Florence University of the Arts | The American Univeristy of Florence has recently unveiled a new campus on Via Guelfa dedicated to the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), the university’s largest academic division. Previously home to divisions of the Apicius School of Hospitality, the buildings on Via Guelfa have been dubbed the Palazzo delle Arti, and serves as a central hub for artistic and experiential learning. In line with the SAS discovery model of education, this new campus is meant to optimize students’ ability to build their skills in the visual, performance, and written arts. By providing specialized environments for each area of study, the Palazzo delle Arti is meant to empower students to discover the arts through hands on engagement with course materials. This new SAS headquarters is comprised of four centralized buildings: Via Guelfa 85, 112, 114, and 116. Despite the broad scope of academic subjects within SAS, the close proximity of these new facilities is designed to streamline the experience for students with multidisciplinary studies.
Among the highlights of the new campus is the center for fine arts, housed in Guelfa 85. Offering both studio classrooms and private studio spaces for students to work in, these bright, spacious facilities are fully equipped with essential materials for artistic creation. Other notable features of the complex are the mixed media and performance arts labs of Guelfa 116, complete with a ceramics studio as well as a spacious mirror room for those pursuing dance. In addition to these specialized environments, the campus also boasts four modern conference rooms as general lecture halls in Guelfa 112-114. The Palazzo delle Arti is not only dedicated to providing the best classroom experience possible, but also to creating common spaces for students to spend their time. Noted by students as a comforting, yet inspiring atmosphere to study and relax, there are several well-lit spaces throughout the campus for students to unwind. In short, the Palazzo delle Arti is a space curated to help students advance their opportunities for expression and genuine engagement with the various arts this school has to offer. By giving students the space to create and learn, these new facilities will empower students to discover the artist inside of them.