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For admissions please visit the Admissions area of Florence University of the Arts.

 

AREAS OF STUDY

 

The Undergraduate 4-Year Programs at FUA offer three areas of study that consist of 120 credits hours including a concentration area:
  • Cultural Studies, concentrations in: Art History, Fine Arts
  • Digital Publishing & Communication, concentrations in: Publishing, Digital Media, Visual Communication
  • Hospitality Management, concentrations in: Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, Culinary Arts and Food Service Management

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

FUA reviews applications from all over the world. We believe that the blending of cultures creates a more diverse and rich student body that adds to each student’s educational experience. Each application we receive is individually reviewed before a decision is made. 

  • Application form and fee: students must submit a completed and signed application form along with the application fee.

  • Official transcripts: For all undergraduate 4-year programs, students are required to submit a complete certified/official high school transcript and diploma (a certified English translation is required along with course descriptions and syllabi for faculty evaluation).

  • GPA Requirements: For US and Canadian students wishing to complete their Undergraduate Program with FUA, they must meet a minimum required cumulative GPA of 2.75.

  • Language proficiency: 6.5 IELTS or 71 TOEFL IBT. Students who score 6.0 IELTS or 61-71 TOEFL IBT will be required to take LACWRS070 (Research and Academic Skills) and LACWWR101 (Fundamentals of Writing). 
  • Each qualified applicant will be interviewed by an Admissions officer of FUA or their nominee in person, by telephone, or other communication means. The main purpose of the interview is to select motivated applicants with the ability to benefit from a solid commitment to our program. FUA actively encourages applications from students of all ages, gender, ethnic, and/or social background, and from students with disabilities.

  • Letters of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation must accompany the application. They must be addressed to FUA Admissions Office and sent electronically directly by the reviewer. Letters submitted by the student are not acceptable. The contents of the letter should address the student's academic ability, potential and what he/she will gain from studying at FUA and in Florence.

  • Personal Statements: Applicants must include a personal statement. This letter should help us learn more about the applicant and his/her qualities beyond test scores, grades, and work history.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Applicants can elect to send a Resume/Curriculum Vitae along with their application. This document should reflect the applicant's work and research history.

  • Direct admission to the 4-year programs is granted upon completion of select Certificate Career Programs, see specific 4-year program details for further information.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Students must successfully complete at least 42 credit hours in approved General Education courses. Courses must be taken in areas outside of the student major area to satisfy the General Education requirement of FUA and consistent with General Education component distribution as detailed below:
- English Composition (6 credit hours)
- Humanities (6 credit hours)
- Mathematics (6 credit hours)
- Physical & BiologicalSciences (6 credit hours)
- Social & Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
- Diversity & Intercultural Studies (6 credit hours)
- Italian Language (6 credit hours)

 

Please note: The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00, with no more than one grade lower than C- in core courses.

 

For detailed information regarding each 4-year program, please refer to the curricula below.

 

4-Year Undergraduate Program in Cultural Studies 

 

 

The 4-year curriculum in Cultural Studies provides a well-rounded education in the artistic and creative fields that directly benefit from the cultural heritage of Florence, Italy. The program offers two academic concentrations:

- Fine Arts 

- Art History

 

For admissions requirements see the undergraduate 4-year program section in the catalog introduction. 

 

Core Curriculum for 4-Year Program (27 credits):

LAAHAH210 Introduction to Art History

LAHSWC230 History of Western Civilization from Antiquity to 1500

LACWCW300 Creative Writing

LACSAH325 The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid
LAHSGR340 Galileo and the Scientific Renaissance

LAHSIR330 History of Italian Renaissance

LACLPC355 Literature of Migration
LAPSEG340 Ethics of Globalization

LARSWR300 World Religions 

 

Capstone Project – In the area of Program Concentration (3 credits)
LAAHCS400 Cultural Studies Capstone 

 

Concentration Coursework (24 credits) 

In addition to the required core courses, students must complete 24 credit hours in one of the two areas of concentration. 

 

Fine Arts Concentration 

A suggested, representative concentration might include the following specific courses: 

FAPDFD120 Foundation Drawing

FAPDFP120 Foundation Painting
FACECE200 Ceramics (Beginner)

FAAEAT300 Introduction to Art Therapy
FASCFS310 Foundation Sculpture
FAPDID220 Intermediate Drawing
FAPDIP220 Intermediate Painting
FAPDWC330 Watercolor and Tempera/Gouache Techniques

 

Art History Concentration

A suggested, representative concentration might include the following specific courses:

LAAHSS250 Symbols and Symbolism in Western Art

LAAHRA320 Renaissance Art in Florence 

LAAHAR340 Italian Renaissance Architecture

LAAHHB350 Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini

LAAHCI360 Contemporary Italian Art

LAAHTC370 Art Theory and Criticism 

LAAHGL360 Gardens of Love: Green Paradises in Italy from the Renaissance to Our Age 

IDRHMA360 Masters of Architecture 

 

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

See Gen Ed Requirements section above.

 

Free Electives (24 credits)

General Free Electives sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credits.

 

4-Year Undergraduate Program in Digital Publishing & Communication

 

 

The 4-year curriculum in Digital Publishing & Communication prepares students for future careers in fields such as digital media, the arts, publishing, and visual communication. The program offers three academic concentrations: 

- Digital Media

- E-Publishing

- Visual Communication

 

For admissions requirements see the undergraduate 4-year program section in the catalog introduction. For admissions requirements see the undergraduate 4-year program section in the catalog introduction. Direct admission to the 4-year program is granted to students enrolled in the FUA Certificate Career Program in Communication and Interactive Digital Media for photography, Publishing, and Visual Communication studies.

 

Core Curriculum for 4-Year Program (27 credits) 

DIVCGI210 Digital Graphic Illustration

CPPUFE300 Fundamentals of Publishing and Editing
CPPUEP330 E-Publishing
DIPHID180 Introduction to Digital Photography

DIDMRM260 Introduction to Rich Media: Podcast Production 

CPMCCM350 Intercultural Communication

CPMCCT330 Critical Thinking

FAFPFP140 Introduction to Film Photography

PSPDPO380 Portfolio Development 

 

Capstone Project – In the area of Program Concentration (3 credits)

CPPUCS400 Digital Publishing & Communication Capstone

 

Concentration Course Work (24 credits) 

In addition to the required core courses, students must complete 24 credit hours in one of the three areas of concentration.

 

Required concentration course work:

DIVCAD330 Introduction to Art Direction

LAAHTC370 Art Theory and Criticism

 

Digital Media

Plus courses to satisfy the 24-credit concentration requirement from one of the following departments or Schools: 

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

Examples of courses include but are not limited to:

LAAHHP310 History of Photography 

DIPHID300 Intermediate Digital Photography 

DIPHAD400 Advanced Digital Photography

DIVPCV200 Introduction to Creative Videomaking

DIVPAV350 Advanced Videomaking and Post-Production

DIPHSE550 Solo Exhibit and Publication of Solo Work

 

E-Publishing

Plus courses to satisfy the 24-credit concentration requirement from one of the following departments or Schools: 

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

Journalism, Communication, and Publishing

Plus courses to satisfy the 24-credit concentration requirement. Examples of courses include but are not limited to:

CPJLWM300 Writing for Digital Media 

CPPULM330 Magazine Editing and Publishing I 

CPPULM430 Magazine Editing and Publishing II 

CPPUPB310 Professional Book Production 

DIVCDF190 Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio I 

DIVCDF250 Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio II 

 

Visual Communication

Plus courses to satisfy the 24-credit concentration requirement from one of the following departments or Schools: 

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

Plus courses to satisfy the 24-credit concentration requirement. Examples of courses include but are not limited to:

DIVCDF190 Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio I 

DIVCDF250 Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio II 

DIVCWD200 Introduction to Web Design 

DIVPVE380 Digital Video Editing

DIVCMM340 Multimedia Studio I 

DIVCMM375 Multimedia Studio II 

 

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

See Gen Ed Requirements section above.

 

Free Electives (24 credits)

General Free Electives sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credits.

 

4-Year Undergraduate Program in Hospitality Management

 

 

The 4-year curriculum in Hospitality Management equips students for future careers in hospitality and tourism management. The program offers two academic concentrations:

- Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

- Culinary Arts and Food Service Management

 

For admissions requirements see the undergraduate 4-year program section in the catalog introduction. Direct admission options to the 4-year program are available for students who have successfully completed FUA Food, Wine, and Wellness Studies Certificate Career Programs.

 

Core Curriculum for 4-Year Program (31 credits) 

HPHTIH300 Introduction to Hospitality

FWFSSA300S Food Safety and Sanitation (1 credit)

FWDNIN305 Introduction to Nutrition

BUMAHR350 Human Resource Management

HPFBSM330 Front of the House Management

HPHTHM350 Hospitality Marketing

HPFBOM400 Food and Beverage Operations and Management 

BUAFAC200 Principles of Accounting

HPFBCS470 Catering Sales and Operations

BUMAOB470 Organizational Behavior

HPFBCC532 Cost Control 

 

Capstone Project - In the area of Program Concentration (2 credits)

HPHTFT400 Hospitality Career Capstone Experience

 

Internship/Field Experience (12 credits)

All Hospitality Management students must complete an internship in the field of hospitality and tourism industries.

PSINHO450/550/600/610 Internship/Externship in the Hospitality Industry

 

Concentration Coursework (24 credits)

In addition to the required core courses, students must complete 24 credit hours in one of the two areas of concentration.

 

Required concentration course work:

HPHTIM450 International Management for the Hospitality Industry

HPHLEM400 E-Marketing for the Hospitality Industry 

HPHTIN320 International Tourism

 

Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Plus 15 credit hours of major electives from one of the following departments or Schools:

International School of Hospitality

International School of Business

A suggested, representative concentration might include the following specific courses:

HPSMSM300 Introduction to Spa Management

BURERE280 Principles of Real Estate Management

HPFBRM390 Restaurant Management

BUREPM330 Property Management

HPHLHK420 Housekeeping Management

 

Culinary Arts & Food Service Management

Plus 15 credit hours of major electives from one of the following departments or Schools:

International School of Hospitality

A suggested, representative concentration might include the following specific courses:

FWCAPC330 Introduction to Professional Cooking

FWBPBI325 Breads of Italy: Traditional Breads, Flatbreads, and Rolls 

FWBPBT320 Baking Techniques I

FWCARC360 Italian Regional Cuisine and Pastry 

FWWEWA340 Wine Appreciation I: Wines of Italy

 

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

See Gen Ed Requirements section above.

 

Free Electives (9 credits)

General Free Electives sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credits.

 

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