enrolment to MADE Design and Fine Arts Academy.

The ideal preparation for your undergraduate degree in  Arts and Design in Italy

The Foundation Year in Arts and Design program gives the opportunity to international students that wish to enrol in Italian university to enhance their knowledge of the Italian language and culture while learning fundamental concepts of art, design, and architecture in Italy.

The academic program is offered as 9 months of tuition with 600 hours of classes and workshops, complemented by an exam preparation course, arts and design practical labs, and cultural excursions.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will take the CILS B2 level exam (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) and receive academic titles with legal value, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, valid for enrolment into Italian undergraduate degree programs in Fine Arts and Design Academies in Italy.

During the Foundation Year, students will attend culture and art classes  at the MADE Program | Fine Arts and Design Academy, in which students will then be directly enrolled, upon completion of the Foundation Year, into the 3-year BA degree program in Fine Arts or Design.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFoundation DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study9 months
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course feesEUR 5750 per totalInternational course feesEUR 5750 per total

Notes about fees for this course

Application Fee: €2.100

– To be paid upon at least 30 days before the program start date

NB. non-EU students should pay the Enrolment Fee at least 90 days before the start of the program in order to process the visa application

Tuition Fee: € 5.750

– To be fully paid by program start date (Fall start: September 12th / Spring start: January 9th)

NB. All application documents should be sent at least 30 working days before the start of the program to 

Entry requirements

Students applying to join the Foundation Year program should provide the following documents:

– Secondary school leaving certificate or diploma

– English language B1 (lower intermediate) level certificate: IELTS 4.5, Cambridge PET or equivalent)

What students think about Syracuse Academy

    An incredible journey

    An incredible program to develop the core skills and techniques for art and design studio work, and master artisanship with different materials. I higly recommend the Foundation Year Program in Syracuse, I particularly enjoyed the 'Design Pathway Workshops' course. The courses are practical with labs and hands-on workshops guided by expert faculty and you get to meet lots of like minded local and international students. I have had chance to expand my portfolio for enrolment into the design degree program of my choice. Besides, all the teachers are native Italian so I learnt many things about Italian lifestyle, their beautiful culture, and their attitude in work and business as well.

    - Samuel Miller

    Art and beauty in Sicily

    I love art, I am especially obsessed by Italian art. I have known Italy for its fame as one of the most crucial centers of discovery in art and culture, and the main phases of its art, especially from the Renaissance to the Baroque and Neoclassical periods. The Foundation Year brings me deep into my interested area with its 'History Of Italian Art' course and the workships. Moreover, I had chance to experience beautiful Italian culture, fun life in Syracuse, and meeting many new friends from all around the world.

    - Arina Zubova

    Siracusa is the place to be!

    Thank you so much for the past 9 months. I'm very happy for everything. Professional teachers, interactive and interesting classes and workshops, and enchanting excursions for Italian culture. Love Syracuse Academy for giving me understanding of art and design and chances to develop my technical skills and artistic skills.

    - Dani Jones

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