TuttoToscana is a specialized Fall program that combines academic learning, event management, and event production at real events. The program name means “all things Tuscan,” and aims to interpret, with the help of its international student/faculty team, unique themes pertaining to Tuscan culture in prestigious locations. Students begin event management and preparation through three weeks of academic coursework in Florence, which concludes with a weeklong production and staging of an event cycle in an exciting location – the James Beard Foundation and a rotating line-up of other important locations in the local community.
Program Structure and Areas
Students may choose from 3 different areas of event organization and production for 6-9 credits (Florence-NYC) or 3 credits (NYC-only). The 6 to 9-credit option follows a 4-week structure that begins with 3 weeks of academic and event preparation in Florence and concludes with the event cycle week in NYC. The 3-credit option follows a 1-week structure held directly 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.
Area 1: Event Planning & Communications (3*-6-9 credits)
Area 2: Art Direction: Digital Media & Visual Arts (3*-6-9 credits)
Area 3: Food & Wine Management (3*-6-9 credits)
*3-credit options are held directly in NYC as a 1-week session.
About the James Beard Foundation
The capstone events of the Florence-NYC edition in the fall season culminate at the James Beard Foundation, 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 TuttoToscana team presents its event concepts to the foundation members and the general public.
For further info:
Please see the Career Programs brochure in the FUA Academics area for general program details. Specific dates are available in the brochure available at the upcoming edition program page. The schedules of the courses listed below per program area and season may be consulted in our Academic Schedules. Courses are held in Session A. The 3-credit NYC-only course is found in the Fall Intersession/Seminar Week. For enrollment please visit the Admissions page.